Six Fife beaches have been granted the prestigious International European Blue Flag award.
The flags were handed over last week to the Provost of Fife, Councillor Frances Melville, at a ceremony at West Sands Beach, St Andrews.
West Sands is joined by East Sands, St Andrews, Aberdour Silver Sands, Burntisland, Elie Ruby Bay (Woodhaven) and Leven, meaning the Kingdom has six out of the seven Blue Flags given to Scottish beaches this summer.
The flags will be flying proudly until August 31.
This means people using the beaches can be assured of the highest possible water quality and excellent facilities; including the presence of lifeguards, first aid, access for the disabled and regular cleaning.
Provost Melville said: ”It gave me great pleasure to accept the award on behalf of Fife Council.
“For many centuries, our coastline has made important contributions to the quality of life in our local communities and is now a key component for the local tourist industry.
“Fife is committed to being a leading green council, improving local conditions for economic development and improving sport, leisure and cultural opportunities.
“Our magnificent award-winning beaches help deliver on these priorities.
“To win so many awards requires a great deal of dedicated hard work by many people and these accolades represent a marvellous achievement by our local communities and council services.”
Councillor Brian Goodall, chair of the council’s housing and communities committee, added his congratulations.
He said: “This is a terrific achievement and fantastic that Fife continues to lead the way in winning these awards.
“There are some really innovative pieces of work happening along Fife’s coast that all contribute to delivering award-winning beaches year after year.
“Community groups are tireless in their efforts to help maintain their local beaches.
“Campaigns, including the beaches pledge, green dog walkers and ‘bag it and bin it’ have encouraged Fifers to commit to being responsible with litter when visiting the coast.
Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, added: “It is credit to the hard work and determination of Fife Council, and the local communities, that Fife has added another jewel to its crown this year – by achieving six Blue Flag beaches after their success of five in 2010.
The council has worked tirelessly to raise standards, and this is definitely evident in the results, giving local residents and visitors alike a wide range of well managed beaches to visit this year.”