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The UK’s top 50 beaches

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Sand

1: Scarista Beach, Harris, Outer Hebrides Deserted, three-mile, blinding-white
2: Great Bay, St Martin’s, Isles of Scilly The best in the islands
3: Shell Beach, Herm, Channel Islands Made magical by millions of shells
4: Magilligan Strand, Benone, Londonderry Magnificent seven-mile stretch
5: Ainsdale, Near Southport, Merseyside Generous, golden sands with great dunes
6: Saunton Sands, Devon Unspoilt, three-mile arc
7: Llanddwyn Beach, Anglesey Endless ribbon of sand backed by forest
8: Balmedie Country Park, Near Aberdeen Uncrowded, gently shelving
9: Pembrey, Carmarthenshire Eight-mile-long sweep

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