23 July, 2018
Last updated on 11 March, 2022
Posted by Spaceships Crew
Dreaming about gorgeous white, sandy beaches, off the beaten track from other tourists? You don’t have to fly to the Caribbean for that, these beaches are just around the corner, one short drive away. Get your Spaceship and discover the hidden gems of beaches in the UK, camp at amazing spots and drive further than any train or bus could ever take you.
While looking for the hidden beaches in the UK, your Spaceship will be the perfect companion to discover, explore and simply go on the adventure of your lifetime.
When driving through the UK, there is so much to discover beyond London and the generic spots everyone is going to. So, take your home with you, be sustainable and get ready to be amazed.
Pedn Vounder Beach in Treen/Cornwall
The first hidden gem is Pedn Vounder Beach in Treen/Cornwall. This beach is at the South end of the Penwith Peninsula in Cornwall and can be reached either by boat or a short walk. Pictures don’t even do the beauty of this beach justice. It is definitely a bucket list stop!
Is this the most beautiful hidden beach in the UK? Pedn Vounder | image: Robert Pittman (Flickr)
Pedn Vounder Beach, Cornwall
The second hidden beach in the UK, Kynance Cove, is almost more beautiful than the first one with its crystal clear waters and white sands. It’s located at the South end of the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall so just about an hour drive from the first amazing beach in Cornwall.
It’s a short 10-minute walk to this absolute gem and at low tide, you can explore the surrounding rocks and caves.
Rock Pools at Kynance Cove, Cornwall
It seems like Cornwall wants to show off with another stunning beach called Chapel Porth. It’s located on the North coast of Cornwall close to St. Agnes and the short walk down to the beach gives stunning views of this hidden beach and the UK coastline.
Close to Chapel Porth are three other great beaches including; Trevellas Porth, which is a beautiful spot for fishing and snorkelling.
Chapel Porth Beach, Cornwall
Not just Cornwall has amazing beaches, many other places in the UK have hidden beaches, too! One stunning example is; Broadsands Beach on the Exmoor Coast close to Devon.
It’s located between Paignton and Brixham and has easy access to the main car park and is very inviting and safe for swimming in the amazing blue water.
Broadsands Beach, Devon
A little bit wilder but still stunning is the Watcombe Bay on the Isle of Wight close to Afton in the South of England. It is only accessible by foot but the short climb is so worth it!
Visit this beach at low tide and you can explore the surrounding coves for stunning photos and views.
Scolt Head Island in Norfolk is part of a remote National Park and is a must see off the beaten track hidden beach in the UK.
The island is located between Brancaster and Wells-next-the-Sea and can be accessed by a ferry.
Scolt Head Island, Norfolk
Not far from the amazing Island above is the equally stunning Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve. It’s located close to Skegness in Lincolnshire.
The beach is part of a 3-mile stretch combined of dunes, marshes and lagoons.
Gibraltar Point, Lincolnshire
Runswick Bay in North Yorkshire is another stunning example of a hidden UK beach and the best thing is, it has camper van parking spaces so you can hang out on the beach during the day, sunbath, swim, cook your dinner then sleep with the sound of the waves crashing around you.
The beach is located close to Whitby which is also worth a visit.
Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire
Another lovely beach in North Yorkshire is Cattersty Sands close to Skinningrove.
Cattersty Sands, Skinningrove
Going to Wales there are two beaches worth a visit. One of them is Porthdinllaen in North Wales on the Llŷn Peninsula. It is close to the little town of Porthdinllaen with local amenities such as; a pub and a quaint convenience store. It offers stunning views across Yr Eifl and Snowdonia.
Porthdinllaen, Llŷn Peninsula
The second beach is Marloes Sands located in Pembrokeshire/Wales. It’s a remote beach which invites you to swim or walk along the beach enjoying views of Skokholm and Gateholm Island.
There is a car park nearby and this gem of a beach is only a few minutes away from that car park.
Marloes Sands, Pembrokeshire
Have you ever dreamt of visiting the Whitsunday Islands in Australia? No need to travel that far, just visit the Luskentyre Beach on the Isle of Harris in Scotland.
Wide stretched sandy beaches, crystal clear water and views that don’t get any better. This is most definitely one of THE bucket list of hidden beaches in the UK and a must-see.
Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris
So you thought it couldn’t get better than this, well it actually can! Go to the Isle of Eigg in Scotland and visit Camas Sgiotaig, which is also known as “singing sands.”
With the right temperature, the right level of humidity and the right side of the sand grains, the sands will start to sing if you shuffle across them with your bare feet.
To visit this stunning beach you need to plan a day trip from Arisaig, the Scottish mainland.
Singing Sands, Isle of Eigg
There is one more hidden gem to find in Scotland which is Mellon Udrigle Beach close to the town of Mellon Udrigle in the Highlands of Scotland. It offers stunning views onto the water and the surrounding Highlands. It also has a stunning stretch of white sand.
This gem can compete easily with the other two named beaches in Scotland because of the beach itself, the water and the location. If you have the time, go and visit all three of these amazing beaches up in Scotland.
Singing Sands Isle of Eigg | photo: Sarahluv (Flickr)
Mellon Udrigle Beach, Scotland
These beaches are a fine selection of the best-hidden gems around the UK but there are many more lovely beaches to find. If you find a beach which you think is missing on this list, give us a shout so others can also explore and enjoy the stunning hidden beaches in the UK.