UK Beaches Guide : Who We Are

The UK Beaches Guide is a travel publisher Inspiring people to visit the UK and Ireland coast.

How it all began

I [Ian Barnes] created this site as I was getting frustrated in the number of websites I had to visit when investigating possible destinations in the UK for next years summer holiday. With a family I needed to cope with “I’m bored what can we do next..” questions and so needed something more than just a beach list, and to get the range of information needed it became too time consuming.

Through my great interest in the UK’s beaches and coastline I decided to start recording it, in doing this I created a single platform to help others find what they needed quickly and easily. This in turn could provide a means for local coastal businesses to reach potential customers.

Originally the site was but in 2014 was renamed to to better represent what the site had come to represent. It was harder to refocus our social channels so these were left as @coastradar but in late 2015 have moved over to the brand #ukbeaches.

UK Beaches Guide today

These days, the UK Beaches Guide is more than just a website but a whole set of interactive tools inspiring beachgoers [beachgoer – Noun – A person who goes to the beach] to explore the beauty of UK Beaches and the wider UK Coast:

  • Beach and coast guides with coverage of the whole UK coastline (although we are called UK we also cover Ireland)
  • Website navigated through interactive maps and regional search tools
  • Featured articles and travel information
  • Social channels and member area for beachgoers to ask questions and offer opinions

It does not matter if you are planning a staycation or just a day out at the beach the information should be here to help.

We are here to help you find that closest beach for a day out or a remote cove to be away from it all.