From sparkling white sands that look as if they’ve been imported from the Caribbean to cobalt coasts chock-full of incredible wildlife, Scotland’s beaches are among the best in the world – and Troon Yacht Haven is the perfect base to explore them from!

Calgary Beach, Mull

Calgary Beach, Mull, Inner Hebrides

Small but spectacular, there’s no better spot in Scotland for a spot of sand-sat stargazing than Mull’s Calgary Beach. With its white sands flanked by rolling green fields and uninterrupted views of Coll and Tiree, this tiny beach offers big skies and blue water to enjoy day and night. The name comes from the Gaelic ‘Cala Ghearraidh,’ which translates as ‘the meadow beside the bay.’ A bonny name for a bonny beach. View on a map

Lamlash Bay, Arran Credit Visitscotland

Lamlash Bay, Arran, Firth of Clyde

There’s something almost mystical about the views from Lamlash. Quite fitting, really, given that the spectacular coastal views from the bay take in the aptly-named Holy Isle, which is owned by Tibetan monks who run a retreat at the lighthouse! View on a map

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Troon South Beach Prominade

Barassie & South Beach, Troon, Ayrshire

One of Ayrshire's most popular and accessible beaches, Barassie Beach lies just beyond the marina walls to the north of Troon and it's a popular spot for watersport-watching. The vast, peaceful golden sands at low tide stretch as far as the eye can see, with views Arran across the Firth of Clyde.

With the popular esplanade with ice creams and fish & chips on offer, Troon's South Beach offers the perfect family day out. The beach curves from the headland, past the famous Royal Troon Golf Course, for nearly 5miles to the edge of Prestwick. Keep your eyes peeled for Ailsa Craig on a clear day, roughly 26miles from Troon. View on a map

Silver Sands Of Morar

Silver Sands Of Morar, Morar, West Coast

Strung like pearls along the coastline from Arisaig to Morar, the Silver Sands of Morar are some of Scotland’s most beautiful beaches. Featured in films such as Highlander and Local Hero, their spectacularly blue shallows and sparkling shores have long lured photographers, film-makers and lovers seeking to score their names in the sand. You can see why. View on a map

Camus Cul An Tabh Beach, Iona

Camus Cul An Tabh, Iona, Inner Hebrides

“The Bay at the Back of the Ocean” (so called because the next landfall is Newfoundland) might be one of Iona’s lesser-known beaches but it’s also arguably its most spectacular. Bordered by beautiful wildflower meadows and a cobalt coastline, its blindingly white sands are among the best Scotland has to offer. View on a map

East Beach, Vatersay

East Beach, Vatersay, Outer Hebrides

The first time you catch a glimpse of the Isle of Vatersay’s East Beach and you might think you’ve strayed far, far off course and ended up in the Seychelles. Sweeping white sands, sparkling aquamarine waters and rolling hills in the distance – the bay is one of Scotland’s most beautiful beaches and well worth the trip to the southernmost tip of the Outer Hebrides. View on a map

Sanna Bay, Ardnamurchan

Sanna Bay, Ardnamurchan, West Coast

Set on mainland Britain’s most westerly point on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Sanna Bay offers magnificent scenery, rolling sands plucked straight from a picture postcard and breathtaking views of the Small Isles. Even dolphins seem taken by its spectacular landscapes and can often be found frolicking in its azure waters. View on a map

Luskentyre Sands, Harris

Luskentyre Sands, Isle Of Harris, Outer Hebrides

No cruise to the Outer Hebrides is complete without a visit to South Harris’ spectacular Luskentyre Sands – although you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d sailed into the Caribbean. Miles of blindingly white sands, crystal-clear turquoise water – it’s like a little Hebridean slice of Barbados! View on a map

Plane At Traigh Mhor, Barra Credit Visitscotland

Traigh Mhor, Isle Of Barra, Outer Hebrides

Only in Scotland can a trip to the beach mean sharing the sands with aircraft! On Barra’s Traigh Mhor (“Big Beach”), propeller planes swoop right onto the sands.  It’s the only scheduled flight in the world that lands on a runway that's washed by tides twice a day! When it’s not serving as the planet’s most spectacular landing strip, its wide arc of gleaming white sand makes it one of Scotland's most beautiful beaches. View on a map

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