ONLINE searches for mermaids have exploded since the release of the latest Disney live-action remake.
The Little Mermaid hit screens last week and since then, the number of people who have searched the internet for information about outings themed around the mythical creatures has increased by 281 percent.
And Scotland has long had folk tales about half women and half fish living off our shores.
Travel company Parkdean Resorts has researched the beaches with the most ties to legendary merpeople.
And the beach in Scotland with the most extraterrestrial sights is Sandwood Bay in Sutherland.
The stunning seaside resort seems like the best place for magic as it boasts over a mile of PINK sand.
It gets its coloring from the pink sandstone that predominates in the area.
And while it’s remote, it’s definitely worth the trip, as it’s been described as one of Scotland’s most tranquil and relaxing beaches.
South of the sandy beaches rises an impressive rocky outcrop, while behind the large dunes of the bay is Sandwood Loch. The beach is considered one of the most unspoilt in all of mainland Britain.
And according to legend, in 1900 a local farmer saw a mermaid resting on a rock and dubbed her “the blue-eyed mermaid.”
Other beaches in the UK where the mythical creatures have been sighted include Staithes Beach in Yorkshire, where legend has it several mermaids were caught in fishing nets, and Pendower Cove in Cornwall, where legend has it a sailor anchored his ship in the cove was asked to move by a mermaid as he was parked at the entrance of her home.
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