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Shoe Bay

Listed under Beaches in Scotland, United Kingdom.

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This tiny private island off the west coast of Scotland has one of the nicest beaches for miles – pale, clean sand against dark blue water and lush vegetation. But one of the main perks is that there's a very good chance you'll be able to walk a footprint-less beach.

Completely unspoiled by cars or bikes, the flora here is a surprisingly eclectic selection brought in from all over the world by the island's early owner, which is another part of the appeal.

There are only four cottages on the island – modernised versions of the original estate – and these are the only places visitors can stay overnight. This is the kind of place where it's quiet enough to 'get things done' which is why J.M Barrie rented it on which to complete the script for Peter Pan here.

Written by  Jade Cabbot.

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