Traveling in the UK this summer? Here are 20 of the best British beaches that should be at the top of your holiday bucket list.

You may have missed the news but we’re having something of a heatwave in Great Britain at the moment. The sun is shining and the temperature is rising – what better time to grab your bucket and spade and make the most of the best beaches in the UK?

Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect… 

It sometimes surprises people when we tell them that Great Britain has some pretty spectacular beaches.

For a nation so obsessed with our weather (talking about it, checking it, moaning about it when the forecast is wrong), we can do a pretty poor job of convincing the rest of the world that yes, we do have summers, and actually, they’re pretty fabulous.

The next time that someone questions how wonderful a British beach can actually be, we suggest you start by showing them these beauties.

The Best Beaches in the UK

Durness, Highlands, Scotland

Durness, Scotland is one of the best beaches in the UK.

Dramatic doesn’t begin to cover it. Durness beach is the most north-westerly point on the British mainland and boasts a pristine beach with azure blue waters framed by dramatic cliffs. The perfect beach to get away from it all and soak up some of Scotland’s finest views.

Portreath, Cornwall, England

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Portreath’s large beach boasts soft, golden sands and miles and miles of beach for you to flop and drop on. The beach is also popular with surfers thanks to the break created by the harbour wall and rocky. Climb the steep path to the top of the cliff to appreciate the full scale of the shoreline.

Porthcurno, Cornwall, England

Porthcurno in Cornwall is an awesome sandy beach in the UK

Porthcurno is an award-winning beach in Cornwall. Tucked in Cornwall’s far west, the beach is a popular summer spot, thanks to the fine white sand and turquoise water for which it is famed.

The beach is sheltered by the high cliffs on either side, making it a cosy spot to spend the day soaking up the sun. It’s also the real-life location of Poldark’s Nampara Cove – Aidan Turner not guaranteed.

Sennen Cove, Cornwall, England

Sennen Cove is a beautiful beach in Cornwall. Click to read our pick of beaches in the UK

Sennen Cove is a laid back surfers hotspot with a beaut of a beach. The long sandy beach can get busy in the summer, but when the sun is shining, there are few places in the world we’d rather be. Gaze at the large rollers heading towards the coast (the reason Sennen is such a surfer’s paradise), take a dip or just bask in the Cornish sun.

Camber Sands, East Sussex, England

Camber Sands, East Sussex

Camber Sands is one of the few sandy beaches in East Sussex. Not only one of the finest beaches on the south-east coast, Camber Sands is a wind- and kite-surfing hotspot and the perfect location for a spot of beachcombing (the particularly adventurous can try a spot of clam-gathering). The large beach makes for an easy day trip from London – that’s this weekend’s plans sorted then.

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