These are the beaches in Scotland and Northern Ireland that have been awarded Blue Flags

These are the Blue Flag beaches in Scotland and Northern Ireland

The Blue Flag beach award is widely considered the gold standard for beaches.

Ideally suited to resort beaches with plenty of facilities, the Blue Flag criteria are divided into four categories. These are: environmental education and information; water quality; environmental management; and safety and services. These are the beaches in Scotland and Northern Ireland that were awarded the Blue Flag.

Near Earlferry, this sheltered Scottish beach has a lot of handy facilities.

5. Elie Woodhaven (Ruby Bay)

Near Earlferry, this sheltered Scottish beach has a lot of handy facilities.
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Downhill Strand beach forms the eastern end of a 7 mile stretch of sand near the town of Castlerock, Northern Ireland.

6. Downhill Strand

Downhill Strand beach forms the eastern end of a 7 mile stretch of sand near the town of Castlerock, Northern Ireland.
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Mill Strand is a golden, sandy beach looking west from the small seaside resort town of Portrush.

7. Mill Strand

Mill Strand is a golden, sandy beach looking west from the small seaside resort town of Portrush.
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Magilligan Strand, near Limavady in Northern Ireland, is popular with surfers and is backed by one of the largest dune systems in the UK.

8. Magilligan Strand - Benone Beach

Magilligan Strand, near Limavady in Northern Ireland, is popular with surfers and is backed by one of the largest dune systems in the UK.
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