Kick-starting the list is a county that needs no introduction. Known as the English Riviera, Devon has no shortage of stunning beaches, idyllic coastal villages, and towering cliffs. Hop on the South West Coast Path to learn of the fishermen, coastguards and smugglers who helped shape this region. The 630-mile trail has been ranked as one of the best hikes in the world by Lonely Planet (2023).
The clue is in the title with this one. Spanning from Berwick-upon-Tweed to the Coquet Estuary, Northumberland Coast AONB is packed with exciting things to do. Breathe in the fresh sea air as you explore an impressive fortress at Bamburgh Castle, eat your way ‘round the charming cafes and pubs on Holy Island or visit the grey seals and seabirds of Farne Island.
Located next to one of the seven wonders of Ireland is Bushmills, a small village on the north coast of Northern Ireland. Bushmills is the closest town to the world-famous Giant’s Causeway which has been a World Heritage Site since 1986. As well as checking out the epic natural rock formation, make sure to visit Benone beach, Old Bushmills Distillery and the real-life Seat of House Greyjoy, Dunluce Castle, which doubled as the Castle of Pyke in Game of Thrones.
The Mourne Mountains are home to quaint towns, ancient forests, grand stately homes, and breathtaking scenery. Often referred to as one of the most picturesque mountain districts in Ireland it is home to twelve peaks including Northern Ireland’s highest mountain, Slieve Donard (850m). In addition to this, you’re also spoilt for choice with glorious beaches and dunes like Murlough Beach.
Tucked away on the North Coast 500 route, Achmelvich Beach is a popular destination for caravanners. A white sandy beach leads to a nature lovers’ paradise where dolphins, porpoises and even the occasional minke whale have been spotted.
Known for being the home of golf, St Andrews is certainly one to add to your coastal caravan trips bucket list. Discover the fascinating history as you explore the castle and striking cathedral, unearth a former nuclear command centre at Scotland’s Secret Bunker or stroll along the golden sandy beach. Movie buffs may recognise West Sands Beach in St Andrews from the iconic film Chariots of Fire which was shot there in 1980.
As the gateway to the Teifi Valley, with not one, but two coastal paths (Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire), Cardigan is the perfect spot for a coastal getaway in your caravan. After you’ve got your fill of the great outdoors, take a meander through the ancient town, visit Castell Henllys Iron Age Village or explore Teifi gorge by canoe. Depending on when you decide to visit, take the time to look into any upcoming events taking place at Rhosygilwen, a stunning performing arts venue.
Colourful houses pepper the cliff face in Tenby. With three glorious beaches to choose from (one of which won Sunday Times Beach of the Year 2019 (Visit Wales, 2023) and an old fort that becomes accessible when the tide is out, Tenby has plenty to keep you occupied. In autumn, make sure to check out a Tenby Ghost Walk to learn about ghostly pirates, witches and even UFOs.
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Date: October 13, 2023