Coldingham beach has been awarded a Resort Seaside Award by Keep Scotland Beautiful and will continue to fly the Seaside Award flag for the eight year in a row.
The Seaside Award scheme has been used as a quality benchmark for Scotland’s beaches for the past 22 years and recognises good water quality and excellent litter, safety and environmental management procedures. It was awarded to 61 beaches across Scotland this year including Belhaven and Dunbar in East Lothian.
Coldingham beach was given five stars by visitors who posted comments on the Keep Scotland Beautiful website last summer. Dunbar’s Belhaven beach also got five stars and Dunbar East beach two stars.
Posting his comment on June 10, 2013, Andrew said: “Magnificent, very sheltered bay which I visited recently and was well impressed by the lifeguard patrol and cleanliness. Great facilities around, all set in a wonderful location. Again, like others, it is a real shame to see the beach without Blue flag status, but nevertheless still one of my big favourites in Scotland.”
And Margaret Smith commented: “Fantastic beach, great cafe and lovely walk round the headland to St Abbs. Well worth a visit.”
A ‘resort’ beach is actively managed and promoted as a tourist destination, usually close to, or within easy reach of, an urban area. Resort beaches are awarded only if they meet high environmental quality standards and a series of other criteria set down by Keep Scotland Beautiful and would usually be expected to have a café, shop, toilets, first aid, a telephone and be accessible by public transport.
The Seaside Awards help visitors find the best managed areas of Scotland’s seaside and coastline and recent visitor figures show that in 2013 there seaside holidays increased their share of holiday trips to 17% (from 14%).
Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing MSP, said: “Scotland has some of the best beaches in the world – from traditional bucket and spade resorts to remote rural locations – and this highest level of Seaside Awards is evidence of the quality and experience that they offer to visitors and locals.
“Our natural environment is an important reason as to why people visit Scotland. Our beaches play a large part in this, and it is fantastic to see so many gain accolades through the Seaside Awards, and the work that beach managers and Keep Scotland Beautiful do in ensuring this.”
Mark Bevan, head of campaigns at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Scotland’s beaches have something for everyone to enjoy – excellent environmental quality, bustling promenades, secluded bays and biodiversity rich shores, therefore, maintaining standards is vitally important.
“Keep Scotland Beautiful is working to improve the quality of our local environment across the country, and we know that beaches are an important asset for local communities and their economies so it is great to announce so many awards in recognition of excellent management this year, including the popular Coldingham beach in the Scottish Borders.”