Get Outdoors For Summer: Best Beaches


Summer is with us at long last and now’s the perfect time to enjoy the stress-free and (sometimes) sun-filled environment of the natural world.

To help you get the most out of your adventures and encourage families to share mini-expeditions, we’d like to offer our brand new guide: Get Outdoors For Summer.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing details of wonderful walks, daring destinations and a variety of action-packed activities.

And today we kick off with . . . Our Best Beaches.

Vatersay Bay

Located on the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, in the summer this beach is surrounded by machair grasses and a kaleidoscope of wild flowers.

On a hot day the water is irresistible, while there are many sheltered spots in the high dunes for picnics.

The quality of its white sands and aquamarine water makes this Scottish haven look more like a Caribbean beach.

Woolacombe Beach

Made up of several miles of golden sand, Woolacombe beach in North Devon is in the heart of an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s also the perfect place for anyone who wants to try watersports, such as surfing or sea kayaking.

The sheer length of the beach means you can find quieter places in the surf even at the height of the summer holidays.

Portstewart Strand

Located on the northern Atlantic coastline in County Londonderry and known by locals simply as The Strand, this beach boasts the European Blue Flag award for its high water quality and dune management system.

It’s especially popular with families in the summer months, who come to explore its many meandering walks – get ready for great exercise and that fresh sea breeze!

Rhossili Beach

Multi-award winning and voted the best beach in Wales last year, Rhossili in Gower boasts three miles of golden sands. Watersports are very popular, especially surfing thanks to the strong Atlantic swell.

Walkers on this part of the popular Gower Coast Path often spy basking seals or dolphins surfing in the waves.

For more great ideas to Get Outdoors This Summer be sure to visit The Green Room.