In pictures: ten of the best beaches in the UK

With ‘summer’ on the horizon it’s time to explore some of Britain’s top coastal gems

British holidaymakers may look to Europe’s costas and rivieras for their next beach break this summer. But despite our suspect weather, here in the UK you can also find some spectacular coastal gems. This “little island in the Atlantic has some big beach game”, said Rough Guides. With hundreds of great destinations to choose from, we travel from West Sussex in southern England to Scotland’s Outer Hebrides to pick out some of the UK’s most beautiful beaches to visit.

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Mike Starling is the digital features editor at The Week, where he writes content and edits the Arts & Life and Sport website sections and the Food & Drink and Travel newsletters. He started his career in 2001 in Gloucestershire as a sports reporter and sub-editor and has held various roles as a writer and editor at news, travel and B2B publications. He has spoken at a number of sports business conferences and also worked as a consultant creating sports travel content for tourism boards. International experience includes spells living and working in Dubai, UAE; Brisbane, Australia; and Beirut, Lebanon.