Photography · Scotland

Friday photo: Aberdour beach

There are two beaches in the Fife village of Aberdour, separated by a headland. The larger of the two, and very popular in the summer, is called the Silver Sands. A quiet road leads down to the smaller, and much less busy, Black Sands (whose sands are, in fact, white). This year, Black Sands beach won a Keep Scotland Beautiful Beach Award, and last year the nearby toilets were winners in the National Loo of the Year Awards.

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Quiet road leading to the Black Sands of Aberdour, Fife, Scotland.

8 thoughts on “Friday photo: Aberdour beach

    1. Good question, Jo, and I’m sorry to say I don’t know the answer. Wikipedia claims the name comes from the Black Sands being rockier and darker than the neighbouring Silver Sands, but I don’t agree with that. The rocks are dark, right enough, but the sand is definitely pale. In fact, I’d say the sand is considerably paler there than at the Silver Sands, so it’s a bit of a mystery.

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  1. What a beautiful picture! I am going online to look that area up right away and bookmark it in case…… well, just in case that I ever do make it to Scotland.☺️ I have never heard of a loo award, but I think it is probably a good idea and says a lot for the standards that have been set for the area. I am all about keeping beautiful Scotland beautiful.


    1. If you do ever make it to Scotland I highly recommend a visit to the Fife coast. Aberdour is just one of many attractive villages dotted along that coastline. I don’t know how long the National Loo Awards have been in existence, but they’ve become quite popular and I’m sure the competition has raised the general standard of public conveniences.


  2. I will bookmark this post – I’ve been through Aberlour but never to the beach there. Gorgeous photo! The Loo of the Year Award is definitely a good thing. Aberdeen’s Bon Accord Centre loos won it in about 2000, so I think it’s been going a while. I saw an attendant on the One Show this past spring whose loo had won it, and they did a whole story about his average day and the work of keeping the loos clean. It’s good to recognise the work of people who do the worst jobs with very little pay or praise. We only notice when it isn’t nice!


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