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These 10 idyllic beaches boast wonderful white sand and crystal clear water – but you'll be amazed at their locations

  • All the beaches have lens-baiting bays and soft sand visitors will be itching to dig their toes into
  • But their locations prove that it's not just the tropics that have the best beaches 
  • Scroll down and feast your eye on the pictures. Their locations are revealed at the very bottom of the article

The Maldives, Hawaii and Mauritius are all known for their beautiful beaches and azure waters.

But tropical locations don’t have the monopoly on idyllic coastlines, as the pictures below prove.

Can you guess where they are? 

They show picture-perfect beaches with silver sands and lens-baiting bays.

And one has been awarded a best-beach TripAdvisor accolade.

Scroll down and feast your eye on the pictures. Their locations are revealed at the very bottom of the article. 

1. 

This beach is on a small island that's just 1.5 miles wide and three miles long, with a population of just 120 permanent residents. Local wildlife includes  seals, puffins, dolphins, whales and basking sharks

This beach is on a small island that's just 1.5 miles wide and three miles long, with a population of just 120 permanent residents. Local wildlife includes  seals, puffins, dolphins, whales and basking sharks

2. 

This unique place was named as one of the best beaches for a certain country in the TripAdvisor Travellers¿ Choice Awards. It boasts miles of white sand and stunning green-blue water

This unique place was named as one of the best beaches for a certain country in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. It boasts miles of white sand and stunning green-blue water

3.

Famous for their stunning silver sands and crystal clear turquoise waters, this collection of beaches have soothing shallow water to paddle in 

Famous for their stunning silver sands and crystal clear turquoise waters, this collection of beaches have soothing shallow water to paddle in 

4.

This is a secluded beach, often likened to the Caribbean, that requires a 20-minute walk to reach, but the effort is well worth it

This is a secluded beach, often likened to the Caribbean, that requires a 20-minute walk to reach, but the effort is well worth it

5. 

Ideal for walks and picnics, this white shell sand beach can be found near the most northerly point of an island somewhere in Europe - can you guess where?

Ideal for walks and picnics, this white shell sand beach can be found near the most northerly point of an island somewhere in Europe – can you guess where?

6.

The expansive beach provides stunning views and is a great spot for bracing walks. Nearby is a standing stone rumoured to have been erected around 5,000 years ago

The expansive beach provides stunning views and is a great spot for bracing walks. Nearby is a standing stone rumoured to have been erected around 5,000 years ago

7.

This beach is on an island that spans just three miles by three, but is so deeply indented by the sea from the east and west that only a narrow strip of sandy grassland and dunes prevent it from actually being two separate islands. The eastern bay is the location for this long and absolutely beautiful sandy beach

This beach is on an island that spans just three miles by three, but is so deeply indented by the sea from the east and west that only a narrow strip of sandy grassland and dunes prevent it from actually being two separate islands. The eastern bay is the location for this long and absolutely beautiful sandy beach

8.

With clear, turquoise water and clean white sand, this beach is spectacular and there's a distant mountain view as a bonus

With clear, turquoise water and clean white sand, this beach is spectacular and there's a distant mountain view as a bonus

9.

Stretching for a massive three miles, this expanse of white sand is ideal for walking and is also a haven for wildlife in the summer months. The grassland is also dotted with an assorted variety of wildflowers, including some rare orchids that make a visit well worth it

Stretching for a massive three miles, this expanse of white sand is ideal for walking and is also a haven for wildlife in the summer months. The grassland is also dotted with an assorted variety of wildflowers, including some rare orchids that make a visit well worth it

10.

The full name of this glistening white shell sand beach means ¿white strand of the monks¿. It¿s an incredibly striking landscape

The full name of this glistening white shell sand beach means ‘white strand of the monks’. It’s an incredibly striking landscape

The answers: All of the above beaches are in Scotland and were picked out by Premier Inn to celebrate St Andrew's Day. They are 1. North coast of Iona 2. Luskentyre sands, Isle of Harris 3. Silver Sands of Morar 4. Langamull beach, Isle of Mull 5. Eoligarry Beach, Isle of Barra 6. Traigh Lar, Isle of Harris 7. Bhatarsaigh Bay, Vatersay 8. Mellon Udrigle, Wester Ross 9. West Beach, Berneray 10. The Monks, Iona.

 

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