Best UK beaches to visit with a campervan# Itineraries
Ocean air, salty hair, take me there! If you’re looking forward to a nice holiday at the beach with your campervan but don’t know where to go, search no more. We’ve collected the best UK beaches to visit, including campsites nearby. Destinations, perfect for families, surfing or enjoying time with your four-legged friend – we go it all.
Best UK beaches to visit in England, Scotland and Wales
Who could say no to a holiday at the beach? And the best thing is, you don’t have to fly across the globe to enjoy long white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and the sound of soft waves while sunbathing. You can simply rent a campervan, enjoy the British countryside and discover the most beautiful beaches right at home!
With our top 14 UK beaches to visit we’re taking you from England and Wales to Scotland and we’re sure by the time you finished reading, you’re planning your beach holiday for next summer. So let’s go!
1. Isle of Harris, Luskentyre Beach
Number one of our best UK beaches to visit will make you feel like you’re standing at the famous Whitehaven Beach in Australia! When you’re at Luskentyre Beach you can nearly forget that you’re in Scotland. Turquoise water trails through the incredible white sand beach which is surrounded by the rolling hills of the Scottish countryside on this island. A true paradise, nearly out of this world! The beach has even been used as a filming location for the world-famous movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
You can either get to Luskentyre Beach via the Isle of Skye, which is connected with the mainland through a car bridge. From the Isle of Skye, the ferry is leaving twice per day from Uig to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris. Or you could take the ferry from Ullapool on the mainland, which is also leaving twice per day. The ferry ride itself takes about two hours and 30 minutes.
Campsite near Luskentyre Beach
The Minch View campsite is listed by the Camping and Caravanning Club and is a 24-minute drive from Luskentyre Beach. It offers hardstanding and grass pitches with an electric hook-up, pets are welcome and there is a designated dog walk available. The well-sheltered site also offers wifi as well as battery charging facilities.
2. Cornwall, Widemouth Bay Beach
Cornwall on England’s rugged southwestern tip is famous for its beautiful beaches and there are not only one but four beaches for your next holiday in this area. But let’s get started with the first one: Widemouth Bay Beach.
The open bay is popular with families and surfers and has some awesome rock pools to discover at low tide. It’s the perfect beach for beginner surfers with lots of local surf schools around and dogs are welcome all year round on the southern section of the beach.
Campsite near Widemouth Bay Beach
The Bude Camping and Caravanning Club Site is only a few miles from Widemouth Bay Beach and offers grass pitches with electric hook-ups as well as hardstanding pitches. Dogs are welcome, there is a children’s play area as well as facilities for the disposal of grey water and a CDP. You’ll find water points around the site for fresh water.
3. Cornwall, Sennen Cove Beach
Head down the hill from Sennen and it’s not long before your view is full of sea and sunshine. Sennen Cove is a beautiful white sand beach with deep blue water and top-rated surfing conditions as well as flagged areas for safe bathing. It is one of the most breathtaking locations in the UK and definitely worth a visit. There is also a lookout point at Sennen Cove that offers a spectacular view.
Campsite near Sennen Cove Beach
The tranquil Sennen Cove Camping and Caravanning Club Site offers 72 pitches, hardstanding or grass, with electric hook-ups. During high season, a fish and chip van visits the site twice and there is a farmers’ market every Tuesday at Sennen Village Hall. Next to a Motorhome service point, the campsite also has a children’s play area and dogs are welcome.
4. Best UK beaches to visit – Cornwall, Carne Beach
Situated on the beautiful Roseland Peninsula you will find Carne Beach. It is popular with families and dog-friendly all year round. If the conditions are right, you can even surf. Carne Beach is owned by the National Trust and offers a wide sandy beach with excellent views over Gerrans Bay.
Campsite near Carne Beach
The Veryan Camping and Caravanning Club Site is located on the Roseland Peninsula and is blessed with some stunning views across the peninsula’s rolling countryside. As always, you can choose between a grass pitch with an electric hook-up or a hardstanding pitch with an electric hook-up, however, most pitches are sloping and chocks will be required. The campsite also offers a Motorhome Service point, dogs are welcome and there is a children’s play area.
5. Cornwall, Perranporth Beach
Before we’re leaving the beautiful Cornwall countryside, Perranporth Beach is definitely one of the best UK beaches to visit. It is great for snorkeling, sailing, surfing and splashing around. Here you will find golden sand surrounded by sand dunes, rolling hills and bright blue water. Perranporth Beach is also very spacious so you will find a spot for yourself for sure – even in summer.
If you’re taking your dog to the beach, you should be aware that dogs must be kept on leads between July and August, 9 am to 5 pm.
6. Best UK beaches to visit – North Yorkshire, Whitby Beaches
Whitby is a seaside town in Yorkshire, northern England, split by the River Esk and offers several beach areas that are great for a summer holiday with a campervan. Sandsend Beach is very clean and perfect for families. Dogs are welcome but restrictions apply between May to September.
Whitby West Cliff Beach is a large sandy beach that reaches from the mouth of the River Esk to Upgang Beach and lies on the northern edge of Whitby Town. Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted between May and September.
Campsite near Whitby
The Scarborough Camping and Caravanning Club Site is ideal for exploring Yorkshire’s dramatic coastline. Pets are welcome at the campsite and there is a children’s play area as well as a Motorhome service point. Grass and hardstanding pitches with an electric hook-up are available.
7. Norfolk, Brancaster Beach
If you’re looking for flat, golden, and unspoilt sand with miles and miles of beach, Brancaster Beach is your choice. It is popular for windsurfing and kite surfing and great for families. Brancaster Beach is owned by the National Trust and was named “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. Also, it is one of the best dog-friendly beaches in Norfolk.
Campsite near Brancaster Beach
The Sandringham Camping and Caravanning Club Site is set within the grounds of the Royal Estate in Norfolk. With many pitches set among trees, you will love the tranquillity offered by this woodland site. As per usual, you can choose between grass and hardstanding pitches, including an electric hook-up.
Dogs are welcome, however, you are advised to be vigilant when walking your pets in any woodland, especially between the months of August and November, due to the “Seasonal Canine illness“.
8. Best UK beaches to visit – Devon, Blackpool Sands
Let’s move on to Devon as Blackpool Sands is also one of the best UK beaches to visit with a campervan. If you fancy all the atmosphere and the excitement of a holiday abroad, but without actually breaking out the passports, then get yourself down to Blackpool Sands Beach.
It is located in a sheltered bay, surrounded by lush green nature, and the beach offers golden sand, very clean water with a mesmerizing emerald green colour. Please note, dogs are not allowed at Blackpool Sands from May to October.
Campsite near Blackpool Sands
The Dartmouth Camping and Caravanning Club Site offers spacious pitches and Blackpool Sands is within walking distance. There is a Motorhome service point at the campsite, dogs are welcome and kids can enjoy the children’s play area. You can choose between either a grass pitch or a hardstanding pitches, including an electric hook-up.
9. Hampshire, East Head Beach
East Head Beach is a sand spit on the eastern side of the entrance to Chichester Harbour and is considered one of the best beaches in West Sussex. The beach is surrounded by sand dunes and salt marshes which provide habitat for many rare species of plant and animal life, which makes this location perfect for wildlife spotting.
Please note: there is no car park at the beach, however, the West Wittering Estate car park offers space. Dogs are welcome but you must keep them on a lead in order to keep the breeding birds safe.
Campsite near East Head Beach
Welcome to the Chichester Camping and Caravanning Club Site. Chichester is a small, welcoming campsite. Once an orchard it is now a great base to stay when exploring the numerous attractions for all of the family. You can choose between hardstanding and grass pitches, including an electric hook-up, dogs are welcome and there is a children’s play area. However, please note that the site cannot accept units over 8m long.
10. Highlands, Rosemarkie Beach
Scotland is famous for its majestic mountains, mystical lakes and rugged coast, but did you consider it as a beach holiday destination? If not, we’ll persuade you! Next to Luskentyre Beach, Rosemarkie Beach is also worth a stop on our “Best UK beaches to visit” tour through Scotland. It is located on the scenic peninsula known as Black Isle and offers a long stretch of sandy beach, reaching into the mouth of the Moray Firth.
It is not just a great place to relax and unwind, but also to spot dolphins! Yup, dolphins in Scotland. You’ve read that right. Check out our European wildlife travel index for more wildlife spotting across Europe.
Campsite near Rosemarkie Beach
The Rosemarkie Camping and Caravanning Club Site sits right on the edge of a half-moon bay, flanked by hills and woodland on one side and the stunning Moray Firth on the other. As per usual, grass pitches with an electric hook-up and hardstanding pitches with an electric hook-up are available, dogs are welcome and there’s a children’s play area.
11. West Highlands, Firemore Beach
Firemore Beach is a beautiful red-hued sandy beach near Poolewe and as the gulf stream runs close by the water is warmer. The beach itself is in a rural location and is surrounded by soft green rolling hills. At low tide, it is possible to walk to the tiny rock and sand island of Ewe in front of the beach. Check the tide times before going, so you won’t be caught in the high tide.
Campsite near Firemore Beach
If you’re looking for a campsite with stunning sea views, magnificent sunsets and brisk walks the St David’s Camping and Caravanning Club Site could be for you. There are grass and hardstanding pitches, including an electric hook-up, available, dogs are welcome and there is a children’s play area. Please note that all pitches are sloping so chocks will be needed.
12. Ayrshire, Culzean Beach
Ayrshire is a historic county, located on the shores of the Firth of Clyde, and Culzean Beach is one of its big highlights. Why? The secluded beach itself is nestled under the spectacular Culzean Castle and what could be better than a beach day combined with visiting a beautiful castle? Culzean Beach also offers great options for rockpooling at low tide.
Campsite near Culzean Beach
The Culzean Castle Camping and Caravanning Club Site offers a stay right on the grounds of the beautiful castle. It probably won’t get any better than that. The campsite offers a Motorhome service point, grass and hardstanding pitches, including an electric hook-up, dogs are allowed and there is a children’s play area.
13. Best UK beaches to visit – Wales, New Quay Beaches
The last two spots of our “best UK beaches to visit” tour are located in lovely Wales. New Quay, not to be confused with Newquay, is a seaside town in Ceredigion. There are two beaches that stand out in New Quay, which are Harbour Beach and Dolau Beach. Harbour Beach is tucked below the sloping terraces of the village and offers clean and clear waters as well as a designated swimming area.
Dolau Beach is below the cliffs on the other side of the harbour wall. Bring your four-legged friend because dogs are allowed all year long at Dolau Beach.
Campsite near New Quay
The coves and beaches of west Wales are easily explored from the Cardigan Bay Camping and Caravanning Club Site in Ceredigion and the area is a nature-lovers paradise and has plenty of attractions for families. Find a shop as well as a Motorhome service point at this campsite. Pets are welcome and as per usual, there is a children’s play area to entertain the kids.
14. West Wales, Abereiddy Bay
Abereiddy Bay is famous for its dark sand full of tiny fossils. It is nestled in a sheltered bay and is one of Pembrokeshire’s pebble black storm beaches. One highlight is the so-called blue lagoon north of the beach. It is an old quarry filled with ocean water and has a distinctive deep blue hue. The blue lagoon is a popular spot for rock climbers and even if you don’t want to do some climbing it is still exciting to watch.
Campsite near Abereiddy Beach
If you’re looking for a campsite with stunning sea views, magnificent sunsets and brisk walks the St David’s Camping and Caravanning Club Site could be for you. There are 40 pitches overlooking the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast. The campsite offers grass and hardstanding pitches, including an electric hook-up and dogs are very welcome. Please note: all pitches are sloping so chocks will be needed
And that’s it! Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed our top 14 beaches to visit in the UK. With these destinations, we’re sure you will have a splendid holiday in the upcoming year! And of course, you can rent a Motorhome for your beach holiday at PaulCamper: