National recognition

Nine Aberdeenshire beaches, including Stonehaven, have been given the coveted Seaside Award by the country’s leading charity for the environment, Keep Scotland Beautiful. The award, given annually, recognises high standards of cleanliness, safety, and water quality.

Stonehaven has proudly flown the Rural Seaside Award Flag every year since 2007. They are joined this year by Balmedie (since 2006), Collieston (since 2004), Cruden Bay (since 2010), Fraserburgh (since 2008), Fraserburgh Waters of Philorth (since 2008), Inverboyndie (since 2007), Peterhead Lido (since 2008) and Sandend (since 2010).

Derek Robertson, Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Chief Executive, said: “With an increasing number of people choosing to take their holidays at home in Scotland, there has never been a better time to enjoy your local Aberdeenshire beaches. The Seaside Award highlights that these beaches are an important resource to the local economy and that they are your beaches to enjoy.

“There is something for everyone amongst this year’s Scottish winners - from large beaches with lifeguarded swimming areas and bustling promenades, to secluded bays which are havens for wildlife, and windswept beaches perfect for wind & kite surfing.

“I am delighted that Aberdeenshire has achieved nine Seaside Award Flags this year. Over the last 12 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 in to achieving and keeping these awards by Aberdeenshire Council and the local communities, and I would encourage everyone, particularly in this economic climate, to make use of the fantastic beaches we have around the Scottish coast this summer”.