Scotland is a country that’s full of surprises, and fortunately most of them are pleasant ones. Its meandering coastline hides secluded bays with deserted sandy beaches. Grassy headlands shelter the small and picturesque harbours of sleepy fishing villages where boats, as the tides inevitably rise and fall, tug silently at the ropes that anchor them to the shore.
It was the pounding of ocean waves that, aeons ago, carved out the extensive Smoo caves that can be seen in this image gallery and that are a popular tourist attraction, but these great coastal caverns are certainly not the only feature of the landscape that attracts visitors to the northern reaches of Britain,
Many tourists are lured here by the rugged beauty of Scotland’s rocky western coast where deserted beaches are embraced by rocky outcrops that lie at the feet of the highlands, while others come to explore the Scottish islands.
Scotland has almost 800 islands, all of which can be easily accessed by regular ferry services. Some, like the picturesque island of Bute that is featured in this image gallery, are only a short distance from the mainland, while the equally enchanting Isle of Skye, which is also featured here, can be accessed via a road bridge.
This collection of photos provides a glimpse of the Scottish coast in its many guises, and by clicking on the buttons below you can discover what other countries of Britain have to offer.
To view a list of the coastal locations in Scotland that are featured in this photo gallery
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