Life’s a beach - and the best are in Fife!

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WITH soft sand and blue sea Burntisland Beach and Aberdour Silver Sands have once again been named two of the world’s best beaches.

In the toughest test conditions yet the two local hotspots passed all that was asked of them and have won the right to fly the internationally recognised Blue Flag thoughout 2013.

Aberdour Silver Sands

Aberdour Silver Sands

However with wet summers and stricter water quality standards this year Kinghorn (Pettycur) has lost its status, as did Leven East and Elie Harbour further up the coast.

In fact Elie Ruby Bay, also in Fife, was the only other beach from throughout the whole of Scotland to reach the necessary standard.

Despite the losses Grant Ward, head of leisure and cultural services at Fife Council, preferred to focus on the positive. He said: “To have the only Blue Flags flying in Scotland is a fantastic achievement for all concerned and reflects the hard work and commitment of the Council, Fife Coast & Countryside Trust and communities throughout Fife.

“There are some really innovative pieces of work happening along Fife’s coast that all contribute to delivering award winning beaches year after year.”

The Blue Flag symbolises that a beach has the highest possible water quality and excellent facilities; including the presence of lifeguards, first aid, litter management, access for the disabled and regular cleaning.

Amanda McFarlane, chief executive of Fife Coast and Countryside Trust which manages both the beaches and coastal path on behalf of Fife Council, added: “We’re thrilled to see that Fife has the only beaches in all of Scotland that has met this new criteria and have been awarded the blue flags.

“This is another reason why Fife continues to be ranked as the number one destination for outdoor recreation in Scotland.”

The Blue Flag Awards announcement coincided with the 2013 Scottish Seaside Awards being revealed.

In Fife 14 beaches were given awards. Locally Rural Seaside Awards were granted to Aberdour Black Sands, Kinghorn Harbour and Kirkcaldy Seafield.

Resort Seaside Awards were given to Aberdour Silver Sands, Burntisland and Kinghorn (Pettycur).

Derek Robertson, CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful, which administers both awards, said: “Fife should be proud of the achievements of so many beaches across the county that have met the standards required for both Blue Flag and Seaside Awards.”