The UK's most beautiful coastal destinations in autumn

Coastal, Seasonal

Posted by Kate W on 15th September 2021

The UK's most beautiful coastal destinations in autumnImage credit: Jo Corrado

Summer is winding down and the colours of autumn are beginning to appear in woodlands, throughout the countryside, and all along the UK coastline.

It is easy to dismiss the British coast when the weather begins to cool down, however, the changing seasons only add to the beaches' beauty and, once the crowds disperse and the coastal paths empty, you’ll have miles and miles of peaceful seaside to wander.

See these sights up close by booking an autumn holiday by the sea; explore our collection of cottages by the coast.

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There are a wealth of UK destinations beside the sea to uncover throughout September, October and November. Get inspired by looking through these enchanting photographs of the UK’s most beautiful destinations during autumn.

Dymchurch Beach Dymchurch, KentImage credit: Claire Hayhurst

Dymchurch Beach

Dymchurch, Kent

On an early morning coastal walk, the autumn sunrise turns Boo the dog into a striking silhouette and gives the entire photograph a golden glow. A perfect and peaceful moment captured by Claire Hayhurst near Dymchurch in Kent.

Dymchurch cottages

St Michael's Mount Marazion Beach, West CornwallImage credit: @HELSKREED

St Michael's Mount

Marazion Beach, West Cornwall

An autumnal day on Marazion Beach in West Cornwall with a stunning view of St Michael’s Mount rising above the waves in the distance. With the ancient stronghold peeking out from behind rugged rocks, this image by @HELSKREED captures the allure of this spectacular setting. 

Marazion cottages

If you’re trying to think up fun things to do during autumn in the UK, you may be surprised to hear that autumn is the perfect time to go surfing on the UK coast.

Bennett's Mouth Exmoor, North DevonImage credit: Sara Wearne 

Bennett's Mouth

Exmoor National Park, North Devon

Two children looking out to sea at the secret and surreal cove of Bennett’s Mouth on the North Devon coast. This photograph, taken by Sara Wearne, is full of drama with moody skies and craggy rocks making for an atmospheric backdrop.

Exmoor cottages

For the chance to discover more hidden coves and secret beaches, read our guide to British coastal walks.

Firth of Clyde  Argyll and Ayrshire, West ScotlandImage credit: @lifebytheclyde

Firth of Clyde

Argyll and Ayrshire, West Scotland

Imagine watching the sun go down over the Firth of Clyde from your own window. A spectacular sunset in all shades of pink taken by @lifebytheclyde in her own home – what a wonderful location!

Argyll cottages

Alluring interiors, five-star features and unforgettable views; peer through a curated selection of our favourite luxury sea view cottages.

Bamburgh Castle Bamburgh, NorthumberlandImage credit: Jo Corrado

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh, Northumberland

High on the cliffs overlooking the North Sea, Bamburgh Castle is an ancient Northumberland stronghold and a magnificent sight to capture on camera. This photograph filled with blue sky, windswept grass and a glimpse of the sea beyond, all beautifully framing the iconic castle, was taken by Jo Corrado.

Bamburgh cottages

Scroll through more fantastic photos of picture-postcard locations on the coast and maybe bring along your own camera to capture some stunning holiday shots.

Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve Fareham, HampshireImage credit: @LeanneDEMPSEYS

Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve

Fareham, Hampshire

A bright yet cloudy sky creates the perfect conditions for a rainbow over Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve in Hampshire, a coastal sanctuary for wildlife where the River Meon meets the sea. The expansive reedbeds provide a contrast against the dramatic sky and colourful rainbow captured by @LeanneDEMPSEYS.

Fareham cottages

Llanddwyn Island Anglesey, North WalesImage credit: @rachelw081

Llanddwyn Island

Anglesey, North Wales

A chilly November dog walk on Llanddwyn Island in Anglesey with its iconic white lighthouse and stormy sea as the backdrop. This rugged section of North Wales coast is home to a mix of dark sand and shingle coves, and the remains of the Church of Saint Dwynwen.

Anglesey cottages

Escape to the UK coastline

Make your get away to a beautiful seaside location this autumn for a memorable break. Set off to any of these remarkable destinations or discover somewhere entirely new with a stay in one of our holiday cottages by the coast. 

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