OFF THE RADAR: The UK’s Instagrammable Secret Beaches Revealed

Coves Haven Beach in Holy Island is the most remote secret beach to visit

After months at home, and with lockdown restrictions lifting slowly, we are all dreaming of a much-needed break in the British sunshine. One in four Brits are ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to go on holiday in the UK this summer, according to a report released by ONS.

But how do you choose where to go without facing crowded beaches? sought to discover the UK’s hidden gems by finding the least tagged beaches on Instagram – making it an easy way to social distance.

By collecting the number of hashtags, they identified the UK’s most stunning secret escapes for your holidays.

  1. Drigg, Lake District – England
  2. Traeth Llyfn, Pembrokeshire – Wales
  3. Traeth Bychan Beach, Anglesey – Wales
  4. Traeth Mawr, Glamorgan – Wales
  5. Fidden, Isle of Mull – Scotland
  6. Langamull Beach, Isle of Mull – Scotland
  7. Speke’s Mill Mouth, Devon – England
  8. Rumbling Kern, Northumberland – England
  9. Porthbeor, Cornwall – England
  10. Porthbeor, Cornwall – England
  11. Gammons Head Beach, Devon – England
  12. Sinclairs Bay, Highland – Scotland
  13. Sinclairs Bay, Highland – Scotland
  14. West Voe, Shetland Islands – England
  15. Shepherd’s Chine, Isle of Wight – England
  16. Strathy Bay, Highland – Scotland
  17. Coves Haven, Holy Island – England

The Highlights:

The stunning Coves Haven beach topped the list with only four hashtags. The high sand dunes and steep cliffs provide a beautiful view of Holy Island’s coast. If you’re lucky enough to visit this secluded paradise, at low tide you will be greeted by glistening rock pools.

The 27 hashtags make the award-winning Strathy Bay in the Scottish Highlands even more unique. The beach has the River Strathy on one side and the north coast’s spectacular cliffs on the other side, making it unsurprising when it was nominated as one of Scotland’s best beaches in 2019.

Make room for another award-winning gem: Rumbling Kern with 244 hashtags. This secret beach is hidden behind cliffs that face inland from the sea, making it ideal for a peaceful gateway.

Renowned for its waterfalls and fells, The Lake District houses breathtaking spots on its coastline. Drigg is definitely a rare find and the most popular of the least tagged beaches, garnering 658 hashtags.