15 of the best quiet beaches in the British Isles

15 of the best quiet beaches in the british isles

Tor Bay, Gower

When the tide is low, it’s easy to access this beautiful beach via Three Cliffs Bay; when the tide is high, clambering down the footpath is the only option, so, despite being in the popular south Gower, this sandy stretch is virtually empty when others are bustling. The nearest car park is in Penmaen village, a 20-minute walk away. There are no facilities or lifeguards, but for experienced surfers there can be good waves from mid to high tide. • The Oxwich Bay Hotel offers Secret Garden pods for 2 from £79 a night in summer; other accommodation options include hotel rooms, caravans and cottages, oxwichbayhotel.co.uk

Murlough Bay, County Antrim

Murlough Bay. Photograph: Jason Friend/Getty Images

Though renowned for its natural beauty, Murlough Bay remains quiet as it can only be reached by a steep, single lane road too narrow for buses. There is, however, a small car park at the top of the hill, where cows and sheep might also roam. Hugged by lush, green hills, with views to Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre beyond, the beach is breathtaking. Explore the surrounding ruins, both prehistoric and modern – the bay has a captivating history…

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