FIVE SHETLAND beaches have been given Seaside Award flags in recognition of their beauty, litter management, safety procedures and water quality, Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) announced on Monday.
The beaches are Sands of Breckon and West Sandwick, both in Yell, also Tresta, in Fetlar, and the south mainland beaches of St Ninian’s Isle and West Voe.
Shetland Islands Council’s head of environment and building services, Stephen Cooper said: “We aredelighted that Shetland has once again increased its number of award winning beaches. Not only does it show the excellent quality of Shetland’s natural environment, but also the commitment of the local communities who play a significant part in the beach management.
“Last year, two of our beaches were in the top three favourites in Scotland. This year we hope to maintain that high standard.”
KSB chief executive Derek Robertson said: “I’d also like to encourage people, particularly in this economic climate, to make use of the fantastic beaches we have around the Scottish coast this summer and then let us know what they think of them by using our exciting ‘score the shore’ rating system at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/coastal”.