Four Can’t-Miss Beaches in the UK
When you think of the UK, what comes to mind?
Maybe it’s red phone booths, double-decker buses, Irish countryside or tennis. I’ll bet it’s NOT beaches, but you might be surprised to learn that the United Kingdom's stunning coastline is where you'll find some of the best beaches in the world.
From the famous Durdle Door in Dorset, England, to the secluded St. Ninian's Beach in Scotland's Shetland Islands, the UK offers a diverse range of beach experiences that are sure to impress.
Durdle Door's curved rock archway is a must-see, and nearby Man'O War beach and Lulworth Cove provide additional scenic views and delicious seaside cuisine. In contrast, St. Ninian's Beach may be cold, but the crystal-clear waters and unique sand-bar-style causeway create a tropical-like paradise that's perfect for exploring by kayak.
If you're looking for a more traditional British seaside experience, head to Branscombe Beach in Devon, where you can enjoy coastal trails and historic streets before savoring a delicious lunch at a quaint countryside pub. Or, head to Swanage in southern England for a quintessential beach town experience, complete with a sandy bay beach, beach huts, and nearby Old Harry's Rocks.
And if you’ll be visiting Northern Ireland, Helen's Bay Beach provides a wild and relatively untouched experience, surrounded by Crawfordsburn Country Park and featuring a delightful cafe and nearby historical fort.
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