Highland beaches gain Seaside Awards
KEEP Scotland Beautiful has announced that 11 Highland beaches will fly Seaside Award flags above their sands this year – eight in Sutherland, two in Ross-shire and one in Nairn.
And, with the weather beginning to warm up, KSB is urging people to take a trip to an award-winning beach and enjoy Scotland’s beautiful seaside environment.
The Seaside Award programme has been recognising Scotland's best-managed beaches for 18 years, and this year 56 beaches have achieved award status.
There are two categories to the Seaside Award, one that recognises the more rural nature of Scotland’s beaches and a second that is given to resort beaches.
All Seaside Award winners, no matter which category they fall into, must have well-managed bathing-water quality, good facilities where present, excellent litter-management procedures, information provision and community involvement. Adequate safety measures must also be in place.
The Highlands received a Resort Seaside Award for Nairn for the 17th consecutive year and Rural Seaside Awards for Dornoch – which has been an award-winner for 16 consecutive years – and Achmelvich and Golspie, which have both clocked up 10 years.
Rural awards have also been given to Brora beach, Sango Bay (Durness), Embo beach, Melvich beach, Strathy Bay, Portmahomack and Shandwick Bay.
John Summers OBE, chief executive of KSB, said: “Over the past 10 years the number of Seaside Awards in Scotland has more than quadrupled – there were just 13 in 2000 – so I would like to pay tribute to all the hard work that goes into achieving and keeping these awards by the Highland Council and the local communities.
“I would also like to encourage people, particularly in this economic climate, to make use of the fantastic beaches we have around the Scottish coast this summer and then let us know what they think of them by using our new exciting ‘score the shore’ rating system on our website.”
Councillor Sandy Park, convener of the Highland Council, said: “Our beaches are major tourism attractions in the Highlands, and keeping them attractive to visitors and locals is vital to the holiday and day-trip destination markets coming to our area. This is even more important this year within the current economic climate and the likelihood of more people staying at home for their holidays due to the effects of volcanic ash clouds on flights.”
- Achmelvich (pictured), Dornoch, Golspie, Brora, Sango Bay, Embo, Melvich and Strathy are all in Sutherland, while Portmahomack and Shandwick Bay are in Easter Ross.