Spectacular Seaside Destinations for Your Post-Pandemic Bucket List
If the coronavirus crisis has taught us one thing, it’s that we must seize every opportunity to enjoy life and do the things we want to do. For many, this will include visiting the seaside as soon as this lockdown ends.
Luckily, we have a spectacular coastline in this country. With so many wonderful seaside destinations to visit it’s difficult to narrow down a selection, but these astounding locations certainly deserve their place on the post-pandemic bucket list.
Luskentyre Sands, Isle of Harris
Located on the west coast of the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, Luskentyre is one of Scotland’s most spectacular beaches. With its bright white sand and clear turquoise water, it looks more like the Caribbean than the far north of the British Isles. It’s a picture-perfect bucket list destination that is well worth a pilgrimage once this crisis is over.
Pembrokeshire Coast Path
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a spectacular 186-mile trail, which twists and turns its way through some of Britain’s most breathtaking coastal scenery. Characterised by high cliffs, rugged headlands, hidden coves and wide-open beaches, the Pembrokeshire coast boasts some of the best sea views in Wales. Holiday hotspots in the area include St Davids, Saundersfoot and Tenby, which is famous for its colourful seaside houses.
The Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall
The Cornish coastline has so many breathtaking sea views. But the lesser-known Lizard Peninsula earns its place on the bucket list because of its unique coastal scenery and laid-back character. Occupying the most southerly point in mainland Britain, The Lizard has exceptional coastal scenery that has been an inspiration for artists and writers for centuries. The stunning rock formations of Kynance Cove, the Lizard Lighthouse and the fishing cove of Cadgwith are just some of the area’s must-see attractions. Check out Lizard village and Mullion for coastal cottages and sea view holiday homes.
Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire
As one of the jewels of the Yorkshire coastline, this small fishing village is a surefire bucket list destination. Close to both Whitby and Scarborough, the coastal scenery around Robin Hood’s Bay is simply stunning. It’s a great area for walking sections of the Cleveland Way coastal trail and a beautiful place for a seaside holiday close to Yorkshire’s key attractions and dramatic countryside.
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Island
Sandwiched between the wild Atlantic Ocean and towering cliffs, is this impressive UNESCO Heritage Site and one of Northern Ireland‘s most popular natural attractions. It’s a fascinating geological wonder of basalt stone columns created by volcanic eruptions over 60 million years ago. The geometric formations look like they have been chiselled from the rock to create a surreal sight worthy of the myth and legend connected with the Causeway. Holiday accommodation can be found just along the coast at Portrush.
Valley of the Rocks, North Devon
There are few places quite like the Valley of the Rocks. It’s a dry U-shaped valley wedged between rolling hills and towering rock formations on the North Devon coast. As part of Exmoor National Park, it’s an outstanding area for sensational sea views and coastal adventures. The best places to stay nearby are Lynton, Lynmouth and Ilfracombe.
The English Riviera, Devon
The English Riviera is one of the UK’s most popular areas for holidaymakers. The area covers the beautiful beaches of Torbay and seaside towns of Torquay, Brixham and Paignton on the South Devon coast. Famous for its mild climate and long hours of sunshine, the English Riviera is ideal for summer holidays and perfect for exploring local beaches and coastline. There are amazing sea views along the bay, including sensational vistas at Berry Head promontory and Churston Point.
Durdle Door, Dorset
The Jurassic Coast is famous for its rugged cliffs, fossil-littered beaches and dramatic rock formations. But one of the finest views can be found at Durdle Door, where a delicate rock arch reaches into the sea. Located near Lulworth Cove in Dorset, the arch is one of the south coast’s iconic beauty spots which must surely be on many people’s bucket list. It’s a strenuous but rewarding walk from the closest car parks, which are easily accessible from the seaside towns of Weymouth and Swanage.
Seven Sisters, East Sussex
The Seven Sisters is a stretch of awe-inspiring white chalk cliffs on the East Sussex coast near Eastbourne. As one of the country’s best-loved landscapes, it’s a natural choice for the post-pandemic bucket list. The area’s white cliffs are formed where the hard chalk hills of the South Downs come to an abrupt end at the English Channel. People flock to the area all-year-round for dramatic sea views, as well as seaside attractions in nearby coastal towns.