Swimming on holiday

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swimming on holiday

The UK is abundant with beautiful places to enjoy a refreshing swim, from a Scottish loch to a stunning beach on the south coast of England. You can even take a dip in some of the UK's Rivers and ponds or if wild swimming isn't for you why not find a local lido and enjoy swimming outdoors but not so close to nature. You could also discover a wonderful self-catering country cottage with swimming pool in locations in the UK and Ireland. Swimming pool cottages are wonderful for extra dimension they bring to a holiday. Ireland also boasts a wide collection of fantastic beaches for you to take a dip although with any of our popular suggestions for swimming in the UK and Ireland we cannot confirm that any of the water will be warm!

The most popular places to enjoy a cooling dip are beaches and coves along the coast. The sea has always been a fun and enjoyable place to take a swim and many families looking for a self-catering country cottage holiday destination that has a safe and clean beach nearby for the whole family to enjoy.


Best beaches in the UK and Ireland for swimming


Blackpool Sands in Devon is a mile long stretch of sand and shingle set beside steep wooded cliffs. This fantastic beach has been awarded the blue flag, providing you with the most well known and recognisable sign that this beach is clean and safe. Boasting clear, blue waters for a gentle swim or an intense work out as well as lovely shallow waters for anyone just looking to paddle, this beach can accommodate all kinds of swimmers. There is even a bathing raft, a floating dock with a ladder, for visitors to enjoy in the summer months. The Subtropical garden close by and delicious cafe are also great benefits to this fantastic beach in south England.

Studland Bay in Purbeck in the county of Dorset, also in southern England is our second swimming beach. The beach is family friendly with a 3 mile stretch of soft golden sand that is actually National Trust owned. Although there are no lifeguards you will feel safe and sound on this beautiful beach but be careful of the small section that is allocated for naturists!

Aberdour Silver Sands in Fife Scotland is another brilliant beach to enjoy a refreshing dip, this blue flag awarded beach is the most popular and attractive beach found on the Fife coast because of its beautiful refreshing sea and peaceful surrounding countryside. The stunning sandy beach and spectacular views are also an added bonus!

Druridge Bay in Northumberland is another great swimming beach, set in the most unpopulated and wildest of English coastline, this wonderful beach boats 40 hectares of family friendly golden sands as well as the Druridge Country park close by. Be warned however the north sea is not known for its warmth!

Moving on we have Southern down in Glamorgan, Wales. With 750 miles of coastline its no wonder that Wales is brimming with fantastic beaches but here are some of the best for swimming. Southerndown has the second highest coastal range in the world at 15m making this a huge beach when the tide is out. On the other hand when the tide is in this wonderful beach consists of sand and shingle. Popular for swimming for many years with regular patrolling lifeguards in the summer you are sure to enjoy a fantastic dip at Southerndown. The beach is also popular for surfing so make sure you watch where your swimming. Dunraven Gardens can also be found nearby once you've dried off.

Barmouth beach found in Snowdonia National Park, Wales is also a fantastic swimming option. An excellent place to visit with the whole family, Barmouth has a traditional feel and is flanked by the beautiful sights of Snowdonia National Park. Dramatic views of the mountains and landscape can be viewed from the water so you may get more than you bargained for when enjoying a refreshing swim, just make sure you turn back to the beach to take in the spectacular sights. Acres of golden sand and Blue Flag quality standards will also make your visit even more special. Plenty of cafes can also be found for you to enjoy a light before hitting the beach again for a dip.

Tyrella in county Down in Northern Ireland is also a recognisable swimming beach, with lifeguards in the summer months, a wide flat sandy beach and both a blue flag and seaside award, this spectacular beach is sure to meet your swimming needs. The beach and conservation area even backs onto a beautiful dune complex within Dundrum Bay. You can be assured that with so many awards this fantastic beach boasts clean water and excellent quality standards.

Moving back over to Britain we can find Woolacombe Sands in Devon. Another Blue Flag awarded beach with 3 miles worth of golden sands, beautiful opportunities for a coastal stroll and great family facilities this beach is fantastic for taking a refreshing paddle or dip in the Bristol Channel. You can even find great surfing here so watch out for those boards whilst your enjoying a swim and you can also find lifeguards patrolling in the summer months.

Back up to the north in Scotland we have West Sands in St. Andrews. Named the 'Chariots of Fire' beach which is also one of three belonging to this fantastic university town. Blue Flag awarded with spectacular sand dunes, clean, clear water and breathtaking views this beach is impressive if you're looking to take a coastal dip, just watch out for the shelved sand as you enter the water, its steep increase may give you a bit of a shock.

Mundesley beach in Norfolk is of course another sandy Blue Flag awarded beach. When the tide is out you can find a perfect flat bed of sand and beautiful water for paddling, as well as wonderful tidal pools. Fantastic walkways on the cliff tops and pretty cliff top gardens are also a great bonus.


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If you are choosing to focus your search for a country cottage holiday location on Ireland then you may choose to spend your holiday close by to one of these beautiful swimming beaches:

Curracloe, Wrexford
Dunmore East, Waterford
Banna, Ardfert, Kerry
Stradbally Cove, Waterford
Narin,Portnoo, Donegal
Dog's Bay, Connemara, Galway
Kells, Cahirciveen, Kerry
Old Head, Louisburgh, Mayo
Tra an Doilin, Carracoe, Galway
Ballymastocker, Portsalon, Donegal
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