Coldingham Bay claims Scottish Beach Award

Published: 30th May 2017

Coldingham Bay

Keep Scotland Beautiful, has announced that Coldingham Bay has been recognised for the 11th consecutive year for the high standards provided to users.

Signalling the start of the traditional Scottish bathing season on 1st June, with families set to flock to Scottish shorelines to make the most of the warm weather, the Scottish Beach Awards celebrate some of the best managed beaches in the country and has acted as the national benchmark for local environmental quality around Scotland’s coastline for a quarter of a century.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful

“The Scottish Beach Awards set the standard for our stunning coastlines and inland shores - making sure that they are litter free, provide excellent facilities for families and encourage more visitors to our beautiful beaches.

“Going to the beach is a tradition that we want to continue, whilst protecting this valuable environment. It is vital that we maintain our support for organisations efforts to ensure that the Scottish Borders’ coastlines offer a great day out whilst recognising the wider benefits of a good quality environment for people’s health and wellbeing and local economies.”

Having started out as the Scottish Seaside Awards in 1993 with only two entrants, the Scottish Beach Awards have gone from strength to strength - increasing 30 fold in the past 25 years.

Keith Robeson, our Senior Countryside Ranger

“We are delighted that Coldingham Sands has been named amongst the Seaside Award winners once again.

“This is the 11th year the beach has picked up this award, and the Council, who manages the sands, is proud that the beauty spot has been recognised for its cleanliness.

“Stretching for one kilometre, thousands of people visit each year for the beach’s wildlife, clean sands and coastal walks within its sheltered environment.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors again this summer to this clean, safe and attractive shore.”

How are the beaches assessed?

With domestic visits to seaside locations in Scotland worth over £3m per annum to the Scottish economy, the awards serve as a quality benchmark for the provision of facilities to visitors - from assessing toilet provision to the maintenance of beautiful promenades and the cleanliness of secluded bays.

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 full regional list and breakdown of award winners are available.