Where To Find Breathtaking Beaches (Without Getting On A Plane)
Here’s a look at some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK that give more exotic locations a run for their money.
Golden-white sands, crystalline turquoise seas, surf, seafood and outstanding natural beauty; no, we’re not talking about Caribbean or Australian beaches, these are just some of the features of our very own British beaches. And you won’t have to face a long haul flight to find them. Here’s a look at the cream of the crop that you can discover right here at home.
Broad Strands, North Devon
The steep steps that lead down to the beach are challenging; but the trek is worth it. Set in a secluded and sheltered cove, surrounded by towering cliff tops, Broad Strands is one of the UK’s hidden gems. Explore the rock pools and hidden caves or take a dip in the sheltered waters of this red, sandy beach.
Fistral, Newquay, Cornwall
One of the best surfing beaches in Europe, Fistral is a favourite with surfers and families alike. Surrounded by rocks and cliff tops, the golden sandy beach is a worthy match of any found in Australia. Thanks to the Atlantic swell, surfing conditions are superb and consistent, which is why Fistral is home to major international surfing competitions.
Botany Bay, Kent
One of the most secluded and tranquil beaches in the UK, Botany Bay is steeped in mystery and legend. It’s believed that many smugglers who used its secret tunnels and caves, were transported to the Australian penal colony, so the English beach adopted the name. Nestled between chalk stacks and white cliffs, this hidden jewel is the perfect place for exploring or taking a dip in the crystal blue waters.
West Wittering, West Sussex
Impeccable water quality and fine golden sand make this blue flag beach a firm favourite with families and windsurfers. West Wittering offers a quintessential English seaside experience featuring grasslands and tidal pools. It has an abundance of wildlife and is in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and is one of Britain’s Blue Flag beaches.
Losgainter, Outer Hebrides
Miles of fine white sand, gently lapping turquoise waters, surrounded by a spectacular mountain backdrop; but it’s not the Caribbean. This breathtaking beach is described as one of the most beautiful in the world, and you can find it off the coast of North West Scotland.
Downhill Strand, County Londonderry
This Irish beauty is a mecca for surfers and families alike. Used in the filming of Game of Thrones, the 7 mile long beach, surrounded by cliffs from which flows a magnificent waterfall, is one of the most beautiful and longest in Ireland.
Popular with sailing and surfing enthusiasts, Tresaith features a dramatic waterfall that flows down from the northern cliffs. Explore the many rock pools for barnacles, limpets and mussels or search for dolphins and seals along the stunning Ceredigion coastal path. Then enjoy a magnificent seafood platter overlooking the beach at the Ship Inn.
Porthdinllaen, Lleyn Peninsula
This enchanting sweeping, sandy beach is nestled in the Lleyn Peninsula and is overlooked by a tiny fishing village. The no-car zone adds to its timeless charm. The 200 year old Ty Coch Inn is situated right next to the beach, offering the perfect day out on long summer days.
Discover the variety of breathtaking beaches without having to get on a plane!