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Britain’s Beautiful Beaches

Are you one of those people who doesn’t know how to vacation anywhere other than the Balearic or Greek Islands? If so, you are missing out on the rest of the world. And though they may not make the cover of tourist brochures or be a favorite with mass tourism, there are also paradisiacal beaches in some of the cooler areas of the globe.

One such place is Britain. Yes, the land where it rains all day, of which we are only ever shown grey pictures, deserted beaches, and people in dark suits. But the reality is very different. Though it may well be true that London gets its share of rainfall being the capital of a country with rather cold average temperatures, it does get very warm there in the summer months, and especially in the daytime. And you don’t really need to go swimming at night now, do you?

There are two coasts in Great Britain worth noting for their beauty. First off is the Jurassic Coast, stretching from East Devon to East Dorset, in southern of England. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this 153 km long stretch of coast is characterized by its high cliffs and eventful geological history, both of which translate into breathtaking views over the English Channel. One of its better-known beaches is Durdle Door, popular for its natural beauty and its limestone arch that doesn’t leave anyone cold. Lulworth Cove, a small seashell-shaped bay, and the White Cliffs of Dover, towering up to 110 meters over the ocean, are some other popular spots.

Durdle Door

Durdle Door

Our second pick is the Scottish coast. Scotland is heaven for nature lovers, and for bird watchers, in particular. The best way to explore it is by foot, as there are literally thousands of hiking routes and trails for all levels of experience, from advanced to easy, for families and groups of friends alike. It’s also worth noting that some places are just not reachable by car, as the topography of Scotland’s coast varies sharply: rocky coasts, haunted castles, and small isles with their own endemic flora and fauna.

Any picks in particular? Glad you asked! The Orkney Islands are starting to get some of the attention they deserve. Located off the northern coast of Great Britain, this archipelago boasts some of Britain’s most idyllic beaches, as well as unique prehistoric sites like that of the Ring of Brodgar. And you won’t have to worry about transport because it’s easily reachable by ferry. But if you’d rather get around by car, then the coast of Angus, North of Dundee, might be the thing for you. It’s a great place for horseback riding along the shore, and a perfect destination if traveling with children.

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Orkney Islands

And that being said, why don’t you take the plunge and change your summer destination. Try new atypical places with fewer tourists and more locals. Who’s up for it?