The following is an exclusive guest post from our friends at Holiday Lettings UK. After living in the UK for six years ourselves, and having been to several of these beautiful beaches, we can’t help but agree with the choices on this great list of the best beaches in the UK.
Oh Brits do like to be beside the seaside and with the UK’s long, long coastline, there are plenty of beaches to choose from. But where are the best? Here are this year’s top ten beaches as voted for on TripAdvisor.
1. Rhossili Bay
Where: Part of the Gower Peninsula, Swansea Bay, Wales
Why go: Apart from being the UK’s best beach (and 9th in the world), there are three miles of golden sands, sweeping views from the cliffs and surfing waves.
Where to stay: This restored farm cottage with all mod cons, sleeping eight, makes a great base for exploring the Gower Peninsula as the coastal path is just three fields away. Rhossili itself sits 1.7 miles to the west. From £76/night.
Where: North Devon, England
Why go: As well as runner-up for best beach and winner of ‘England for Excellence Gold Award’ for best family resort, three miles of soft sand, great surf and safe bathing.
Where to stay: Sea views are a given from all angles in this modern open-plan apartment for four, facing south-west for all-day sun and catching the sunsets in the evening. And there’s room for surf boards. From £50/night.
Where: St Ives, Cornwall, England
Why go: Second largest beach in St Ives, big on views, safe bathing and you can get there by train (the station is at the top of the beach).
Where to stay: Appropriately called ‘Low Tide’, you can take in the beach and sea as you relax in the lounge in this comfortable apartment (sleeps 4). Comes with its own parking space, a must in the busy summer season. From £52/night.
4. Hengistbury Head
Where: Bournemouth, England
Why go: Headland nature reserve, wind-swept sands, cliff-top walks and some of the most expensive beach huts in the UK.
Where to stay: Just across the road from the beach and an easy walk to Hengistbury Head itself, this seafront house sleeps 7. A quiet location, perfect for the beach and busy Bournemouth, just down the road. From £80/night.
Where: Near Newquay, north coast of Cornwall, England
Why go: Miles of golden sands perfect for castling and yachting, waves for surfing and up on the sand dunes, an Iron Age hill camp.
Where to stay: Aptly named ‘Utopia’, choose one of the 2 apartments (sleeps 3) and take in Atlantic and beach views as you relax in the modern interior after a day on the sands, less than 5 minutes’ walk away. From £34/night.
6. Longsands Beach
Where: Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Why go: You’ve guessed it – long sands. Plus dunes and cliffs just a 10 minute walk from two Metro stations in one of the North’s most happening cities.
Where to stay: Modern riverside living doesn’t come much better than this luxury apartment (sleeps 4) looking onto Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside. Pop out to the Metro station and be at Longsands in minutes. From £114/night.
7. Weymouth Beach
Where: Weymouth, Dorset, England
Why go: Classic seaside resort complete with donkey rides and deckchairs, and of course, lots of golden sand and safe bathing.
Where to stay: Take in the whole of Weymouth Beach from the ‘Dream Beach Apartment’ (sleeps 5) with a prime seafront location. Also just a short walk from Weymouth’s historic 17th century Waterfront. From £54/night.
8. Fistral Beach
Where: Newquay, Cornwall, England
Why go: Good stretch of golden sands, high surf, plenty of rockpools and walks to blow the cobwebs away.
Where to stay: Be frontline beach and golf at this newly-modernised apartment sleeping 4 and just across the fairway from the Fistral Beach surf. Ideal base for exploring north Cornwall. From £50/night.
Where: Poole, Dorset, England
Why go: Peninsula with sea on both sides, 10 miles of golden sands and great views of the Dorset coast (and millionaire pads).
Where to stay: Room for everyone on a beach holiday at this spacious bungalow (sleeps 8), surrounded by mature gardens and pine trees. A perfect family hideaway that’s just a short walk from Sandbanks. From £254/night.
Where: Nairn, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Why go: Scotland’s top beach, miles of white sands, views over to Black Isle and own sunny microclimate.
Where to stay: Be right by the seaside with beach and sea views literally on your doorstep. And from this modern semi (sleeps 6) you may also see deer on the sands and dolphins in the surf. From £50/night.