And with around 18,000 of coastline – including over 700 islands – it would take you a lifetime to explore them all.
Beaches are particularly popular with dog walkers, giving their adored pets a chance to stretch their legs, fetch sticks, meet friends, and take a dip in the water.
Scottish dog owners are lucky in that the vast majority of beaches are we.coming to four-legged members of the family, as long as people are careful to control and pick up after their pet.
But some places require dogs to be kept on leads or have a ban for some or all of the year.
Before you set out for an adventure, or book that dream coastal break with your pooch, here are the places that are less than welcoming to pooches.
Achmelvich Bay – Dogs are not permitted on the beach during the peak tourist season and neither of the camping and caravan sites allow dogs.
Nairn East Beach – Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.
Aberlady Bay – Dogs are not permitted on the nature reserve.
Coldingham Bay – Dogs are allowed on the beach but must be kept on a lead from June to September.
Lunderston Bay – Dogs are allowed all year round but not in the picnic area or children’s play area.
Broughty Ferry Beach – Dogs are excluded from the western area of the beach between May 1 and September 30. The eastern beach is dog friendly all year.