Sand-tastic top ten most desirable Brit staycation beaches

Which beach is best?

As more areas across the country are experiencing tighter controls and lockdown due to COVID-19 thoughts are beginning to turn to the best places to make a getaway when restrictions ease.

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New research

New research conducted by reveals the most appealing beaches across Britain based on water quality, visible pollution, and the number of Instagram snaps.

From all beaches surveyed Whitesands in Wales (Pictured top) has been crowned as the most desirable beach.

Barmouth Beach in Wales

This top beach is closely followed by Barmouth in Wales and Montrose in Scotland taking second and third spot respectively.

Montrose Beach in Scotland

With staycations on the up, many Brits will be planning trips to various coastal spots across the country – but which beaches are best to visit for a slice of paradise?

Where do you find the best beaches

The website has analysed water quality, visible pollution, and the number of Instagram snaps (because you only share a post on Insta if it’s picture-perfect, right?).

This is across 593 beaches in England, Scotland and Wales to ultimately reveal the top ten most desirable spots.

Having collated the data, then analysed the findings and ranked the results accordingly to unveil the top coastal spots.

It’s no surprise that the stunning Whitesands in Wales takes the top spot as the most appealing beach, having received the score of ‘excellent’ on water quality as well as only having ten percent visible pollution and a total of 10,413 Instagram snaps.

With its golden sands and reputation as one of the finest surfing beaches in the country, Whitesands was also granted a Blue Flag Award in 2019.

The top ten most appealing beaches are ...

1 Wales – Whitesands2 Wales, Barmouth3 Scotland, Montrose4 Wales, Newgale5 England, Seagrove6 Wales, Harlech7 Wales, Rhosneigr8 England, Formby9 Wales, Castle Beach, Tenby10 Scotland, Seacliff

Other top spots include Borth in Wales, West Wittering in England, and Benllech in Wales.

A word from the manager

Commenting on the findings, Campaigns Manager at, Shannon Keary, said: “Here in the UK we have some pretty beautiful beaches, therefore we conducted this research to determine which spots are the best to visit due to having excellent water quality, minimal pollution and various posts on Instagram – as we only post pleasing scenery pictures! It’s interesting to see which beaches are the most appealing, with the majority situated in Wales.

“As many Britons will be avoiding taking trips abroad this summer, most will be planning trips to the beach instead whether that’s for a nice long break or a day of fun.

"Therefore, we hope our research will help people decide which beach to visit for a slice of paradise, which we all need right now.”

Do your own search

To search the top beaches across the nation visit the website.

Map showing Britain's best beaches