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Scots beach in Thai tourist guide

West beach on the west of Berneray (This pic by Undiscovered Scotland)
West beach on Berneray was passed off as Kai Bea beach

A photograph of a Hebridean beach is being used to promote holidays in Thailand, it has emerged.

The Thai tourist industry is passing off a picture of West Beach on the Isle of Berneray as one of their own destinations, Kai Bae beach.

The shot shows brilliant almost white sands, azure seas and distant mountains which may be similar to Thailand.

Several clues reveal the view is in fact the Sound of Harris such as lack of mangrove swamps and coconut trees.

The image is thought to have been lifted off the internet to save someone the effort of travelling to Kai Bae beach to take a fresh picture.

A VisitScotland spokeswoman said: "Here in the Outer Hebrides we are fortunate to have some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, right on our doorstep.

"They do say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, so although the use of the photo of a beach on the Isle of Berneray to represent a Thai beach is somewhat misleading, I'm sure it is a compliment in disguise."

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