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The Best of British Beaches

10 MAY 2018

If predictions are right and it's a scorcher this summer, why head abroad when we have some of the best beaches in Europe right here on our doorstep?!

Here's a guide to some of the 2018 award winning Blue Flag beaches in the UK…

Alum Chine Beach (Bournemouth)

Alum Chine is a wide and exceptionally clean beach - perfect for families and couples alike. There are plenty of things to do such as kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, wind surfing and sailing. There is also a sub-tropical garden at the back of the beach with stunning views over the Solent.

Dunmore Strand Beach (Dunmore East)

Nestled in a sheltered cove and hence protected from most of the wind and waves; Dunmore Strand is an almighty find. But beware: the beach disappears at high tide, so make sure to check the tide times before you plan your trip.

If you're the adventurous type, it is home to an adventure centre which offers a range of gnarly activities like diving and rock climbing.

Castlerock Beach

Castlerock beach is backed by an extensive system of sand dunes which form part of the Binevenagh AONB (Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty). This is a great beach if you’re into the wilder side of life, as it is not only great for rock pooling but also adjacent to a National Trust bird sanctuary.

Achmelvich Bay

This is a beautiful sheltered beach on the rural western coast of Scotland. Largely untouched by man and with granite outcrops that divide the beach into sections; this can be your own little piece of paradise.

Poppit Sands - West Beach

With the mouth of the river on one side and the hilly Pembrokshire countryside on the other, the view from Poppit Sands is well worth a peek. It hosts a hive of activity while the water sports prove to be especially popular. The beach is also a haven for wildlife and the western side offers great opportunities to explore rockpools. If you look out onto the surf, particularly in the summer months, there's a chance you'll spot dolphins, porpoises, seals, or even whales passing by.