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The Best UK Coastal Areas to Visit

With stay-local messaging rife, British holidaymakers may well be staying much closer to home this summer. Luckily for us, there are plenty of beautiful coastlines to visit. From secret swathes of sandy beach in Scotland to the picturesque cliffs of the Isle Of Wight, it’s time to get exploring!

If you’re in need of some inspiration for your UK family beach holiday, stay tuned!



What To Pack for a Coastal Holiday

With beautiful new collections that are suitable for the whole family rearing their heads this spring, we couldn’t be more excited to chuck on our new gear and head off to the beach come rain or shine.

Barbour clothing on families at the beach

For any beach holiday – soft, lightweight and weatherpoof clothing is a must.

For your waterproofs, wax jackets, breezy knits and lightweight quilts – Barbour is a brand that has the full family covered. After all, they have been making clothing to be worn in the British outdoors for over 100 years!

Now… where to go?

Best Coastal Areas in the UK

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#1 Isle Of Wight – Ventnor

The vast majority of the Isle of Wight has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Beauty – and for good reason. In total, there are over 65 MILES of coastline to explore. The Isle of Wight Coastal Path is split into 6 sections – with an area to suit every kind of family. From winding roads, scenic cliffs and golden beaches – any route is bound to exhilarate you and the family. The seaside resort of Ventnor is particularly beautiful and a popular choice amongst families with it’s sandy, clean and easily accessible beach.

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#2 Scotland – Moray Firth Coast

Scotland’s coastline is picturesque. Known for its beautiful coastal scenery, turquoise blue seas and white sand beaches, it’s the perfect location for a family-friendly UK beach holiday. Whether you’d like to take the family dolphin spotting, sailing or even walking the beautiful Moray Coastal Trail – the Moray coast should be top of your explore list. Home to friendly harbour villages, towering sea cliffs and incredible changing light, the Moray Firth Coast is a great place for families due to its beautiful scenery and helpful services.

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#3 Devon – Shaldon

Recently described by The Times as one of the ‘Best Places to Live in the UK’ the south Devon village of Shaldon is a dreamy family holiday destination. With 2x beautiful pocket-sized beaches, botanical gardens, quaint thatched cottages and plenty of family activities – this beautiful village has it all. With some of the most breathtaking coastline in South Devon, Shaldon Beach is sure to be a hit with the family this summer.

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© The Cornwall Guide

#4 Cornwall – Coverack

The village of Coverack is located in the heart of Cornwall and is perfect for exhilarating coastal walks, sea swimming, and plenty of family activities. A picturesque fishing community that is home to friendly and welcoming local businesses – there is plenty of quaint accommodation around to suit all types of families. We promise the golden sands of Coverack will not disappoint this Summer!

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#5 Cumbria – St Bees

Perfect for those families looking for a bit of peace and quiet, St Bees is the perfect coastal area. Marking the start of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Route, St Bees is also the perfect spot for active explorers looking for exhilarating walks or a spot of rock climbing.  It has a beautiful long sandy beach and forms one of the most dramatic natural features along the entire coast of North West England with its four miles of towering cliffs.



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2021-03-04 14:15:30By Ciara Martin

Written by Ciara Martin

Ciara Martin

Ciara Martin

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