Nearest Seaside Award Beaches Aberdeenshire
Seaside Award beaches in , Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom. Unlike the Blue Flag beach award, each country also has its own seaside award to signify a good standard of beach and facilities. The awards evaluate a beach on water quality, information displays, environmental management, safety and services.
Below we list the current Aberdeenshire beaches that hold a Seaside Award.
- Fraserburgh beach is a 2-mile long sandy beach backed by sand dunes that stretches eastwards away from the fishing harbour. The eastern end is also referred to as Philorth beach after the Philorth Local Nature Reserve. The beach is popular with surfers, windsurfers and divers. The west end of the beach has access to all the facilities in Fraserburgh whilst the eastern end at Philorth has a car park.
- Aberdeen beach itself is famous for its golden sand and its long curved length between the harbour (Footdee) and the River Don’s mouth. The beach suffers from the erosion of the sand so there are distinctive groyne or walls, to help keep the sand in place. The beach is popular with walkers, surfers, kite surfers and windsurfers, is backed by the famous Beach Esplanade where there are restaurants, a cinema and an amusement park. Other facilities by the beach include toilets, car parking and boardwalks in the dunes.
- Balmedia Country Park Beach is a 16 km sandy beach near Aberdeen where water sports like kite surfing and swimming are popular. The beach area has large sand dunes attracting wildlife and birds as well as sun lovers and a network of boardwalks take you through the dunes to the beach from the bus stop. Facilities include toilets, boardwalks, dunes, watersports, wildlife and birds and a nature reserve. Parking is easy with over 100 bays and more in the park itself.
- Cruden Bay Beach is sandy and has a lot of room as it’s a very long beach with the ruins of Slains Castles at the top giving you a good walk if you’re tired of sunbathing! There is a golf course here as well as harbour facilities like toilets and a post office with other facilities in the nearby town. The car park is on the other side of the burn and you need to cross the bridge to access the beach.
- Inverboyndie beach is within Boyndie Bay to the eat of Banff. The beach is a long sandy beach backed by a grassy area at the car park. Facilities at the beach include car parking, toilets, children’s play area, caravan park. For shops and places to eat you will need to visit Banff.
- Peterhead Lido Beach is the most sheltered of Aberdeenshire’s many sandy beaches as it is inside the inner harbour of Peterhead’s offshore supply base and just a short walk from the town center. There is a marina, campsite and ample car parking nearby with full facilities in the town of Peterhead nearby. Various watersports are allowed here and there is a lovely walk up to Buchan Ness. There are many attractions in reach of this area like the castles, the archaeological sites and other activities such as Go Ape for family fun and you’ll find good accommodation close to the beach too. Nice thing about this beach is that there are no dog restrictions! The water quality is excellent and they’ve won the Green Coast Award and are Marine Conservation Society Recommended too! Pop in and visit the Peterhead Lifeboat Station while you’re there.