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The 9 Best Beaches in the UK

Although you might not automatically think of beautiful beaches when you’re in the UK, you’d be wrong to think that the beaches aren’t good. There are some stunning beaches dotted all around the UK’s coastline and get lucky with the weather and you’ve really no need to go abroad for your holidays. So where are the UK’s best beaches?


1.Porthcurno, near Land’s End, Cornwall

Porthcurno is located in the far west of Cornwall, right near to Land’s End. It’s about as far west as you can and it is certainly worth making the journey there.

The sand is soft and white, the cliffs are dramatic and the area is an oasis of stunning natural beauty and easily one of the UK’s best beaches.

You also must visit the clifftop Minack outdoor theatre that is carved into the granite cliffs and set in the glorious gardens overlooking beautiful Porthcurno Bay.


2.Saunton Sands, North Devon

With three miles of golden sand and home to some of the best surfing in the UK this is argueably one of the UK’s best beaches.

Lying between the villages of Braunton and Croyde the  natural beauty of this beach is breath taking and the sand dunes that back the beach are perfect for family walks.


3.Sandsend, Yorkshire

Just above the town of Whitby you’ll find this gorgeous little village with a beautiful sweep of beach divided by a stream that runs down to the ocean.

One of the UK’s best beaches, it is small and very picturesque and is popular with fossil collecters, fishing enthusiats and families.

If you fancy taking a walk then the beach runs into Whitby Sands and makes for a gorgeous coastal stroll.


4.Bamburgh, Northumberland

This is a strikingly beautiful area and certainly home to one of the UK’s best beaches. Not only does it boast a vast swathe of dune-fringed sands, it also has their iconic castle perched on the cliff top over looking the beach.

The beach is really big here so doesn’t often feel crowded and its a great spot for catching some waves if you are a surfer.


5.Formby, Lancashire

The staggering dunes here are classed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and from the highest points there are views out towards the Cumbrian mountains which makes this spot so special.

The beaches are vast with beautiful sands, you’ll feel a mile away from the rest of the world and may even forget you are in the UK.


6.Sandwood Bay, Cape Wrath, Sutherland, West Scotland

Sandwood Bay never seems too busy, even at the height of summer because of its expanse of beautiful golden sands and dunes.

With rocky cliffs overlooking the beach and a giant sea stack its an interesting area and feels very peaceful. Get lucky with the weather and you won’t want to move all day.


7.Luskentyre Sands, Outer Hebrides

Found on the West Coast of South Harris in the Outer Hebrides, this place is really special and easily one of the UK’s best beaches.

Boasting miles of white sand and glorious blue/green waters you could be fooled into thinking you’d travelled for day on a plane to reach this spot.

There is also some great walking and cycling within this truly beautiful area.


8.Portstewart Stand, Northern Island

On the Causeway Coast of Northern Island you’ll find this magnificent beach. At one end it has low basalt cliffs and at the other the River Bann. Behind this 2 mile stretch of sandy beach you’ll find beautiful dunes that reach up to 100ft at the highest parts and the ocean is pretty good here for surfing.



9.Marloes Sands, Wales

And lastly but by no means least we come to Wales, boasting some of the best beaches in the UK with Marloes Sands being our favourite.

Maloes Sands has a huge expanse of sand at low tide with rocks and interesting cliff formations and rock pools cat the western end of the beach.

At high tide the beach can completely disappear so be sure to check the tidal times before heading down with your bucket and spade.

Climb over the rocks at the western end to discover Albion Sands, a perfect little sandy beach. At low tide you can see the prop shaft  of a wrecked ship sticking out of the sand.