5 Beaches You Won’t Believe Are in the UK

Deal Expert, London

Here’s proof that the world’s best beaches aren’t always a plane-ride away. Feast your eyes on a selection of the UK’s finest stretches of sand, from the coast of Cornwall to the wilds of West Scotland…

Luskentyre Beach, Harris, Scotland (pictured above & below)

Luskentyre Bay, Isle of Harris, Scotland

As you can see, Luskentyre Beach, with its green-blue waters lapping at fine white sands, clearly has no place hanging around within UK boundaries. Yet somehow, however improbably, that’s exactly what it does. Pop a wetsuit on, slather on the fake tan, and you could almost be in the Bahamas.

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Pedn Vounder, Cornwall

Pedn Vounder, Cornwall
Getting to Pedn Vounder requires some effort — not only is it hidden away on Cornwall’s extreme southwestern tip, but when you get there you’ll find it’s still only accessible by either boat or a long walk and a cliffside scramble. It’s worth it to spend time on this near-perfect sandy crescent. At low tide, sand bars are often exposed, creating shallow pools that warm quickly in the sun.

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Tresco, Isles of Scilly

Tresco, Isles of Scilly
If by some curious twist of fate, you happened to wake up unexpectedly in Tresco on a random summer’s day, you might consider the warm temperate climate, before taking in the powdery white sands and turquoise waters all around, and (quite reasonably) conclude that you were somewhere in the Caribbean rather than just off the coast of Cornwall.

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Knockvologan, Isle of Mull, Scotland

Secreted away on the far western shore of Scotland’s Isle of Mull, Knockvologan is home to whiter-than-white sands and crystalline water. If you’re lucky you’ll be sharing it with seals and no-one else.

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Achmelvich Bay Beach, Sutherland, Scotland

Achmelvich Bay, Sutherland, Scotland
A lovely sheltered bay in the far northwest of Scotland, where the beach is split into sections by jagged granite outcrops. It’s hard to reach and all the better for it, and the sand is of such excellent quality that they hold an annual sandcastle-building competition here in early July.

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  • http://www.redmudmedia.com/ Ralph du Plessis

    I took this at Holkham beach in Norfolk this weekend….

    • Matt Carrelo

      Wow. Fantastic!

      • Matt Carrelo

        Italy has nothing on the UK beaches!

  • http://www.joelbrandonbravo.wordpress.com Joel Brandon-Bravo

    Agree you can’t miss Holkham off this list. Also three Scotland but no Wales?!?!

    • Rory

      Joel, no doubt there are some exceptional beaches in Wales, too. But we had some strict criteria here – beaches had to genuinely look as if they could be somewhere in the Caribbean rather than Britain. In that regard, Scotland is ahead of everyone else!

  • Mark Mcnally

    helens bay near bangor northern ireland 10 days ago