Britain’s Most Incredible Coastlines [Slideshow]
Wind-swept cliffs, translucent coves, waterfalls and hilltop ruins are just a few of the delights along the UK’s coast.
Home to wildlife, quaint villages, epic walking trails and panoramic views , there’s no need to travel overseas, for coastal backdrops straight out of the glossy pages of a tourist brochure.
Whether you want to venture into the wilderness on the Isle of Skye or explore the history of Cornwall’s castles, get your walking shoes, ready to discover some of Britain’s most incredible coastlines.
No matter what you choose to do in the Outer Hebrides, you’ll never be far from dramatic stretches of incredible coastline. Island hopping, biking, surfing and kayaking combine with rich history and culture. Discover ancient standing stones, hear Gaelic still spoken in local pubs, enjoy folk musicians and feast on fresh lobster, crab and scallops.
Imagine if the White Cliffs of Dover could tell tales of what they’ve witnessed, including the arrival of the Romans? Designated an Icon on Britain, the pure limestone cliffs are best seen from the sea, however walking trails provide an up-close and personal look at unique flora and fauna.
The Durdle Door limestone arch is one of the most recognised landmarks of the Dorset coast. Stretching almost 100 miles, golden beaches, secluded coves and translucent seas make it a haven for holiday-makers. Choose peace and serenity or head to the vibrant towns of Bournemouth and Weymouth.
If you love castles and coastlines, Cornwall serves them up complete with magical myths and legends. Tintagel Castle in North Cornwall, has always inspired artists, writers and dreamers with stories of King Arthur and Camelot. Then, there’s exposed coast perfect for surfing, charming seaside villages and spectacular hilltop walks.
Not one, but two stunning coastlines combine with national parks and adventure activities, in Devon. You’ll see enchanting villages, vast stretches of sand, peaceful coves and rock pools, on a backdrop of startling panoramas.
With the only National Park in the UK that’s mainly focused on its dramatic coast, Pembrokeshire is heaven for ocean-loving adventurers. Dedicated cliff top walking trails let you explore the views and abundant wildlife. Water sports, fishing and surfing are just some of the activities available and quaint seaside towns welcome you after a long day of adventuring.
Isle of Skye
Fancy spotting a fairy or two? You might just do so, on the mystical Isle of Skye. Fairy lore adds to the magic of breathtaking coastal cliffs with waterfalls, castle ruins and the opportunity to see otters, seals, whales and dolphins.
Soaring white cliffs and the ever-popular Brighton beach characterize the Sussex coast. However, it’s easy to find remote, wild spots for seclusion and peace. Fancy fish and chips? Journey around the coastal resorts for fantastic beaches with plenty of family-friendly fun available.
Isle of Wight
With 57 miles of varied coastline, the Isle of Wight’s rugged cliffs, hidden coves and award-winning beaches attract tourists year-round. Coastal paths offer easy walks to discover windswept views and local heritage.