Discover the UK’s best beaches


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It’s easy to forget how breath-taking the UK coastline is. So, rather than booking a trip to the Mediterranean this summer, why not soak up the sun a little closer to home. From white sandy beaches where you can walk barefoot, to long piers for spectacular sunsets. Here are our pick of the UK’s best beaches.

Ayr beach, Scotland – 1 hours’ drive from our Weirs Wynd development

Described as one of the best beaches in Scotland, Ayr beach makes for a very special place to visit. Mainly made up of sand, Ayr beach is perfect for picnics, sandcastle building and even has enough grassy areas for children to play in. As an award-winning beach, this location hosts a range of activities, from a putting green to a historical landmark. Perfect for the whole family.

Blackpool Sands, Dartmouth – 1.5 hours’ drive from our Embden Grange development

Popular with families due to its calm and clean waters, this sand and shingle beach is perfect for sunbathers and activity lovers alike. Marked as a Blue Flag beach, Blackpool Sands has achieved high standards for cleanliness, safety, and facilities. Kayaks and paddle boards are available for hire nearby and there are plenty of good B&B’s and guest houses near the beachfront.

Kingsgate Bay, Broadstairs, Kent – 30 minute drive from our Perry Court development

Set within a cove sheltered by white chalk cliffs and an abundance of sea caves, Kingsgate Bay is perfect for exploring. Wander along the coastline and watch out for fossilised sea urchins or investigate the hidden caves. The beach itself is clean and quiet, perfect for those in search of some tranquillity. And for history lovers, perched on the top of the Southern cliff is Kingsgate Castle, built in the 1760s for Lord Holland.

Holkham, Norfolk – 50 minute drive from our Bure Meadows development

Holkham beach is vast, with miles of golden sand and dunes. Even at the height of summer there’s space for children to run around. A short way back from the beach, through wooded pine trees, are rows of colourful beach huts for hire. Making it the perfect spot for a family getaway. The area is a great bird watching spot and if you’re lucky you may even spy a seal or two bathing on the sand banks.