A two mile stretch of golden sand in the far north of Scotland, Brora beach is a stunning spot to spend the day. The grasses and Jurassic rock around the coast give it an appealingly wild feel, and from the shore dolphins, Minke whales and seals can often be seen. There are no facilities on the beach itself, but the village has plenty of places to eat and the local golf course is a spectacular place to tee off.
This fabulously named beach in County Wexford is a lovely, secluded place that’s ideal for a family trip. The track down to the shore is quite rough, but worth the walk – the water is fresh and the soft sand is perfect for playing in. The nearby Hook Head lighthouse and Tintern Abbey are well worth a visit too.
The southern section of Woolacombe Bay, Putsborough Sands is a beautiful sandy beach that’s sheltered by the rocky headland of Baggy Point. Popular with families, yet quieter than other parts of the coast, it has lots of rock pools to discover, fine sand that’s ideal for building sandcastles and rolling waves. Unsurprisingly, it’s popular with surfers, and visitors can hire a board and take a surfing lesson. Facilities include showers and toilets as well as a delightful café selling locally sourced food.
Tenby North beach
As Pembrokeshire’s main holiday resort, Tenby is a popular spot and with good reason. North Beach (pictured above) has been awarded Blue Flag status and is a gorgeous ribbon of sand dotted with rock pools. It’s overlooked by the town and accessed either through the harbour or by the north cliff steps. Facilities include a shop, café, toilets and a range of hire facilities.
If you’re popping across the Channel for the day, you won’t find a better place to sunbathe than Wissant beach. This lovely town is just 21km along the coast from Calais and its beach is a fine stretch of white sand with gently lapping waves and a favourable breeze that draws kite surfers out into the swell. The village itself is charming and well worth a wander around.