Our Favourite UK Beaches to Visit this Summer

Time to hit the beach this summer and experience hidden coves, sandy stretches, and delicious ice cream.

Dungeness, Romney Marsh, Kent

For those looking to explore then Dungeness is perfect. You can’t swim in the sea, but you can have a picnic and watch the local birds dive for fish. There is also a Fish Hut if you fancy locally caught fare, as well as a lighthouse to climb. Be sure to visit The Long Pool, which is in the nearby forest.

For those of you looking to stay overnight, then a drive along the coast will bring you to The Linen Shed. There are also fantastic restaurants en route to the hotel.

Scarista Beach, Lewis & Harris, Scotland

The island of Lewis & Harris is located in the Outer Hebrides and boasts deserted beaches and shimmering turquoise sea. A visit to one half of the island, The Isle of Harris, will bring you through moorlands and spectacular landscapes. Scarista Beach is spacious and perfect for bird watching.

Stay in the nearby Blue Reef Cottages which offer log fires, saunas, and breath-taking views.

Llanddwyn, Anglesey

This three-mile beach is situated on Llanddwyn Island, and features the Newborough Warren National Park Reserve behind the beach. Expect to share the island with bird watchers and beach enthusiasts alike, as well as a rare sighting of the red squirrel.

There are places to stay nearby, on Anglesey , including the Tre-Ysgawen Spa and the Anglesey Tipi & Yurts.

Pentle Bay, Scilly Isles

The Isles of Scilly have a uniquely warm climate for the UK, as well as clear blue water which is safe for swimming. There is opportunity for keen archaeologists to hunt for fossils and stay occupied for hours.

You can stay at the nearby New Inn, which is the only hotel on the island. There are other options, including the Sea Garden Cottages and Flying Boat Cottages.

Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Barafundle Bay is located across a 30-minute stretch of clifftop, which means it stays quiet even during peak season. The beach is often used by surfers, but remains uncrowded, allowing you to enjoy a picnic in peace.

The Grove at Narberth is set inside a stylish manor house. There are stunning views from the rooms and the menu is local and seasonal, which makes for an all-round relaxing experience.