Coast Radar: About Us

Coast Radar is a travel destination guide that inspires people to visit the UK and Ireland’s coast and beaches.

How it all began

Hello and welcome to Coast Radar. My name is Ian Barnes, and I am passionate about helping people enjoy the UK’s coastline. I created this coastal destination guide because I was getting frustrated by reading out-of-date forum posts and the number of websites I had to visit while searching for ideas for next year’s summer holiday. With a family in tow, I needed more than a generic beach list or one of the many other specialised activity websites.

Through my great interest in photography and the UK’s coastline and beaches, I decided to start recording it. In doing this, I created Coast Radar as a platform to help others quickly and easily find what they needed.

Ian Barnes founder of Coast Radar

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Our logo represents what we are about – finding [radar] the best spots on the coast. The COAST is the blue sky and the sun, with the sun representing a radar search. In RADAR, we have the blue sky, with the darker blue representing the swells and waves of the sea.

Coast Radar logo

Who is Coast Radar for?

These days, Coast Radar is more than just a website but a whole set of interactive tools inspiring beachgoers and coast visitors to explore the diversity and beauty of beaches and the wider UK and Ireland coast:

  • – Beach and coast information with coverage of the whole UK and Ireland’s coastline
  • – Coast and seaside destination guides
  • – Website navigated through interactive maps and regional search tools
  • – Radar, our very own Coast AI ChatBot
  • – Mobile friendly, when out and about, take us with you to find your nearest beach or closest place to eat
  • – Featured articles and travel information
  • – Social channels for coast explorers to ask questions, leave reviews and offer opinions
  • – Members area to save your favourites and itineraries

It does not matter if you are planning a staycation or just a day out at the beach, Coast Radar information should help you find that perfect spot to explore.

We are here to help you find the nearest beach for a day out, a remote cove away from it all or explore a traditional seaside town.

Who is Radar?

Radar is our AI-powered virtual travel companion designed to make coastal exploration easier and more exciting!

Radar provides a different way of searching and conversationally engaging with Coast Radar. Radar allows you to ask questions, provide input, and receive responses in natural language. It offers a more interactive and engaging experience than website text searches, as it mimics human conversation and can adapt responses based on your input and preferences.

Our Coast Radar Community?

The UK coastline is too long for one person to record, although I would love to get in a campervan and set off, and this is where the Coast Radar community comes into play.

We like people to explore the coast using this website, but we prefer people to join in, ask questions and share experiences on our social media channels. We want to hear from you – join in the conversation, help others find days out, and enjoy time at the coast.

A few of our favourite photos