SIX of South Ayrshire's beaches have received a national award.

Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful has announced that six of South Ayrshires favourite beaches have been awarded the prestigious Scotland’s Beach Award.

The 2023 award winners include first time winner Barassie Beach, following its designation as an official bathing water in 2022, and Maidens, which celebrates 10 consistent years of award status.  

Ayr Beach, Prestwick, Girvan and Troon South Beach will also fly the award flag this summer after repetitive years of success.

The six beaches in South Ayrshire have been recognised with Scotland’s Beach Award - the only national benchmark for local environmental quality celebrating clean, well-managed and sustainable beaches.

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rances Carson, Troon Community Council, commented on Barrasie Beach's first win: "This is a real honour for our wee Town of Troon to receive such a prestigious award.

"It will bring even more visitors to our lovely beaches and town.

"Thank you to Keep Scotland Beautiful. Thank you to the people who maintain this beach and thank you to the public for leaving this lovely Beach as they found it. 

"Troon warmly welcomes all visitors. Thank you."

Jamie Ormiston, awards officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful said: “Scotland's Beach Awards are the benchmark for quality, celebrating clean, well-managed and sustainable beaches.

"Our award-winning beaches demonstrate excellent beach management and we hope that all who visit this year play their part in keeping them beautiful. 

"I’d like to thank all those in South Ayrshire who do so much to protect, maintain and enhance our beaches, protecting the sand and sea for us all to enjoy.”

In order to achieve Scotland’s Beach Award, a range of criteria must be met, including beach safety, access and facilities, and cleanliness.

Focusing on local environmental quality, the award is designed to complement the work undertaken by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency on bathing water quality.

A map showing all the award-winning beaches with directions, facilities and images can be found at

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