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8 Excellent British Beaches for a Good Vacation

Bathers at Birling Gap at Seven Sisters cliffs in East Sussex, UK
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Bathers at Birling Gap at Seven Sisters cliffs in East Sussex, UK

Most people associate Great Britain with gloomy weather, strong, cold North Sea winds, and rocky shores. And yet, this large island with its surrounding archipelagos has quite a few white sandy beaches where tourists come to sunbathe on hot summer days, surfers catch waves on windy days, and romantics watch the sun set. Visit these eight beaches and you’ll be an expert in the British coastline.

1. Luskentyre, Isle of Harris, Hebrides Islands

Young male photographer with dreadlocks at a sunny white sand beach, Luskentyre, Isle of Harris, Hebrides
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Young male photographer with dreadlocks at a sunny white sand beach, Luskentyre, Isle of Harris, Hebrides

This point of the Hebrides is a true paradise for lovers of scenic nature and tranquillity. Spectacular sandy shores, azure waters and surrounding mountains have made the beaches of Luskentyre one of the most beautiful places in the whole of Britain.

2. Saunton Sands Beach, Braunton

The waves at saunton sands Devon England
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  The waves at saunton sands Devon England

In terms of excellent beaches, Devon is one of the richest places in Britain. The beach of Saunton Sands is visited by every enthusiast of the sea, sand and sun without exceptions.

3. Rhossili Bay, Gower Peninsula

Rhossili Bay Wales
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Rhossili Bay Wales

Situated in the South of Wales on the Gower Peninsula, this beach stands out due to its sandy dunes and tranquillity. The nearby Fall Island is a favourite among surfers. The small village of Rhossili is located near the bay.

4. Porthminster Beach, St. Ives

The pretty seaside town of St Ives in Cornwall
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  The pretty seaside town of St Ives in Cornwall

This is another beach that’s well-known both in Great Britain and in Europe. It has a wide sandy zone, a nearby town with all kinds of entertainment, some excellent surfing schools and good conditions for surfers – everything one might need for a good vacation.

5. Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay, Newquay, Cornwal

Overlooking Fistral Beach Newquay Cornwall England
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Overlooking Fistral Beach Newquay Cornwall England

This is one more marvellous, Atlantic Ocean-facing beach of Southwest England – white sand, excellent conditions for water sports and great customer service.

6. Birling Gap, East Sussex

Seven Sisters cliffs in East Sussex
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Seven Sisters cliffs in East Sussex

This cool and windy beach is more suitable for lovers of nature and picturesque views. The Birling Gap is part of the world-renowned white chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters. The spectacular coastline of East Sussex and the Birling Gap have made their way into more than one film. The beach can easily be reached from London.

7. Sandwood Bay, Sutherland

Waves break up the steep white sandy beach with people looking out to the sea-stack off the headland at Sandwood Bay, Sutherland
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Waves break up the steep white sandy beach with people looking out to the sea-stack off the headland at Sandwood Bay, Sutherland

To get to the Sandwood Bay and its wild beauty you’ll have to travel to the very top of Great Britain, as this is one of the country's northernmost points. Walking along the beach is likely to make you feel as if you’re the last person on Earth.

8. Woolacombe Beach, Devon

Beach at Woolacombe Devon England UK
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Beach at Woolacombe Devon England UK

In a survey carried out by TripAdvisor.com, this beach, located in Devon, was revealed to be more popular than the beaches of Greece Italy, Thailand and Costa Rica.

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