Our pick of the UK’s best beaches

24 March 2019

With so many glorious beaches dotted around the world, it’s no surprise that people tend to look overseas for their next getaway. However, if you know where to go, the beaches right here in the UK can give the ones abroad a serious run for their money.

If you've not yet discovered some of the seaside gems that the UK has to offer, here are six beaches to add to your staycation wish list.

Man O’ War Bay, Dorset

Located just along the stunning Jurassic Coast from the iconic landmark of Durdle Door, the glorious Man O’War Bay is a perfectly formed cove that’s home to shimmering azure waters and a beautiful beach made up of soft sands and fine pebbles.

Given its name, because the shape of the rocks off the bay are said to look like warships, the sea here is lovely and sheltered, so it’s safe for swimming, snorkelling and paddling.

Wareham Forest Retreat

Holton Heath, Dorset
Hazel 3 Lodges

Sleeps up to 6
13th & 20th May 2019 - 4 Nights - Was £355 Now £285 Total Price

 

Approx 30 mins drive from Man O’ War Beach (google maps)

 

Porthcurno, Cornwall

Cornwall has no shortage of magnificent beaches but perhaps one of its most beautiful is Porthcurno. Located in the far west of Cornwall, close to Land’s End, Porthcurno is a popular choice with families as the towering cliffs on both sides provide a sheltered and safe place for swimming.

Described by many as being a paradise, Porthcurno has won a whole host of awards and it’s not difficult to see why. With its fine soft white sands and brilliant blue waters, it’s a haven of breath-taking natural beauty.

I would agree with the many that Cornwall is a beautiful part of our country and most definitely worth a visit. I would like to go back again and visit other areas we didn’t have time for but would venture to a new part of the county.”

Clare Travel Counsellor

Praa Sands Holiday Park
Penzance, South Cornwall
Gold Caravan Four Plus
Sleeps up to 4
13th May 2019 - 4 Nights - Was £295 Now £251 Total Price

Approx 35 mins drive from Porthcurno Beach (google maps)

 

Mwnt, Wales

Located in the county of Ceredigion and offering dramatic views over Cardigan Bay, Mwnt is a sheltered sandy bay that’s owned by the National Trust. The golden sands can be reached by walking along the local stretch of the spectacular Wales Coastal Path or by descending the steep steps that lead to the beach below.

Mwnt is also a haven for wildlife and is one of the best places in Ceredigion to spot dolphins. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to catch a glimpse of the stunning Snowdonia mountain range in the distance.

Gwalia Falls
Cardigan, Mid Wales
Cliffhanger Lodge 2
Sleeps up to 4
3rd May 2019 - 3 Nights - Total Price £649

Approx 20 mins drive from Mwnt (google maps)

 

Longsands Beach, Tynemouth

An award-winning Blue Flag beach, Longsands is a stunning mile-long stretch of gorgeous golden sands that are backed by low dunes. During the summer months, it’s one of the most popular places on the North East coastline on account of its lovely clean waters and its close proximity to Tynemouth Park, with its boating lake, crazy golf and family fun park.

Longsands’ mighty waves have also made it a popular destination for surfers and its even played host to the English National Surfing Championships.

Durham Coastal Lodges

Little Owl Lodge – HOT TUB

Sleeps up to 4

5th, 12th, 19th or 26th August 2019 - 4 Nights - £839 Total Price

Approx 40 mins drive from Longsands Beach (google maps)

Lunan Bay, Scotland

A stunning two-mile sweep of sandy beach on the largely undiscovered Angus coastline, Lunan Bay was once voted as the best beach in Scotland. Fringed by large dunes and overlooked by the 12th Century ruins of Red Castle, it’s easy to see why.

This secluded spot is the perfect place for birdwatching and it’s also increasingly popular with surfers and riders.

Landal Piperdam

Lochside Premier Spa

Sleeps up to 8

16th, 23rd or 30th - 3 nights - £1679 Total Price
30th August 2019 – 3 nights - £1649 Total Price

 

Approx 1 hour drive from Lunan Bay (google maps)

 

Benone Strand, Northern Ireland


Situated on the Causeway Coastal Route, Benone Strand is one of the most popular beaches in all of Ireland due to its fabulous location, easy access and variety of activities that are available.

A European Blue Flag and Seaside Award Winner, this seven-mile stretch of golden sand beach is perfect for walking, cycling, fishing and swimming, as well as more adventurous pursuits such as canoeing, jet skiing, kite surfing and gliding.  

“We are so lucky to have some world-class scenery here in 'Our Wee Country' as most of us fondly refer to Northern Ireland by. So, whether you are coming from further afield - or just fancy a wee drive 'up the road' - our North Coast is definitely worth your time.”

Coleen Travel Counsellor

Causeway Coast

Glenariff Gold Caravan 3

Sleeps up to 8

03rd or 31st May 2019 - 7 Nights - £495 Total Price

 

Approx 50 mins drive from Benone Strand (google maps)

Are you hoping to head to one of these beautiful UK beaches this year? Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor to plan your trip.

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