Top 5 Secret UK Beaches for Avoiding the Crowds

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Getting away on a seaside break is one of the best things about the summer months, but one thing that can somewhat spoil your enjoyment of our fine coastal areas is the abundance of tourists that flock there with you. But, everybody loves a good seaside break so crowds are just a fact of life, right? Wrong! There is a way that you can escape to the beach without having to fight over the last deckchair – with the help of our Top 5 secret beaches in the UK.

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Knockvologan, Isle of Mull

Settled on the most westerly point of the Isle of Mull, this large stretch of white sand could easily be mistaken for some faraway Caribbean haven. Park your car and take the ten minute walk down onto Knockvologan Beach to enjoy its crystal clear Atlantic waters and panoramic views of the coast. At low tide the island of Erraid can be accessed, which was the supposed setting for Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Kidnapped’.

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The Silver Sands of Morar

This collection of picturesque beaches scatter along the coastline from Arisaig to Morar, offering up incredible views of the islands of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna. Walkers often explore them as a trail, hopping from one to the next. Located close to Loch Ness and surrounded by nothing but lush, Scottish landscapes, it’s the ideal place to discover what makes a UK beach break so special. Keep an eye out for the abundance of local wildlife, including seals, dolphins and even the odd shark!

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Watwick Bay, Pembrokeshire

If you fancy a little more adrenaline on your beach break, then Watwick Bay could be exactly what you’re looking for. Just 1 mile from the Milford Haven Waterway, this protected beach is only accessible on foot, so leave your car in the nearby St Anne’s car park. Ideal for swimming, sailing and water-skiing, you can get your thrill before relaxing on the stunning beach beneath the sandstone cliffs.

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Achmelvich Bay, Scotland

Another Scottish gem, but it’s more than worth its place in our top 5. Located at the very top of the UK in the Highlands region, it’s easy to understand how even such a breath-taking beach can remain so private. Its Blue Flag status displays just how perfect this place is, with untouched sands, a nearby castle to explore and plenty of cafes just up the road, you couldn’t pick a better place to relax.

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Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire

Perhaps you don’t think of our home county when looking for a beach break, and if you do it’s more likely to be in Scarborough, Bridlington or Whitby. But we know a place that you should definitely be taking at least a day trip to. It’s probably less of a secret for those of us who grew up around here, as many (like me) will have spent weekends searching through the rock pools and clambering over the fallen boulders, but Flamborough Head is a diamond in the rough of East Yorkshire’s expansive coastline. The impressive white cliffs and rugged landscape are perfect for those of you who love a good walk and keep an eye on the local wildlife.

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Which UK beaches have you come across on your travels? Let us know by commenting below! 

3 responses to “Top 5 Secret UK Beaches for Avoiding the Crowds

  1. Khalid

    Here’s a couple of beauties, Bamburgh Beach in Northumberland. Wide open with huge sand dunes. The other is a bit more a crowded but Holywell Bay in Cornwall is a beauty, possibly my favourite UK beach. Topped off with a great pub in the dunes overlooking the sea, St.Pirrens Inn.

    • 5. Vikki

      Hi Mike, the nearest beach is 14 miles away in Helensburgh. It’s a sand and shingle beach with a small town, ideal for surfers. If you’re after something a little more picturesque, head 16 miles to irvine Beach. Long stretch of golden sands!

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