Top 7 UK Beaches to Visit this Summer

This summer is going to be the summer of the staycation. But despite the UK’s weather being far from the hot summer days in the south of France, there are some incredible beauty spots to visit up and down the country. And if you’re lucky enough to catch a sunny day or two, here are the top 7 UK beaches to visit this summer.

Fistral Beach, Cornwall

Fistral beach is one of the UK’s top surfing beaches, with The Cribbar reef considered to be Cornwall’s best spot for surfing – waves here often reach forty feet! The beach itself is relatively straight and sandy, enclosed by sand dunes and rugged landscapes, with the Headland Hotel standing proudly at the head of the beach.

Lifeguard? Yes

Dog Friendly? Yes

Scarborough South Bay, North Yorkshire

Scarborough is one of the UK’s original seaside resorts, popular with families, aristocrats, and international guests for centuries. Scarborough South Bay is one of two beaches in the area (with the other being Scarborough North Bay) and features a great variety of cafés, ice-cream parlours, fish and chip restaurants, shops, and various arcades. The Bay is famous for its picturesque Victorian promenade as well as a popular fishing harbour, boat trips, and great surfing conditions.

Lifeguard? Yes

Dog Friendly?  Dogs are not allowed on the beach between 1st May and 30th September.

Bamburgh Castle Beach, Northumberland

Bamburgh Castle Beach is the perfect spot for a long, wind-swept walk at any time of year. Being on the North Coast, water temperatures stay pretty chilly throughout the year, but the beautiful sandy beach surely makes up for the nippy waters. My favourite thing about Bamburgh Beach is the stunning Bamburgh Castle dominating the skyline. Dating back to the 6th Century, Bamburgh Castle has been a strategic stronghold for many a King, defending England against invading Vikings and Scots. I’d highly recommend spending an afternoon exploring the Castle after a morning stroll on the beach. The Beach’s Sandy Hills dunes has been declared as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, home to unique flora and fauna – so you never know what you might spot!

Lifeguard?  No

Dog Friendly?  Yes

Rhossili Bay, Glamorgan

One of the best beaches to be found in Wales, Rhossili Bay is a National Trust site located on the southwestern tip of the Gower Peninsula. Made up of 3 glorious miles of sandy shoreline, surfing has become a popular activity here due to the Atlantic waters which reach the coastline. Grey seals can often be seen here, as well as the remains of the shipwrecked Helvetia once the tide goes out.

Lifeguard? No

Dog Friendly? Yes

White park Bay, County Antrim

White Park Bay is a secluded white-sand beach, located between two headlands which provide some shelter from strong winds. As a National Trust site, White Park Bay is under constant protection and monitoring, with its dunes teeming with wild flowers in the summer.

Lifeguard?  No

Dog Friendly? Yes

Gruinard Beach, Scottish Highlands

Gruinard Beach is a secluded area featuring stunning views of nearby countryside and Gruinard Island. The Beach is famous for clear waters, rock pools and soft, fine sand, and is a popular spot for hikers with multiple coastal paths and hills. With no facilities nearby, it’s a great spot to take a picnic and spend the day exploring the rock pools, discovering some rare rock specimens and unique flora and fauna.

Lifeguard? No

Dog Friendly? Yes

Port Erin Beach, Isle of Man

Located in the South-West of the Isle of Man, Port Erin Bay is a west-facing sandy beach – making it the perfect location to catch a stunning sunset. The beach curves into a horseshoe-shape, with the north end home to the rugged cliffs of Bradda Head.

With a promenade and picturesque café on the seafront, Port Erin Beach is the perfect place to catch a few waves, with surfing one of the most popular activities.

Lifeguards? No

Dog Friendly?  Dogs are prohibited from the beach during the day from May 1st to September 30th.

To find more stunning UK beaches, make sure you check out The Beach Guide website!

Happy exploring!

Charley x

10 Comments on “Top 7 UK Beaches to Visit this Summer

  1. I love visiting beaches and although I’m in Canada, I hope to visit some UK beaches in the next few years. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Adding all of these to my list! I haven’t been to the beach in years, so these are a must-see asap! I truly can’t wait to travel as soon as it’s safe and visit more of the UK, thanks for sharing x

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  3. So many great ones you have here Charley, we have a soft spot for Cornwall as everyone keeps telling us about it – so that will need to be our first stop! Glad to see you feature one of their beaches here too. We’ll need to visit these all x

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