Only four Scottish destinations make the list of best seaside resorts
Tiny Bamburgh, on the Northumberland coast, again came first out of 87 destinations in a survey of over 4,300 people by consumer group Which?.
It received the maximum five stars for its beaches, seafront, tranquility, scenery and value for money – with an overall rating of 87%.
Sadly, only four Scottish resorts made the list, with the only good news being that St Andrews came third overall. It scored five out of five in all but two categories, value for money and peace and quiet.
Other Scottish beach destinations to feature in the charts were North Berwick in East Lothian, Oban in Argyll and Ayr, the West Coast’s busiest day trip destination.
As restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic have prevented many overseas trips, the UK’s traditional option of a holiday by the sea has seen a surge in popularity.
Who? said respondents to this year’s survey praised the beauty of Bamburgh, describing the clifftop castle as “spectacular”.,
The village, which has around 400 inhabitants out of season, has miles of beaches with clean sand and rock pools and the wildlife of the nearby Farne Islands.
And while Scotland can boast St Andrews’ position in the charts, it’s worth noting that Wales has three of the top six resorts in the ranking.
Cheap Llandudno took second place overall.
The town’s biggest draw is the Great Orme, a limestone promontory that rises nearly 700 feet.
Hotels in Llandudno average just £95 a night, proving that “for popular places there’s no need to break the bank”, according to Which?.
Tourists flock to St Andrews not only for its stunning beaches, but also for Scotland’s oldest university, a world-class golf course and a network of medieval streets to explore.
Oban, known as the “Gateway to the Islands”, scored 64% on the list and scored zero fives out of five in any category.
It was beaten by Ayr, the traditional west coast family beach holiday destination closest to Glasgow and served by rail and bus links was ranked at 71%.
Ayr’s miles of beaches and low average hotel costs of just £80 per night, along with stunning scenery from the Firth of Clyde to Arran, have helped it beat many other rivals.
The only other destination to make the list is North Berwick – which was recently named the most expensive seaside town in Scotland to buy a house – with a score of 77%.
It also proved an expensive place to stay with average hotel prices of £197, but performed favorably in nearly every other category, including scenery.
Some 51 destinations across Britain scored at least 70% in the survey.
The last five stations consisted of Skegness, Lincolnshire; Bognor Regis, West Sussex; Southend, Essex; Great Yarmouth, Norfolk; and Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset.
Skegness has not been awarded more than two stars for any category other than its beaches.
Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel said: ‘The UK coastline hasn’t seen such a boom since the 1960s.
“Holidaymakers have had such a fantastic time in their caravans, tents and beach pavilions over the past two years that a coastal break on home shores is on the cards for many, even with the lifting of restrictions on Trips abroad.
“Prices for a stay in the UK have gone up, but there’s no need to pay more. For a low-budget vacation, it is better to aim for an off-season trip.
“Head to one of the many good value resorts with your bucket and spade, an empty stomach for cotton candy and a stack of 2 pence coins and go strike it rich on the slot machines.”
Northern Irish resorts did not have enough respondents to be included in the research.