With temperatures soaring this weekend, there’s only one place to be: the beach.
Luckily, the UK coastline is dotted with a number of beautiful sandy beaches perfect for lazy days of sandcastle building and sun worshipping.
Here’s our guide to the top 10, from a hidden gem in Wales to a Scottish beach that’s compared to the sun-kissed shores of the Maldives.
Now all you have to do is pack your sunscreen and a towel.
1.TRAETH LLANDDWYN, ANGLESEY, WALES
Traeth Llanddwyn in Wales is known as ‘an ideal picnic spot when the weather is nice’.
One beach to lay out your towel on this summer is Traeth Llanddwyn, a Blue Flag beach on the Welsh Isle of Anglesey that is supported by the Newborough National Nature Reserve. It is described by tourism board Considered ‘the ideal picnic spot in fine weather’, it offers views of Llanddwyn Island, a tidal island crowned by Twr Mawr Lighthouse.
2. TRAIGH MHEILEIN BEACH ON THE ISLE OF HARRIS, SCOTLAND
Traigh Mheilein Beach on the Isle of Harris has been declared the “Scotland equivalent of the Maldives”.
Away from the crowds, this scenic beach is accessible via an easy path half hour hike beginning from Huisinis Beach on the Isle of Harris.
A video of the beach recently went viral on TikTok when two bloggers dubbed it “Scotland’s equivalent of the Maldives.” They told MailOnline Travel: “You don’t often see the white sands and crystal clear waters in the UK.” We were lucky enough to visit the Maldives twice, once for our honeymoon and then we returned two years later because we were there in love with the Maldives. [Traigh Mheilein] “The beach reminded us of the beautiful water there.”
3. PEDN VOUNDER BEACH, NEAR LAND’S END IN CORNWALL
Above is the ‘beautiful’ Pedn Vounder beach which is near Land’s End in Cornwall. It is known as the “unofficial nudist beach”.
Framed by cliffs and accessible via a steep path, Pedn Vounder Beach is described by a local beach guide Cornall Beaches as one of the “most beautiful beaches” in Cornwall.
It is said that you can expect “crystal clear turquoise water” and “beautiful white sand” when you visit. Those who hate tan lines are in luck — the website says it’s an “unofficial nudist beach.”
4. GREEN PORTH ON THE ISLAND OF TRESCO, ISLANDS OF SCILLY
Located on Tresco Island in the Isles of Scilly, Green Porth Beach is a sheltered spot for swimmers and sunbathers
Green Porth on the east coast of Tresco in the Isles of Scilly looks as pretty as a picture.
The Cornwall beaches The guide reveals: “The beach is bordered at one end by Old Grimsby Quay and overlooked at the other end by the old fort on Tommy’s Hill.” It adds that there are low dunes at the back of the beach that float on windy days and shelter for sunbathers.
It is one of the many beaches in the archipelago worth visiting local tourist board Notes: “With their turquoise waters and light, fine sand, Scilly’s beaches are simply stunning – beautiful enough to rival anyone in the world.”
5 & 6. SALCOMBE NORTH SANDS & SOUTH SANDS BEACH – DEVON
Salcombe North Sands, pictured in the foreground, is a popular family spot. South Sands Beach (in the background) is nearby
Salcombe North Sands, just a short stroll from Salcombe town, is perfect for anyone planning a family day in the sun.
Visit South Devon describes it as “a large sandy beach perfect for families, with great swimming opportunities due to the safe bay and nearby rock pools to explore”.
If you feel like it, you can spend the morning building sand castles on Salcombe North Sands and then devote the afternoon to sunbathing on nearby South Sands Beach, described by the Tourist Board as ‘one of the most unspoilt beaches in South Devon’.
7. LUSKENTYRE BEACH, ISLE OF HARRIS, SCOTLAND
This shot shows beautiful Luskentyre Beach on the west coast of the Isle of Harris in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides
“Forget the Caribbean and [the] Indian Ocean is the most beautiful wild sea beach in the world.”
So says a Tripadvisor reviewer ‘BK1958’ from Luskentyre Beach which is on the west coast of the Isle of Harris in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.
Last year this strip of sand was named According to Tripadvisor it is the best beach in Great Britain and the seventh best beach in all of Europe.
8. BROAD HAVEN SOUTH IN PEMBROKESHIRE, WALES
Above is Broad Haven South which is near the village of Bosherston in Pembrokeshire
“Broad Haven South can be a good spot for swimming, surfing, fishing and a great place to play cricket or frisbee.”
That’s what he says Pembrokeshire coast Site of this pretty strip of sand that lies near the village of Bosherston.
The website adds, “Just offshore there is an intriguing limestone stack known as Church Rock.”
9. BAMBURGH BEACH, NORTHUMBERLAND
Bamburgh Beach’s “wide, unspoilt shoreline is uncrowded and fringed with glorious sand dunes”
Enjoy views of the magnificent, Grade I listed Bamburgh Castle while sunbathing on this stunning stretch of Northumberland coastline.
The local tourist board says of Bamburgh Beach: “Its vast, unspoilt coastline is uncrowded and fringed with fabulous sand dunes…plus there are views out to sea all the way to Lindisfarne, Holy Island and the Farne Islands.”
To make a trip to the beach even more appealing, the village of Bamburgh was recently voted the country’s most popular seaside destination. poll, as we reported.
10. CRANTOCK BEACH NEAR NEWQUAY, CORNWALL
Pictured above is sunny Crantock Beach near Newquay, Cornwall. Try on-site surfing and stand-up paddleboard lessons
Located at the mouth of the River Gannel, Crantock Beach is a National Trust operated stretch of sand said to be ideal for sand castles and surfing.
“Big Green Surf School in Crantock offers surf and stand-up paddleboard lessons and rentals,” the statement said national trust reveals and adds that birds such as fulmars and jackdaws can be spotted on the beach.
After a recent visit, Tripadvisor reviewer Andrew D praised the “beautiful” sandy beach and the “crystal clear” sea, writing: “It never disappoints.” “It felt like we were in another country.”