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Where are the UKs Quiet Beaches

Following recent media reports of packed beaches, we shine a spotlight on a few of the UK’s less trodden shorelines. As an island nation with thousands of miles of coastline, there’s no shortage of beautiful beaches if you are willing to travel a little further and forgo beach-side amenities. We’ve selected four beaches where you’ll never have to queue for ice-creams or parking. More recommendations for deserted beaches around the UK can be found at and

It is worth noting that most of the beaches we have featured don’t have lifeguards. For beaches serviced by lifeguards, visit the RNLI website.

If Huisinis Beach were located anywhere except at the end of the road on a remote Scottish island it would be very well known indeed. This idyllic south facing sandy beach on the Isle of Harris in the Hebrides is likely to be empty when you visit, despite its exceptional beauty. Nestled around the beach are crofters’ cottages on grassy slopes. As you travel along the B887 to get there, you’ll see the brick tower of an old whaling station and the imposing 19th century Amhuinnsuidhe Castle, home of the 7th Earl of Dunmore. The beach is ideal for swimming, surfing, kayaking, fishing and sailing. Dogs are allowed. There is a slipway nearby at the Sound of Taransay along with a watersports centre specialising in sailing. The nearby island of Taransay was the location of the TV programme “Castaway”. OS grid ref. NA 9912 1200. Nearest town: Stornoway

Tresaith Beach is a great beach for families and has a lifeguard service. Its Blue Flag award reflects the range of facilities including a shop, cafe, pub and public toilets. There are rock pools to explore and a smaller beach just around from the waterfall at the northern end, only accessible when the tide is out. Tresaith is popular for a range of water sports; it can be a good surfing beach but is most popular for sailing with a well-established club and slipway. Dogs are not allowed during summer high season.Postcode: SA43 2JL. OS grid ref. SN 2784 5158. Nearest town: Cardigan

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Boasting a 50-metre waterfall and shingle and sand beach, Speke’s Mill Mouth in Hartland, North Devon is a vast empty bay on Devon’s lesser known “shipwreck coast”. This is a bay for walkers who appreciate dramatic cliffs and for experienced surfers. With its large crashing waves, this is sadly not the beach to visit for paddling with children or for a relaxing afternoon sunbathing. It is ideal for those looking to escape to an isolated, rugged shoreline. Dogs are allowed.Postcode: EX39 6DU. OS grid ref. SS 2250 2372. Nearest town: Bude

Porthbeor Beach in St Anthony, South Cornwall is a dog friendly beach of long sand and shingle with rock pools. Five to ten minutes hike from the road, or a bracing 30-min walk along the coastal path from St Anthony, it is out of the way and one of Cornwall’s less populated beaches. At low tide you can access a hidden cove to the north.Postcode: TR2 5EY. OS grid ref. SW 8627 3193. Nearest town: Falmouth

Source: RNLI, and Undiscovered Scotland

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