The beaches and bays that outline the United Kingdom are an underrated adventure. Each summer, many Brits opt to travel abroad for their annual holidays and remain unaware of the hidden gems that are located on their back doorsteps. ‘Staycations’ – holidays in one’s own country – don’t involve the travel, preparation, currency conversion and general stress that travelling abroad garners. So, here is a comprehensive guide to the best parts of the British coast: highlights that will guarantee to bring a sense of wonder to your break and a new appreciation for the natural splendor of Britain’s seaside.
Embrace nautical bliss on the east coast of England by heading to Suffolk, where you can expect rustic orchards and farms that offer a plethora of locally sourced produce which include everything from wine to free range smoked bacon. If you are in search of an understated getaway, Lowestoft and Southwold will provide a cosy respite. For a more glamorous experience, head to Aldeburgh or Snape Maltings to get a taste of Suffolk’s refined pleasures and upmarket eateries.
Rumoured the be one of the friendliest counties in the UK, Yorkshire wears its heart on its sleeve and the unrivalled authenticity of the county’s hospitality will blow you away. Rugged nature, stunning beaches and whole-hearted fun characterise West Yorkshire’s coastline. There is a wide variety of accommodation in this region and holiday homes Yorkshire are a cut above the rest. Scarborough, Flamborough Head and Whitby are the highlights of this delightful region.
When you think of the ultimate holiday destination in Britain, the chances are that you are going to imagine Cornwall: soft sunshine, boats breezing and holiday makers crowding the shores. The quantity of tourists may put off potential visitors to Cornwall, however, it is important to consider some of Cornwall’s hidden beauties. Falmouth is a small town in Cornwall that boasts a beach that was voted one of the best in Europe – and don’t miss out on Cornwall’s quintessentially British Tea Festival which happens in August every year.
Last but by no means least are the world-famous natural wonders of Scotland. The magical and untamed coastline of a region formerly known as the unconquered ‘Kingdom of Alba’ offers a stunning choice of shell-studded shores to choose from. The islands of Arran, Bute and Mull are a stone’s throw from the country’s biggest city, Glasgow.
If you are willing to travel further afield, North and South Uist, Skye and the Faroe Islands are unmissable destinations – expect mountainous terrain that is highlighted by soft white sand beaches and wild tides. There are an unlimited amount of ways to explore the Scottish coastline but we recommend sailing; whether you are a seasoned yachtsman or you have never set foot on a boat before, this is a great way to explore hidden coves and secret beaches that are inaccessible by any other means of transport.
There are hundreds of beaches across Britain that are filled with exciting treasures and will provide visitors with enough memories to last a lifetime – but these have been some of the best.