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Guys I just love fishing from the awesome beaches that we have up here.
Great scenery, beautiful sand and quite often the beaches are relatively empty.
Places I have already fished are:-

Nairn.
Embo.
Dunnet Bay.
Big Sands, Gairloch.
Brora.
Scotstown.
Lunan Bay.
Cullen.
Oldshoremore.
Sandwood Bay.


Had some great days flattie bashing for Flounders, Dabs with a smattering of Plaice and Turbot and the odd Sea Trout.
Catching is nice but I just enjoy being out in some fantastic places.
Anyway anyone got some cracking beaches for me to visit now the better weather is hopefully approaching.
Cheers, Leo.
 

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Apart from the obvious ones in the Outer hebrides, some of my favourite beaches accessible by foot are the beaches on Gigha, the beaches right down to Campletown, and a few nice ones around Ardtoe, oldshoremore, tongue and my alltime fav at Achmelvich I have seen some amazing beaches you cant reach by foot and only accessible by boat or kayak.

Growing up in Haddington we used to go to Seacliff and Gullane all the time but they are full of dog**** now.
 

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Just googled "top 10 beaches in Scotland" Achmelvich looks great - just my cup of tea!
Also on the hit list - Durness.
Shandwick looks nice and "only" 1 1/2 hours from me.
 

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Durness and Balnakeil are a couple for you Leo, as FF said, if you can get the good lady and bairns out to the Outer Hebrides, they are truly "Something Else".
 

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Cheers mate.
Maybe save my holiday next year and go island hopping - too many great places on the mainland still to explore for this year.
 

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Aberdeen beach and Fraserburgh are two of the best beaches for numbers of fish in Scotland. Fraserburgh particularly produces some very nice fish.
 

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Westport beach, Machrihanish. Good fishing and stunning sunsets.
 

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What are anglers expectations in terms of size and numbers of fish when beach fishing?
The only problem with the beaches over here in the Hebrides is unpredictable nature of the weather which I think relegate the beaches here from "fantastic" to"chancy".
 

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What are anglers expectations in terms of size and numbers of fish when beach fishing?
The only problem with the beaches over here in the Hebrides is unpredictable nature of the weather which I think relegate the beaches here from "fantastic" to"chancy".
I think I'm maybe a bit weird Fredo, as I have limited expectations TBH in regard to size and numbers.
I have a horrendous habit of looking at whats around me as much as the rod tips!!!
Thats why I prefer to use a lure rod as I'm still free to do the looking bit and fish by touch. Lol.
Just being out is a good day for me, catching is a bonus, after reading that back it sounds a bit crap,
but I'm happy.

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Leaving the islands aside anywhere along the Caithness/Sutherland coast eg Durness / Tongue / Bettyhill.
Usually up there twice a year but after broon troot and salmon. Hardly ever see a soul on the beaches and always fancied a cast but never had the time.
 

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I have never seen the attraction to fishing a beach, probably because I dont really know what to look for and I prefer to target other species.

The best beach I have been to was in Vatersay where the cows all sit on the beach and climb the cliffs around them like they are cats. It was crazy warching them, especially aftet trying to copy thier route myself and really struggling.
 

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yip I toatally agree,ive fished some lovely beaches i.e. kinlochbervie,durness,campbelltown, thurso, never really caught much but the sunsets and the northern lights more than cover that.and like you im headin for some new marks this year so I will let you know what I find
 

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I have never seen the attraction to fishing a beach, probably because I dont really know what to look for and I prefer to target other species.

The best beach I have been to was in Vatersay where the cows all sit on the beach and climb the cliffs around them like they are cats. It was crazy warching them, especially aftet trying to copy thier route myself and really struggling.
Maybe it's because they're 4 wheel drive!!!!! :giveup:
 

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What are anglers expectations in terms of size and numbers of fish when beach fishing?
The only problem with the beaches over here in the Hebrides is unpredictable nature of the weather which I think relegate the beaches here from "fantastic" to"chancy".

Never have huge expectations mate - especially on a first visit.
If I go back a few times and start to really get to know a place then expectations go up a little.
Had some good days fishing though - 12 Flounders, plus the odd Turbot and a couple of Sea Trout in a full tide on beaches that look really nice but are supposedly devoid of fish.
Nairn can produce some big Flounders around Oct/Nov time and my biggest Sea Trout - 4lber came from a deserted beach.
O.k West coast sea lochs for bigger specimens and more variety but something about a big open surf beach that just really gets my juices flowing.
 

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Leo

Leaving the islands aside anywhere along the Caithness/Sutherland coast eg Durness / Tongue / Bettyhill.
Usually up there twice a year but after broon troot and salmon. Hardly ever see a soul on the beaches and always fancied a cast but never had the time.

Cheers mate.
Got a wee trip planned with the kids early April up that way.
Might be a bit early, but with this mild winter you never know your luck.
Anyway if the kids can dig to Australia in the sand then everyone's a winner! - hopefully the weather stays kind.
 

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I have never seen the attraction to fishing a beach, probably because I dont really know what to look for and I prefer to target other species.

The best beach I have been to was in Vatersay where the cows all sit on the beach and climb the cliffs around them like they are cats. It was crazy warching them, especially aftet trying to copy thier route myself and really struggling.

Mate even a featureless beach has features - look for gulley's - even a few inches deeper and sandbar's.
Some fish like Flounders will come over the sandbar's really close in whereas other species might sit the sea ward side of the sandbar's, like Rays.
Long distance casting can help but at night you will be surprised how close fish come in, even in really shallow water - say less than 6ft deep.
Gulley's running parallel to the beach are like highways for fish to travel along and food sits in the bottom of them out of the main current.
Any patches of gravel/pebbles will attract fish as will worm beds, mussel beds etc.
Also you can't beat a touch of lady luck as well!!
 
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