Scotland may not be the first place that comes to mind when you’re planning a seaside escape, but with dramatic coastlines, crystal clear waters and miles of sandy beaches, it’s the perfect place to indulge in a coastal getaway.

With summer just a couple of months away – and with more of us staycationing than ever before – award-winning hotel group Crerar Hotels has compiled a list of the best towns to escape to on the Scottish coastline.

So, grab your swimsuit, sunscreen and sense of adventure, because it’s time to hit the beach.

Oban, Argyll and Bute

Known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’, this charming town offers dramatic seascapes and breathtaking views to neighbouring islands off Scotland’s west coast.

Take a wander along the scenic Oban Harbour and admire the fishing boats bobbing on the water, or explore some of the best tourist attractions in the area, such as the historic McCaig’s Tower or the iconic Oban Distillery.

The town is renowned for its delicious seafood and boasts some of the finest ingredients Scotland has to offer, including lobsters, langoustines and oysters.

The best place to sample this huge array of mouthwatering delicacies is at the AA-Rosette awarded restaurant The Grill Room, situated within Oban Bay Hotel on the town’s esplanade.

The venue’s award-winning chefs work with local suppliers and artisan producers to source some of the freshest ingredients from the harbour right on their doorstep, transforming them into delicious dishes that celebrate the very best of Scottish cuisine all year round.

What’s more, the dog-friendly hotel & spa provides a luxurious base for visitors to explore the historic area and its neighbouring islands.

To find out more, or to book a table at The Grill Room, visit: www.crerarhotels.com/oban-bay-hotel.

Nairn, Scottish Highlands

Situated on the stunning Moray Firth coast, the historic town of Nairn is the perfect place for those looking for a peaceful escape this summer.

The town boasts beautiful stretches of golden, sandy beaches that are ideal for long walks, picnics or simply relaxing and soaking up the sun.

What’s more, Nairn is a golfer’s paradise and is famously known for its two championship golf courses – Nairn Golf Club and Nairn Dunbar Golf Club – that both provide breathtaking views over the Moray Firth and the Black Isle.

However, for those looking to admire the scenery from a more relaxed point of view, then the award-winning Coast Spa at Golf View Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring.

This soothing haven gives guests the opportunity to relax in an outdoor hot tub, or indulge in the indoor pool, sauna, steam room and Stone Bath. What’s more, the spa’s team of expert therapists will personalise your spa experience to suit your wants and needs, with treatments complete with luxurious ishga spa products.

To find out more, or to book a treatment, visit: www.crerarhotels.com/golf-view-hotel-spa/spa

Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull

Located on the northwest coast of Mull, Calgary Bay offers a dreamy seaside escape for those looking for a tranquil break and scenic beauty.

The area is known for its stunning, secluded sandy beach and crystal-clear waters. The calm conditions make it a popular spot for paddle boarders and swimmers alike, as well as those looking to simply relax on the shore.

There are several ways to travel to the Isle of Mull. The most popular option is to catch the ferry from Oban to Craignure terminal on the east coast of the island. Alternatively, arrive on your own private rib with one of the many private transfers available to the island. Just a five-minute drive from the port is the luxurious Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, which features stunning rooms and suites, as well as a 17 metre sea view swimming pool and the award-winning Driftwood Spa.

Guests can also enjoy their own private sanctuary at The Wilderness Deck, which provides uninterrupted views across Craignure Bay and towards the impressive mountains on the

mainland. Relax in the hot tub, rejuvenate in the sauna, and cool down in the experience shower, before drifting away in the snug and admiring the view.

To find out more, or to book, visit: www.crerarhotels.com/isle-of-mull-hotel-spa/spa/wilderness-deck

Inverary, Argyll and Bute

For those who love the water but prefer to avoid sandy shorelines, Inverary is the ideal spot to escape for a few days this summer.

This quaint town sits on the banks of Loch Fyne, the longest sea loch in Scotland. The loch itself is surrounded by remarkable scenery, with calm waters reflecting the surrounding hills. Visitors can enjoy scenic boat trips or indulge in a bit of wildlife spotting, all while soaking up the beautiful landscape.

What’s more, the area is renowned for its top visitor attractions, including the historic Inverary Jail and Inverary Castle, which is home to the Duke and Duchess of Argyll.

No trip to Inverary is complete without a stay at Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa, which boasts some of the best spa and culinary treats the area has to offer. Guests can relax in the outdoor hot tub  overlooking the loch or indulge in a delicious meal at the Cladach Mor Bistro, before retiring in one of the hotel’s luxurious rooms or suites.

To find out more, and to book, visit: www.crerarhotels.com/loch-fyne-hotel-spa