Aberdeenshire success in Scottish Beach Awards as charity announces 2018 winners

Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful has announced that eight beaches in Aberdeenshire have received Scottish Beach Awards in 2018, recognising the high standards provided to users - from keeping sand litter free to providing excellent information and accessible amenities.

Signalling the start of the traditional Scottish bathing season on June 1, the annual Scottish Beach Awards celebrate some of the best managed beaches in the country and act as a benchmark for local environmental quality on Scotland’s coastline.

The Aberdeenshire winning beaches include:
●             Balmedie
●             Cruden Bay
●             Inverboyndie
●             Peterhead Lido

A full regional list and breakdown of award winners can be found here

Provost of Aberdeenshire, Cllr Bill Howatson, said: “We're pleased to have done so well in these awards, which are formal recognition of the consistently high standards of beaches throughout Aberdeenshire, and the work which goes in to keep them that way.

“It is very important that locals and visitors can enjoy our area's enchanting beaches in a clean and sustainable environment and hopefully take away memories which will last a lifetime.

“We pride ourselves on the quality of our outdoor environment and hope this recognition will encourage even more people to experience the very best of Aberdeenshire.”

Many of the award winners are long standing beaches who have managed to maintain consistent quality of facilities over many years. This includes Gullane Bents in East Lothian and St Andrews West Sands in Fife which have both received the accolade for 26 years, and Aberdour Silver Sands also in Fife and Nairn Central in the Highlands that will be flying the flag for 25 consecutive years.

Fife has also retained its title as the region with the most awards, home to 15 award winning beaches. The Highlands is a close second with 12.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented: “Now in their 26th year, the Scottish Beach Awards help to set the standard for our stunning coastlines and inland shores - making sure that they provide visitors with litter free sand, excellent amenities and helpful information about water quality.

“Organisations from all across Scotland have been working hard to ensure that the beach continues to provide a great day out for all the family alongside benefitting people’s health, wellbeing and local economies.”

For a beach to be successful in achieving a Beach Award, it has to meet a significant, and varied, criteria, including the provision of information on water quality. The full criteria can be accessed here.

Focussing on local environmental quality, the award is designed to complement the work currently undertaken by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency on bathing water quality.

A map showing all the award-winning beaches with directions, facilities and images can be found at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/beach

You can also find information on Aberdeenshire beaches on our website.