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The Five Scottish Seaside Towns You Need to Visit

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2021 is going to be the big year of the staycation, but that could well be a blessing in disguise, with plenty of places across the Scottish countryside offering picture perfect spots for a holiday.

There are many things we associate with the Great British holiday, from fish and chips to crabbing, amusements and, of course, bingo.

Scotland is awash with great spots for holidaying and if you’re looking for a little bit of seaside then why not try these five great seaside towns…

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Largs

Largs is one of Scotland’s more traditional seaside towns so if you’re looking for great fish, an afternoon on the beach and evening in the bingo halls, then this is the place.

There’s been a huge bingo boom in the country over the last 12 months, with tens of thousands of Scots taking up the game online enjoying the likes of slingo and 75-ball bingo. Click here to have a practice, before enjoying Largs’ famous pier and wonderful Barrfields Pavilion Theatre.

Dunbar

Dunbar is around 30 miles from Edinburgh and is renowned for the amount of sunshine it gets. It is a former royal burgh and has a high street jam-packed with shops offering all manner of trinkets.

Foxlake Adventures is a great spot for those thrill seekers with wakeboarding one of the best activities to enjoy in Dunbar, and then come mealtime The Creel is a stunning restaurant by the harbour.

Crail

Crail is another former royal burgh that offers a bit of tranquillity on the Fife coast. The historic fishing village is around 10 miles south of St Andrews and has stunning coastal paths and a charming village centre that has been beautifully maintained down the years.

There are some lovely and quaint little tea rooms, while a day trip to Crail should always be capped with an ice cream on the seafront.

St Abbs

St Abbs is another fishing village offering great walks and beautiful scenery and is at the very heart of the Berwickshire Coast. It was a filming location and the hometown of Thor in Avengers: Endgame so has welcomed many visitors since its premiere, while the local restaurants offer some of the very finest fish in Scotland.

The village is a popular haunt for scuba divers thanks to the unusually clear waters, and in fact because of this the first ever Voluntary Marine Reserve was established in the town by famous botanist and TV presenter David Bellamy.

Ullapool

Ullapool is along the coast in the Scottish Highlands and you’ll find dozens of places to stay that offer views to die for.

It’s a spot perfect for keen walkers, with the coastline and mountains surrounding the town making it the ideal place to explore. The town itself is around an hour’s drive from Stornoway and is also well known for its music festivals which have welcomed many famous Scottish acts down the years including Amy MacDonald and Franz Ferdinand.