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The UK isn’t often touted as a sun and sea destination. But while the sky might often bear a striking resemblance to a damp, greying dishcloth, when the sun does make a cameo, there’s only one place to be. And that’s beside the seaside.

Believe it or not, the UK boasts some brilliant stretches of coast, from tacky wonderlands such as Blackpool and Skegness, to the more picturesque. But don’t just take our word for it – we’ve picked a few of our favourite seaside spots for travellers of every persuasion to take their bucket and spade this summer, so check them out for yourself.

Durdle Door, Dorset

Best for The money shot

Why? One of the most impressive landmarks on the Jurassic Coast – England’s first natural world heritage site – this high rock arch poking out into the water was formed by the sea punching clean through it. A sweeping beach in its shadow is the perfect place to soak up the sight and catch some rays. Keep your eyes on TNT over summer for more on the Jurassic Coast – 95 miles of incredible coastline carved from 185 million years of the Earth’s history.

Lunan Bay, Scotland

Best for Surfing with a view

Why? On the country’s east coast, this dramatic two-mile stretch of broad beach is backed by rolling dunes and low red cliffs. Adding to this high drama are the crumbling remains of the Red Castle, built in the 1100s, which looms regally over the scene. Lunan Bay is ever-popular with surfers for its shifting beach break peaks, but not so well-known to get crowded.;

Portstewart Strand, Northern Ireland

Best for Clean craic

Why? On Northern Ireland’s wild and windswept Causeway Coast, this pristine beach has been allocated Seaside Award status for its cleanliness and water quality. After a dip in the invigorating North Atlantic, continue your clean-living with walks along the area’s various nature trails, which give great views of the north coast. Then nip over to neighbouring Portrush for a gander at the sea-sculpted shapes in the limestone cliffs of White Rocks beach.


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