Bamburgh beach, Northumberland
This is truly epic place. This untouched stretch of sandy coastline boasts shipwrecks, old world war shelters & boulders, and the beautiful Bamburgh Castle provides a marvelous backdrop. This is actually quite a famous beach, but when the tide goes out, a low-tide causeway reveals a path to Holy Island, Lindisfarne Priory and a countless number of secluded, romantic and private sandy beaches. A great place for beach-goers who like to keep moving, you can easily spend days discovering the nooks and crannies hidden between the rocks here – it’ll be impossible to decide where to have your picnic!
Luskentyre Beach, The Isle of Harris.
One of the few beaches in the UK to have equator-style soft white sand, this is a fantastic destination for a ‘staycation’ within the British Isles. The hills of the Outer Hebrides provide rugged and mythical scenery, and the waters are so clear that aquatic wildlife is in abundance and very easily spotted. Keep an eye out for dolphins…
Slapton Sands Beach, Devon
Devon has some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe – and the surf, steak and beer flow freely around this gorgeous stretch of English coastline. However, if you’re looking for somewhere quiet and uncrowded to enjoy a scenic walk, then Slapton Sands is well worth a look. Small family-run pubs, cafes and restaurants offer an element of real British summertime charm, and this 3-mile stretch of shingle beach provides the ideal spot for a good long stroll on the seafront. Definitely more of a ‘gown-up beach’, this tranquil setting is unspoilt and uplifting – and there’s a freshwater lake on the other side of the bay if you fancy taking an alternative route around the water on your way back for a drink!
Pentle Bay, Tresco, Isles of Scilly
This really is a charming and captivating little beach. After growing used to the thousands of trees, endless hedges, enormous blooming flowers and sheltered winding roads on the Isle of Tresco, to suddenly discover this expansive and stunningly beautiful place is a real breath of fresh air. White sand, jagged ocean islands and crystal clear waters make this an amazingly well-kept secret – and you won’t find crowds here, even in the height of summer. Being that little bit further south, warmer waters and a more reliable climate are a guarantee, and you really will feel like you’re a thousand miles away from blustery Britain.
Achmelvich Beach, Highlands
The west coast of Scotland is home to hundreds upon hundreds of small but beautiful beaches. You find everything from long stretches of sand, to caves and isolated bays – but all boast a spectacular setting as well as being free of pollution and noise. In the upper north-west of the Highlands, Achmelvich Beach is a series of secluded beaches surrounded by heather-flowering hills. Magnificent in the summer when the flowers come into bloom, you’ll also spot porpoises swimming at this time of year. Another summer-orientated point of interest is the annual sandcastle-building competition – a great day out for the family where you can see some truly impressive structures. Hermit’s Castle (Europe’s smallest and perhaps most charming castle), also provides a really interesting opportunity for an excursion in the local area. There’s a campsite next to beach, too – so this really is a fantastic place for a summer holiday on a modest budget.
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