In their words...
why we love Scotland
Famed for its mountains, monsters, golf courses, glens, reef breaks, wilderness, remote beauty, cities, history and stunningly rugged coastlines, Scotland should be on every beach-lovers ‘to go list’. Amongst the picture postcards of Scotland’s rugged mountains and rolling glens are images of two significant bodies of water – one renowned for its “bonnie, bonnie, banks” and the other for something monstrous hidden in the depths…
We seek to protect the former and tackle the things beneath the surface, littering or polluting our coast.
From the white sandy beaches of the Hebrides, the world-class waves that firmly put Thurso and the North Shore on the map or a raft of other coves, breaks and sandy expanses – Scotland’s coastlines are a national treasure enjoyed by: watersports enthusiasts, nature-lovers, dog-walkers, ramblers and many, many more. These are the places we cherish to share with others or places where we retreat to in order to find solitude.
Formed from 790 islands and the top third of Britain’s landmass, the Scottish coastline stretches for a staggering 10,250, helped in no small part by the West coast being riddled with fjord-like sea lochs.
The striking, more urban, coastline of Scotland’s East Coast is a tourist honey pot with a far higher population and a wide range of beaches; from Coldingham Bay and Dunbar, south of Edinburgh, to the famous golden stretches around St Andrews and then on to Aberdeen.
North of the Firth of Forth and the scenery changes. Long famous for its powerful and dangerous waves, the remoteness and rurality of the north coast are in direct contrast with the hustle and bustle of the urban conurbations further south. The famous village of John O’Groats is nestled in the highlands, exactly 874 miles from its counterpart of Lands’ End, Cornwall. The RSPB nature reserve of Dunnet Head is the northern-most point of mainland UK.
Travelling down the West Coast, is more of a zig zag as the vast majority of the country’s coastline is in play here. Myriad islands and sea lochs, brooded over by the towering Ben Nevis, are exposed to the sheer, raw power of the north Atlantic.