The United Kingdom is famous for a lot of things – its home to The Beatles, Shakespeare and David Beckham, of course. For being such a small island on the map in comparison to other continents, Britain really is Great. The famed list could go on and on but what we’re really famous for is our magnificent landscapes and bountiful beaches.
Best Beaches in England
1. Summerleaze, Cornwall 📍
Best known for: Rainbow line up of beach huts.
Summerleaze is situated on the coastline of Bude in Cornwall. It’s near the bustling town center which is accessible by public transport or car with ample parking. Popular for surfing, bodyboarding and family outings, Summerleaze is home to Bude sea pool which features a saltwater rock pool encouraging safe seawater swimming, paddling for the little ones and in summer they even offer free swimming lessons. What’s not to love? If you didn’t bring a packed lunch, no need to worry, you are never too far from restaurants or cafes, for lunch or snacks that offer food or drink. *Recommendation – “Dust off the sand and head to Temple for fresh sourdough loaves, bright seasonal lunches and exceptional coffee.”
2. Blackpool Sands, Devon 📍
Best known for: A crescent-shaped beach backed by evergreens and scented pines.
Dog friendly (seasonal)
Entry fee: Around £8
Clean, safe and easy on the eye, Blackpool Sands in Devon is a crescent-shaped beach of golden buttery sand nestled in a bay surrounded by evergreen and pine trees. If you close your eyes and walk along the beach with your shoes off you could be in the Mediterranean. With crystal clear waters peppered with swimmers, kayakers, paddleboards, anglers and beach bums, there’s lots to see and do with plenty of outdoor pursuits to take part in. Privately owned, Blackpool Sands has been awarded a Blue Flag award (meaning that it achieves the highest standards in terms of its environment and the facilities provided) and is looked after by outdoor enthusiasts.
3. Bantham, South Devon 📍
Best known for: Surfing
Dog friendly (seasonal)
Bantham Beach can be found along the South Devon coast and at the mouth of the Avon River. It is located near the South West Coast path which features a range of different hikes, from all-day treks to strolls that will take up to a couple of hours or less. A great family day out, Bantham Beach is known for its waves – and as such, has become one of the most popular spots in Devon. Hungry? We would recommend the Sloop Inn, not too far from the beach car park where you’ll be able to have a lovely family meal after a fun filled day out.
4. Seven Sisters, Sussex 📍
Best known for: Chalk cliffs
Dog friendly (advised to keep dogs on the lead)
Breath-taking chalky cliffs situated in the South Downs National Park where land meets sea, the Seven Sisters were created when ancient rivers cut valleys into the chalk, creating seven peaks. The Seven Sisters are popular for numerous outdoor activities including walking, bird watching, cycling and paddle boarding. Featuring rocky terrain underfoot, it probably isn’t the best location if you’re looking to sunbathe. If you’re in the area, you shouldn’t miss this out – there is some interesting history, including some fascinating shipwrecks which you can discover on a series of walks by the shore. It’s truly beautiful.
5. Jurassic Coast, Dorset 📍
Best known for: Fossil collecting
The Jurassic Coast is something from your favourite Bond film – spectacular views and best known feature of the whole Jurassic Coast is the iconic Durdle Door which is a giant limestone arch. It has been formed over time and now attracts hundreds of thousands of people to the area each year. The beach can be accessed by some steep steps which curve and twist from the cliff tops above. If aren’t steady on your feet, you can also view the arch by taking a sightseeing boat trip from Weymouth. If you would like to go fossil hunting on the coast, Charmouth is where you want to be. There are lots of organised trips which start at the visitor’s center where tips and tricks are shared.
Best Beaches in Scotland
6. Luskentyre, Isle of Harris 📍
Best known for: White sands and turquoise waters
Luskentyre beach has been named as the 13th finest in the world by travel review website TripAdvisor. IN THE WOLRD… What?! A little slice of heaven on one of Scotland’s islands in the Outer Hebrides. Postcard beauty, who knew Scotland would have so many stunning beaches? With its strong community, rich traditions and charms, the Isle of Harris has many things to offer. Beaches, low-level trails, great food – Harris is a great place to explore.
7. Berneray Sands, Outer Hebrides 📍
Best known for: The birthplace of the giant Angus MacAskill
Berneray Sands is located on the Isle of Berneray between Harris and North Uist. The island has the population of around 130 so the best thing about this trip is that you’ll probably have the beach to yourself! “Named the ‘divine’ West Beach on Berneray, it claimed third place in a list of Europe’s top 20 beaches, beating off competition from Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Croatia, Montenegro, Sicily, and Corsica.” Basically, it’s the crème de la crème. Home to a wide range of wildlife (you may spot some seals) surrounded by white sandy shores and turquoise water. It’s definitely one for the bucket list.
8. Sango Bay, Mainland 📍
Best known for: Walking distance to Smoo Cave
Sango Bay is one of the most northerly beaches in mainland Scotland consisting of golden brown sands divided into three smaller coves. The closest town to Sango Bay would be Thurso which is 70 miles away – imagine the peace and quiet. Secluded and sheltered by access through one single road. Scattered along the beach are rocks and stacks with rocky outcrops which are perfect for sandcastle building. With the area being sheltered, it’s a great place to wild swim and the waters are extremely clear which is a swimmers dream! A little further along the coast is Smoo Cave which was formed by both the sea and a river. The cave features an underground waterfall inside the second chamber which you can view from a viewing platform.
*Something to bear in mind is that there’s no lifeguard.
Best Beaches in Wales
9. Rhosneigr, Anglesey 📍
Best known for: Best surfing, kite surfing and windsurfing in Wales
You can get the best of both worlds at Rhosneigr in Anglesey, you are able to access the beach from the village with various roads leading straight down to the beach with low dunes and fields as the backdrop. Rhosneigr is a great place for families as there’s lots to do and see – the best thing about being in Rhosneigr is that you’ll be outdoors for most of the time. With recreational activities from swimming to wakeboarding and underwater diving.
10. Three Cliffs Bay, Swansea 📍
Best known for: Iconic three summits
The Three Cliffs Beach in Swansea is backed by three limestone cliffs featuring a shoreline of dunes, salt marsh and rock pools. Three Cliffs has been cited as both Britain’s best beach and best view. Whether you’re a photographer or adventurer, we would recommend spending the full day here. They bay consists of smaller beaches and coves including Pobbles Bay to the east and Tor Bay to the west. We’re already packing our bags… what about you?