Tropical islands and bright and bold destinations are all well and good, but sometimes, the most surprising places are found where you’d least expect them. The UK has a coastline of around 11,000 miles (depending on who you listen to), and that includes a lot of incredible beaches! Whether they’re sweeping sands or pretty pebbles, backed by dramatic cliffs or woodland pines, British beaches are beautiful. And while the UK may not have the kind of weather that allows year-round sunbathing, in the Summer months you won’t have to go far to find somewhere to lay your towel. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite UK beaches, from surfing meccas in Cornwall to secret finds in the highlands of Scotland. Whether you want to sunbathe, hike, or even watch a play, these UK vacation destinations have you covered. What are you waiting for, grab your bucket and shovel (and your waterproof) and get ready for an adventure!