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30 May 2014, 05:34
The independent environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has announced the winners of its 2014 Scottish Seaside Awards, with more beaches than ever receiving credit for environmental quality and an exceptional seaside experience.
61 beaches have been recognised this year for their good water quality and excellent litter, safety, and environmental management procedures.
Beaches flying the Seaside Award flag range from Maidens Beach in South Ayrshire to family favourites Millport and Portobello.
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 alike. Our natural environment is an important reason as to why people visit Scotland - 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."
Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of 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."