From vast sweeping beaches in Scotland to sheltered pebbled coves in Dorset, we've rounded up our favourite secluded beaches below.
If you're craving that salty sea breeze, the sound of crashing waves and sand between your toes, then look no further. Seacliff Beach lies five miles from North Berwick and is ideal for those wanting to escape the crowds. Enjoy windswept strolls along the wide sweeping beach and soak up the stunning views of Tantallon Castle.
Whether you explore the rock pools, make sandcastles or discover the tiny historic harbour, it's easy to spend the day here. Look out to sea and you'll find Bass Rock, an uninhabited island hosting thousands of seabirds.
While most holidaymakers in Norfolk explore the popular beaches between Hunstanton and Blakeney, Scolt Island Head is a wonderful alternative boasting unspoilt sandy beaches, dunes and an abundance of exceptional wildlife.
As an offshore barrier island, access is limited due to the tide but this just makes it a quieter spot for beachgoers. Bird watchers will feel at home here as internationally important numbers of Sandwich terns breed on the island. Plus, as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it's a prime picnic spot too.
With castle views and coastline around every corner, there's plenty of beaches in Northumberland. But for ultimate beach bliss, we recommend visiting Low Newton, an attractive 18th-century fishing village.
The huge sweeping curves of the beach are so vast it never feels crowded and the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle create a scenic backdrop. Surfers and windsurfers can be seen skimming across the waves and there’s rock pools aplenty to explore. When you’ve had your fill of the beach, head to The Ship Inn for a refreshing pint from its very own microbrewery.
A hidden gem near the tip of the Isle of Portland, Church Ope Cove is a great place to spend the day. Surrounded by cliffs on three sides, the pebble beach is pleasantly sheltered and a popular spot for swimming. Keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins; if you're lucky, you might spot one among the waves.
The ruins of Portland's oldest castle overlook this tranquil Dorset cove. If you’re up for a walk, you can follow the Coast Path and Legacy Trail along the old railway line for incredible views.
Give the gift of vitamin sea with a holiday to Swansea. Head to Three Cliffs Bay for a picture-perfect shoreline, sweeping sand dunes and towering limestone cliffs that never fail to impress. Plus, dogs are allowed all year round so you can take the whole family!
When the tide is out, an archway in the cliffs leads to the tranquil Pobbles Bay nearby. Or, climb to the top of the cliffs and your reward is some seriously great panoramic views. Hikers can explore the beautiful Wales Coast Path from here.
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