FOUR local beaches have been named winners in the prestigious 2019 Scottish Beach Awards.

Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful announced Ayr South Beach; Maidens; Prestwick; and Troon (South Beach) as winners in the annual awards which recognise the best beaches across the country and act as the benchmark for local environmental quality all along Scotland’s coastline.

Councillor Ian Cochrane, Environment Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council, said: “We are extremely proud that four of our beaches have won this prestigious award. It’s great that Prestwick beach has been recognised, as we have worked closely with the local community to return the amenity beach to its former glory.

“It’s a huge commitment to maintain large stretches of heavily used beach and I’d like to thank all those who work tirelessly to keep our beaches clean and safe.”