The best UK beaches for an epic summer holiday>

The best UK beaches for an epic summer holiday

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that there are plenty of fun things to do in the UK.

With so many incredible destinations to visit on Blighty, why not enjoy a much-needed staycation or family day out on the coast?

From the dramatic views and delicious ice cream in Cornwall to the awe-inspiring ancient beaches on the Jurassic Coast, get yourself on a road trip and enjoy everything the UK has to offer.

Check out a few of our favourite beaches in the UK:

1. Camber Sands, Suffolk – Unroll the picnic blanket and enjoy unspoilt ocean views from this world-famous sand and shingle beach nestled on the Suffolk coast.

2. Anderby Creek, Lincolnshire – A hidden gem on the Lincolnshire coastline, without the overdevelopment and bustling crowds of nearby Skegness pr Mablethorpe. Anderby Creek is a highly accessible beach and perfect for families, dogs, and those with mobility issues, with no steep climbs to reach the seafront from the carpark.

3. West Wittering, South Downs – Recently voted the best beach in the UK, West Wittering boasts a sloping, sandy beach within a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a café. There’s even a kitesurfing club!

4. Sandwood Bay, Kinlochbervie – Regarded by many as one of the best (and cleanest) beaches in the British Isles, Sandwood Bay is perhaps one of Scotland’s best kept secrets, unsurprisingly as there’s no road access. Getting to the beach requires a four-mile walk from the car park in Blairmore – perfect if you’re on a road trip or feeling particularly adventurous. 

5. Fistral Beach, Cornwall – Now, if you’re looking for a quiet day by the beach, then Fistral probably won’t be your cup of tea due to the crowds that frequent this hugely popular tourist destination. It’s a must-visit beach for adventurers, adrenalin junkies and keen surfers, so if that’s you, be sure to add it to your list this summer. Plus, it’s dog friendly! 

6. Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door – We couldn’t leave out the Jurassic Coast! Perfect for little explorers and dramatic views, a trip to the here is guaranteed to be thrilling, as you search for ancient ammonites and pre-historic relics in the rockface. 

Why not make a mini-break of it?

Sometimes, one day at the beach just won’t cut it, especially when the sun’s shining and you’ve driven a long way. If we’ve inspired you to pack up the car and go on a little adventure, don’t forget that you can save on hotels, meals out and more with your Defence Discount service membership.

Save 10% at 

- Save 10% on hotels at Expedia 

- Enjoy exclusive member savings on breaks with Parkdean

- Long drive to the seaside? Save at Welcome Break

- Get £50 off when you book a stay with Holiday Cottages