Before we start we acknowledge that the sea water is cold and you can’t guarantee the sun but the UK has some of the most beautiful and accessible beaches in the world.

The 13,000km of coastline has many seaside locations from the traditional Victorian seafronts to the small fishing villages. Here we avoid the Blue Flag beaches but show some of the beautiful beaches, often with no facilities and requiring a short coastal walk to reach.

Here we list just a few great options.

Porth Joke Beach

Porth Joke beach, Newquay, Cornwall

A Natural Trust beach that sits to the south of the busy Newquay beaches in Cornwall.


Vatersay Bay and West Bay Beaches

Vatersay Bay beach, Isle of Vatersay, Outer Hebrides

You actually get two white sandy beaches for the price of one on the Isle of Vatersay in the Western Isles, Scotland.


Birling Gap Beach

Birling Gap beach, Eastbourne, East Sussex

This is not your remote sandy beach but if you want a spectacular backdrop then the white cliffs to the East of Eastbourne in East Sussex are a must see. The beach here is the traditional pebble Sussex beach with compact sand as the tide goes out.


Holy Island (Lindisfarne)

Holy Island Lindisfarne beaches, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Not just one beach but a small island accessible via a walkway at low tide.


Strathy Bay Beach

Strathy Bay beach, Thurso, The Scottish Highlands

A sandy beach backed by sand dunes and cliffs with sea caves. The beach is located by the village of Strathy in the Scottish Highlands.



This is just a taster of what you can see when you start to move away from the big well known seaside towns and popular beaches. Often it is a case of taking a short walk in the opposite direction to most tourists.

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