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If you want sunshine, head for East Kent | Letters

Manston, between Herne Bay and Margate, gets many more hours of sunshine a year than Tiree, writes Jonathan Hollow

Although the Scottish island of Tiree looks idyllic (White sand, sunny skies and no midges, Travel, 29 July), the claim that it basks in “more hours of sunlight than just about any other location in the British Isles” caught my eye, as sunshine is our speciality here in East Kent. I find that from the Met Office tables, Tiree has 1,477 hours of sunshine a year, whereas Manston, halfway between Herne Bay and Margate, enjoys 1,802 (and less than half the rain of Tiree). Even the notoriously rainy Isle of Man gets 1,584 hours of sunshine in Douglas, and less rain.

Sun-seekers should be better informed as to where to seek their fix. (Although I respectfully doff my hat to Tiree’s many alternative pleasures.)
Jonathan Hollow
Whitstable, Kent

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We’d like to hear about your discoveries – whether it’s a rocky cove in Chile or an unfrequented stretch of white sand in Scotland – for a chance to win our weekly prize

Chancing across a quiet beach that’s not in the guidebooks or not reachable by road can make a holiday. You might have noticed a splash of yellow on a map or just followed a hunch and a meandering path to the sea – and found a great place to truly relax and enjoy nature. It doesn’t have to be sandy and it doesn’t have to be somewhere hot, but please include location details – it’s not healthy to keep secrets forever!

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