Are you searching for your next adventure? For many of us, wanderlust is at an all-time high. Luckily, you can escape to the seaside for a memorable UK break this summer. So grab your sunglasses and start the highly anticipated holiday countdown today. 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. Take your dog for a stroll along the wide sweeping beach and enjoy 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.
Live like a king on a secluded offshore barrier island in Norfolk. Most holidaymakers explore the popular beaches between Hunstanton and Blakeney. Instead, go to Scolt Island Head for unspoilt sandy beaches, dunes and an abundance of exceptional wildlife. Access is limited due to the tide. Bird watchers will feel at home here; internationally important numbers of Sandwich terns breed on the island. A designated area of outstanding beauty, it's a prime picnic spot.
With castle views and coastline around every corner, there's plenty of beaches in Northumberland. We recommend visiting Low Newton, an attractive 18th-century fishing village. The curving beach is so vast; it will never feel crowded. The dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle stand tall in the distance. Surfers and windsurfers can be seen skimming across the waves. After a busy day paddling and exploring rock pools, 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 sheltered and popular for swimming. Keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins; if you're lucky, you might spot one in these waters. The ruins of Portland's oldest castle overlook this tranquil Dorset cove. 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, sand dunes and salt marsh. The limestone cliffs never fail to impress. Plus, dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, so you can take the whole family! An archway in the cliffs leads to the tranquil Pobbles beach. 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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