Britain's beautiful beaches

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Aberdour, Scotland

Aberdour is a popular sandy beach on the Fife coast in west Scotland. The Fife coastal path passes this beach, which is situated just to the south of Burntisland.

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Benllech beach, Wales

Benllech beach is located on the east coast of Anglesey and is one of the island's most popular beaches. Surrounded by headland, Benllech has fine sand, clear water and excellent facilities.

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Torbay Breakwater beach, England

Breakwater beach at Torbay in south-west England is popular with both families and divers. This shingle beach boasts clear, blue water as well as good amenities.

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Broughty Ferry beach, Scotland

Situated close to Dundee, Broughty Ferry's sandy beach is overlooked by the Broughty Ferry's historic castle. Dolphins have been spotted in the water off the beach, which is a popular family destination.

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Coppet Hall, Wales

Coppet Hall is a sandy beach with good views out over the Gower Peninsula in south-west Wales. It is a popular beach throughout the summer and has a large car park.

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Cranfield west, Northern Ireland

Found in County Down, Northern Ireland, Cranfield West beach is a mix of sand and shingle with great views of the Mourne Mountains. It is another beach popular with families.

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Cullercoats, England

Cullercoats is a new addition to the Blue Flag list and is situated on the north-east coast of England. This small beach is nestled between the larger beaches of Whitley Bay and Tynemouth.

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Elie beach, Scotland

Another Fife beach gives Scotland another of its Blue Flags. This sheltered beach is popular with wildlife watchers, as well as beach cricketers as this picture shows.

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Magilligan, Benone Strand, Northern Ireland

This Londonderry beach, is one of those that offers practically everything a beach-goer could want. There is a golf club, outdoor pool, lots of nature and a seven-mile stretch of sand.

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Porth Swtan (Church Bay), Wales

Church Bay beach is another on the island of Anglesey, it is a small pebble and sand beach, famous for lobster and the world belly boarding championships, as pictured.

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Ramsgate, England

Ramsgate is just one of 10 beaches in the Thanet area to have been awarded the Blue Flag. Popular with families this sandy beach enjoys a safe reputation.

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Sandown, England

Sandown is one of the beaches which has helped the Isle of Wight stand at joint top of the list of British regions with the most Blue Flags. The Isle has been awarded 14 flags, the same number as Torbay. Sandown is a popular, long, sandy beach.

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Scarborough, England

Scarborough's North Bay beach is one of five beaches in Yorkshire to fly the Blue Flag. A popular tourist destination, Scarborough's neighbours Whitby and Bridlington also have Blue Flags.

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St Andrews, West Sands, Scotland

The name St Andrews is generally associated with golf, but there is also two miles of popular sandy beach close to the town. The opening scenes for the film Chariots of Fire were filmed on this Blue Flag beach.

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Whiterocks, Northern Ireland

Whiterocks is a visually stunning beach in north Antrim, Northern Ireland. With limestone cliffs, caves and shipwrecks this long beach stretches down to Portrush, there is also a golf course alongside the beach.