We love the seaside here at Mia’s Travels UK – so much so that human mum spends too much time playing “fantasy rightmove” with only beach and sea locations allowed! Just need to find a few million pounds and we are there 🙂
However, a lottery win seems pretty unlikely so we have to make do with day trips and holidays to the seaside. We find there is nothing more relaxing for us than being by the sea, the closer the better! Whenever we are looking for a dog friendly holiday the first “filters” to get ticked are “coastal / sea view / near to beach / sea within 1 mile”
We are fortunate enough to live on an island and have some of the best beaches in the world, a recent poll in a national newspaper found that the UK had 10 beaches featured in the Worlds Top 50 beaches, with 3 UK beaches coming in the top 25! So why would we want to travel further afield? Yes, of course we have Bora Bora, the Seychelles and the Maldives on our bucket list, but we have a mortgage and bills to pay and a gorgeous black Labrador who can’t enjoy those places with us.
The UK offers some amazing beaches, a good deal of them are dog friendly. Mia loves nothing more than running on a beach. She doesn’t like deep water so the shallows are perfect for her. Her face lights up as soon as we get on the beach with one of her favourite tennis balls. The beaches don’t have to be sandy to enjoy, she loves wandering amongst the rockpools fascinated by the tiny fish swimming around, scattering when they see her.
We have learnt that Mia will bring half the beach back with her, so a good towel rub at the beach and a nice warm bucket of water when she gets in always helps. The White Ship in Portsoy had an Aga in the kitchen which was perfect for her to curl up in front of after she had been washed off outside – another item to add to the fantasy Rightmove shopping list!
Don’t wait for the summer to come to visit our beaches (you might never get there! 😉 ). Get wrapped up – hat, scarf, gloves, snood, ear warmers, extra socks, balaclava, long-johns, woolly knickers, mittens with string attached, wellies or walking boots. Get “rugged” up and head out. We’ve quite often had beaches all to ourselves in the winter months. I am sure there are people looking at us thinking we are loons, but we love the outdoors. We love spending time out in our gorgeous country walking our gorgeous Mia. We have made more memories on cold windy beaches than we have on hot sunny ones!
We plan to visit more UK beaches this year and we are always open to suggestions so please contact us if you have anywhere to recommend
In the meantime, here are a few of our favourite beaches which have all received the stamp of approval from Mia!
Some beaches have local By-laws restricting dogs during the peak seasons. Please always check with local councils and abide by any signage you see.