Inland beach wins award for third year running

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22 MAY 2012NEWS RELEASE No: 15471

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One of Scotland’s best kept secrets – a beach that is 300m above sea level - has won a prestigious national award for the third year running!

Loch Morlich in the heart of Glenmore Forest Park in the Cairngorms is managed by Forestry Commission Scotland and is the first and only fresh water loch to ever have received the Rural Beach Award in Keep Scotland Beautiful’s (KSB) Seaside Award campaign.

Graeme Prest, the Commission’s manager of the Inverness Ross and Skye District said:

“Having recently moved up to Inverness to take on this role I was expecting a few pleasant surprises…but never dreamed that a beach award would be one of them!

“Glenmore contains some of the best preserved areas of ancient Caledonian Pine Forest in the country and also offers great opportunities for outdoor activities like walking, cycling, orienteering and bird-watching, but it must be one of the few Commission sites where you can also go sailing!

“This accolade acknowledges Loch Morlich as one of the best beaches in the country, which is quite something when you think that it’s almost 30 miles from the nearest bit of open sea.

“It’s a great boost for Aviemore and for Scotland; there can’t be many places in the world where you can advise visitors heading for the mountains to pack their swimming trunks and beach towels!”

Beaches considered for the awards are assessed against international standards for quality and cleanliness and are graded on water quality, litter management, information provision, risk assessment and safety procedures.

Loch Morlich is one of around 60 beaches around Scotland to have been recognised in the awards scheme.

Notes to Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as part of the Scottish Government’s Environment & Forestry Directorate.

2) Loch Morlich is only 10km west of Aviemore. For more information visit