Beach Bliss: Camping on the Coast

With all the lovely weather we have been having lately, thoughts have turned to the good, old-fashioned British beach holiday. Fun for all the family is to be had on beaches all around the UK – sandcastles, ice-cream, rock pools and paddling or simply lounging with a picnic. Camping on the coast or even beach camping can give instant access to all these simple pleasures. Here are five of the best places around the UK to camp beside the seaside:


Devon has miles and miles of unspoiled coastline to explore and plenty of campsites to stay in while you do so. Broad swathes of the coast have been declared an area of outstanding natural beauty – what better place to enjoy the intersect of land and sea? Here you will find beautiful sandy beaches, historic sites, quaint fishing villages and walks across rolling sea-swept landscapes. You can be as active as you like, with many options for seafaring adventure or coastal relaxation.


Dorset's rugged Jurassic Coast has been designated a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It features many natural highlights, including Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. This 200 million year old coastline is perfect for those interested in geology, wildlife and outward bound adventure. This is a fantastic place to camp if you want a mixture of different coastal habitats to explore, or like to hunt fossils and shells on a lazy day beside the lapping waves.

Pembrokeshire, Wales:

This heritage coast in South West Wales is perfect for a quiet and relaxed holiday or weekend break. A delightful area for those who enjoy watching birds and other wildlife, Pembrokeshire and the islands off shore are perfect for puffins and seals. Wild Wales is perfect for kayaking or sailing adventures, but equally enjoyable for those looking for an uncrowded sandy beach on which to play. Historic sites also abound, making this a good area for family holidays with lots to see and do.


The Yorkshire coast offers everything from quaint, picturesque villages to the traditional British sea-side resort complete with buckets and spades, ice-creams and fish and chips. From sandy stretches to dramatic, Gothic cliffs, the Yorkshire coast has great variety. Good old-fashioned cheer is to be found around Scarborough, while further north around Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay the coast is rugged and exciting, with brisk, bracing winds blowing in off the North Sea.

Argyll, Scotland:

The crinkled West coast of Scotland is breathtakingly beautiful. Camp at one of the many coastal campsites here and gaze out to watch the sun setting over the western isles from one of the many white sandy beaches which you are likely to have almost all to yourself. So uncrowded and so unspoiled, the Scottish west coast may not be the warmest place for a beach camping holiday but it is certainly one of the most serene and awe-inspiring. There are many places to choose from along the dramatic coastlines and lining the many sea lochs that wind their way inland. The coast is the best place to camp in Scotland during the summer months – sea breezes will keep the dreaded biting midge at bay.