A north-east MSP believes the critically-acclaimed beaches of Aberdeenshire will bring a new wave of tourism success for the area.
Conservative MSP Peter Chapman has asked the Scottish Parliament to back the recent awards that local beaches have received.
Eight achieved Scottish Beach Award status by Keep Scotland Beautiful – Balmedie, Collieston, Cruden Bay, Fraserburgh Tigerhill, Fraserburgh Waters of Philorth, Inverboyndie, Peterhead Lido and Stonehaven.
This followed Sepa’s ratings for bathing waters this month where Aberdeen, Balmedie, Collieston, Cruden Bay, Cullen Bay, Fraserburgh Philorth, Fraserburgh Tiger Hill, Peterhead Lido and Stonehaven were listed.
Mr Chapman requested a Holyrood motion to back the success ahead of the summer tourist season.
The North East MSP said: “Scotland’s natural environment is world-renowned and that is why Rough Guide calls it the most beautiful in the world.
“Of course I am a little bit biased but we have data to confirm that our beaches are among the best.
“The bathing season begins in June and our beaches and bathing waters are ready to receive locals and tourists.
“I am pleased so many bathing waters across the north-east have passed Sepa’s tests.
“This will give many areas and tourism businesses a much-needed boost ahead of the summer holidays.”