Coastal Cities, Towns, Villages A – Z

Coastal Cities, Towns, Villages A - Z

There are currently 52 locations in this directory beginning with the letter T.
Tain, Highland
The royal burgh of Tain is situated on the southern side of the Dornoch Firth. It is a rather charming and picturesque town, filled with old stone-built townhouses that flank narrow streets and alleyways. A large Royal Hotel is located in the town centre, along with a local museum and an art gallery. Tain Golf Course is situated to the east of the town. A footbridge named the Alexandra Bridge takes people across the River Tain to the banks of the Dornoch Firth, providing amazing views of the hills and peaks of northern Scotland across the water.

Tal-y-Bont, Gwynedd
Situated less than a mile away from the coast, Tal-y-Bont is a small village made up of cottages and a collection of bungalows. Located within Snowdonia National Park, the village is surrounded by some beautiful scenery. A lovely beach is within easy reach of the village – backed by patches of sand dunes, it is ideal for swimming and paddling, and for taking walks along the upper reaches of the coast. A range of rolling hills and peaks are located to the east of Tal-y-Bont, and are covered in a large network of winding footpaths that cross large patches of countryside, providing great views of the surrounding area.

Talacre, Flintshire
Placed where the estuary of the River Dee meets the open waters of the Irish Sea, Talacre is a small village surrounded by dunes and a nature reserve. Talacre marks the easternmost extent of a large dune system that stretches from Prestatyn to the village, and provides a great scenic landscape criss-crossed by a number of footpaths. A sandy beach forms the shore at Talacre. The Point of Ayr, a small spit of sand, is located next to the village, with a lighthouse placed on the coastline. Like much of the North Welsh coast, Talacre is a popular destination for holidaymakers, with a large caravan park located just to the west of the village.

Talmine, Sutherland
The hamlet of Talmine curves around the western side of Tongue Bay, a beautiful coastal inlet that is bordered by a few sandy beaches. Slopes covered in green grass slide down to the shore, and a series of small rocky islands are placed in the centre of the bay, adding to the area’s picture postcard-like charm. A few cottages and houses make up Talmine, all of which line a small country lane, looking out to sea. Despite Talmine not being located on a main road, it is worth taking a detour to visit this lovely part of north-western Scotland.

Tankerness, Orkney Mainland, Orkney Islands
A collection of scattered cottages, bungalows and farmhouses makes up the remote settlement of Tankerness, located in the eastern part of the Orkney Mainland. Mill Sands Beach – with its sheets of sand that emerge during low tide – is located just to the south-east of the hamlet. Mine Howe, an underground man-made chamber thought to date back to the Iron Age, is located in the southern part of Tankerness. It is regarded as an important archaeological site.

Tarbert, Argyll and Bute
The picturesque village of Tarbert is placed at the head of a small inlet, surrounded by wooded hills and rugged shoreline. A row of traditional townhouses, guesthouses, and many independent family-run stores overlooks a natural harbour, which is used to house both pleasure boats and fishing craft. Nearly every building is painted in its own colour, which adds to the vibrancy and prettiness of Tarbert. Three art galleries are also located here. The ruins of a Medieval castle, which was used as a stronghold by Robert the Bruce in the 14th Century, overlook the village. Although much of the castle is gone, the site is well worth it for the great views across Tarbert, its harbour, and the rolling hills beyond.

Tarbert, Harris, Outer Hebrides
Nestled in a large valley, and sandwiched between the heads of two coastal inlets, the village of Tarbert forms the main hub of the island of Harris. It contains a ferry port that links Harris with the Isle of Skye, and then via a road bridge onto the Scottish mainland. As well as a row of townhouses and a collection of cottages, Tarbert contains a few shops, a couple of cafes and a community centre. The island is famous for Harris tweed, and thus a shop selling tweed fashion items is located in the village.

Tarskavaig, Isle of Skye
Tarskavaig is a crofting hamlet placed on the side of Bàgh Tharsgabhaig, a rocky inlet on the edge of the Sleat Peninsula. The hamlet overlooks a small rocky cove, although a sandy beach is located just to the south near Achnacloich. Two small headlands flank the hamlet.

Tayinloan, Argyll and Bute
The small village of Tayinloan is located on the western side of the Kintyre Peninsula, 27 km (17 miles) to the south of Tarbert. A small country lane links the village to the shore, where a jetty provides a ferry service to the Isle of Gigha, located around 4 km (2.5 miles) off from the coast. It is a rather quiet settlement, with a sandy beach making up the shore here, and the rolling forested hills of Kintyre to the east.

Taynuilt, Argyll and Bute
Taynuilt is a village that is located a short distance away from the banks of Airds Bay, a scenic coastal inlet on the southern side of Loch Etive. As well as a general store, and a hotel and restaurant, a number of holiday lettings are scattered in and around the village. Bonawe Furnace, a historic ironworks that was operational in the 18th and 19th Centuries, is situated close to Taynuilt.

Tayport, Fife
Sitting on the northern side of Freswick Bay, Skirza is a rather remote linear village, consisting of a few scattered houses and farmhouses. A lane connects the village with a small harbour, which lies along the rocky shore. Despite the lack of cliffs, the coastline at Skirza provides great views, with Ness Head protruding out into the North Sea directly to the south of the village.

Tayvallich is a village that is known for its beautiful surrounding scenery. Located at the head of a rocky inlet that extends from Loch Sween, Tayvallich is flanked by beautiful patches of woodland, part of a vast forest that stretches across much of the Knapdale region. Rolling hills surround the village, and present an ideal location for taking pleasant and quiet walks. The village itself includes a small street that runs next to the shore, overlooked by a collection of cosy single-storey cottages. A café and general store are located along the waterfront. A hamlet named Carsaig is placed next to Tayvallich, and is flanked by a lovely sandy beach.

Teangue, Isle of Skye
The small village of Teangue borders the Sleat Peninsula, overlooking the large Sound of Sleat that divides southern Skye from the Scottish Mainland. It is located in a pleasant area, with a rocky coastline to explore, as well as a small bay that borders the village. The Torabhaig Distillery, famous for distilling whiskey, and the lovely Toravaig House Hotel, are both located close to the village.

Teignmouth, Devon
Teignmouth is a fishing port and seaside resort town that is located on the coast of South Devon. It sits at the tip of the Teign Estuary, with the river to its south and open sea to the east. The seafront is bordered by a patch of green grass that is backed by grand townhouses and villas that were constructed in the Georgian and Victorian eras. A pleasure pier extends from the seafront, whereas the beach is made up of a mixture of shingle and reddish sand. The promenade continues for almost a kilometre along the sea edge, limited by the mouth of the Teign to the south, and by a row of red sandstone cliffs to the north. Above the cliffs sits Eastcliff Park, a scenic patch of woodland and open space that provides great views of the town and the coastline. Like many seaside towns on Britain’s coast, Teignmouth is a rather charming place, with independent shops, cafes, guest houses and other buildings filling the town.

Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Tenby is the type of seaside town that you will find on a picture postcard. A row of beautifully painted townhouses curves its way around a small bay, flanked by rocky headlands on both its northern and southern ends. An incredibly generous swathe of golden sand makes up much of the bay, which includes a neat little harbour filled with fishing boats. The town is incredibly historical, with 13th Century-built town walls bordering its quaint town centre – the remains of Tenby Castle, which are of a similar age, lie on a headland to the south of the bay. The centre of Tenby is made up of narrow streets that twist and wind their way past centuries-old buildings, with many independent shops, traditional taverns and beautiful guest houses located in the town. As well as the sandy beach that arches around the bay, another beach – Tenby South Beach – stretches along the coastline to the south-west of the town, and is set amongst rural surroundings.

The Town, Bryher, Isles of Scilly
A small village located mainly on the eastern side of Bryher, ‘The Town’ is a collection of stone-built cottages, a village shop, a café and a bar. It is flanked by a lovely beach of white-hued sand, and is overlooked by the small knolls of Bryher, giving the village a rather tranquil feel to it. It is a fairly scattered settlement – a small track links the main part of The Town to the western side of the island, where a few cottages overlook a fine bay named Great Porth.

Thornham, Norfolk
Like many of the villages along the North Norfolk coast, Thornham is situated with a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is located around 7 km (4 miles) to the east of Hunstanton, and is separated from the North Sea by a large marshland. A collection of mainly flint-clad cottages, three pubs and restaurants, and Thornham All Saints’ Church, make up much of the village.

Thorntonloch, Lothian
The small hamlet of Thorntonloch is most known for its beach – a long stretch of golden sand backed by a row of grassy sand dunes. The shore provides great views of the coastline, with cliffs meandering to the south-east.

Thorpeness, Suffolk
The scenic village of Thorpeness grew in the early 20th Century as a holiday destination. Many of its buildings range from ornate mock-Tudor cottages through to large weatherboard-clad dwellings, all painted in a distinctive black-and-white style, one which is often seen in English villages. Thorpeness, however, is certainly no bustling holiday resort – its rural setting ensures that it remains a rather tranquil coastal village. Bordered by a pebble beach and a lush natural landscape, a beautiful lake named Thorpeness Mere sits adjacent to the village.

Thurlestone, Devon
Much of Thurlestone is located close to the shoreline, on a gentle coastal hill that overlooks a scenic bay. It is an ideal place to visit for holidaymakers – two beaches of golden sand arch around the bay, separated by a rocky promontory. One of the beaches is the South Milton Sands, which is popular with surfers due to its west-facing orientation. A beach café and a parking area are located next to the shore. Along the sides of the bay, large outcrops of rock emerge during low tide, covered in rockpools and clumps of seaweed.

Thurso, Highland
The most northerly town on the Scottish mainland, Thurso is a rather scenic place set within a pretty natural landscape. The centre of Thurso is quite bustling, and is filled with a wide range of traditional hotels, cafes, restaurants and independent shops. Sir John’s Square, a well-kept park garden filled with many bright and beautiful flowers, forms the centrepiece of the town. The River Thurso runs to the east of the town centre, flanked by greenery on either side. Janet Street runs alongside the river, bordered by a row of ornate stone-built cottages. The town is home to the Thurso Art Gallery, which showcases a range of local, regional and international art. Thurso faces onto a large bay, with nothing but sea between the town and the Orkney island of Hoy. A sandy beach divides the town from the bay, whereas a series of rocky cliffs border either side. Compared to the Scottish Highlands to the south, the surrounding countryside is rather flat, and provides a great rural landscape for walking.

Tighnabruaich, Argyll and Bute
Located a mere 1.6 km (1 mile) to the north of Kames, the village of Tighnabruaich is significantly longer in size, stretched out along the coast between the Kyles of Bute to the east, and steep coastal slopes to the west. A quiet coastal road meanders its way along the pebbly shore, flanked by a row of grand Victorian-built villas. It is a quiet and scenic village, with lush woodland running down from the hills behind Tighnabruaich to the edge of the settlement, and great views across the water to the Isle of Bute. A variety of shops, many of which are independently owned, and the Tighnabruaich Gallery, are located in the village.

Tingwall, Orkney Mainland , Orkney Islands
The tiny hamlet of Tingwall is located on the north-eastern side of Mainland Island – apart from a small cluster of cottages and a farmhouse, it is best known for its ferry terminal, connecting Mainland with the islands of Rousay, Wyre and Egilsay.

Tintagel, Cornwall
The village of Tintagel is famous for its association with King Arthur, the legendary leader who forms a large part of British folklore. It is placed near the edge of a large, towering cliff, where it overlooks the wild and rugged coastal landscape. The Medieval ruins of Tintagel Castle are situated on top of the cliff – according to the legend, they are famous for being the site of Arthur’s conception. A large wooden footbridge connects the top of the cliff across a ravine to Tintagel Head, a large rocky promontory that was probably home to a Celtic monastery during the middle of the 1st Millennium AD. A statue of King Arthur is placed on top of the headland, its back turned to the sea. Several caves lead off from the rocky shore below, according to the Arthurian legend, one of these is thought to have been Merlin’s home. The village itself is a charming collection of stone buildings, which include cottages, gift shops, pubs and cafes.

Toab, Mainland Island, Shetland Islands
The southernmost village on Shetland’s Mainland Island, Toab overlooks the scenic Bay of Quendale on its western side, whereas the Pool of Virkie – a large tidal lagoon – sits to its east. Toab itself is a rather quiet village, with cottages, a post office and a village shop. Sumburgh Airport, the main airport serving Shetland, is located just to the south of the village.

Tollesbury, Essex
The village of Tollesbury is placed within a stone’s throw from the coast. The village centre has a rather quintessential East Anglian feel to it, with old terraced cottages, a traditional pub named the King’s Head, and a church, some of which dates back to the 11th Century. The coast of Tollesbury Fleet sits around 0.5 km (550 yards) to the north-east of the village, accompanied by a small marina.

Tolsta Chaolais, Lewis, Outer Hebrides
Tolsta Chaolais is a small village that is surrounded by a rather wild and remote landscape, one that is typical of the Isle of Lewis. It is placed between two lochs: the freshwater Loch a’ Bhaile on its eastern side, and the large seawater Loch Ròg an Ear to its west. It is a remote settlement made up of a collection of cottages and houses. A short slipway runs down onto a pebbly beach that borders the southern side of the village.

Tong and Aird Tong, Lewis, Outer Hebrides
The small village of Breivig overlooks Broad Bay, with the Eye Peninsula located to the south. It is placed on a low headland, surrounded by large rock flats that expand away from the coast during low tide, with two sandy beaches on either side. A country lane links the village with a small working harbour.

Tongue, Sutherland
Overlooking the still waters of the Kyle of Tongue, and flanked by a row of rocky peaks to its east, the village of Tongue is set within a beautifully serene landscape. Facing south, the Highland mountains of northern Scotland are visible in the distance, their rocky summits dominating the landscape. Tongue itself is made up of a collection of cottages and houses, as well as a few guesthouses and hotels. Its location on the A838 road, which forms the northern stretch of the North Coast 500, a circular route that encompasses northern Scotland, means that the area can be quite popular with visitors during the summer months.

Topsham, Devon
Placed at the northern end of the Exe estuary, Topsham is a rather quaint coastal town, with old townhouses that flank narrow streets, and a stone-built quay that overlooks the river. A cluster of cafes and restaurants can be found in the town centre, along with several cosy pubs such as The Globe, which lies on Fore Street. A range of independent shops, ranging from boutiques and craft shops through to bookstores and delicatessens, are also situated in the town. Topsham was once a thriving shipbuilding centre with a bustling port – it is proud of its maritime heritage, showcasing it in a museum just to the south of the town centre. A small passenger ferry links the town with the other side of the River Exe, where a nature reserve is located on a patch of marshland.

Torcross, Devon
Torcross is a pretty South Devon village that is surrounded by some lovely scenery. Perched on the side of Start Bay, it is flanked by the tip of Slapton Ley to the north, and a costal hill to the south. Slapton Ley is a large freshwater lagoon that is separated from the sea by a bar of shingle. A designated nature reserve, the lagoon attracts a wide range of different animal species, and is great for birdwatching. In the village, a row of old cottages overlooks the bay, bordering the 5 mile (3 km) long sand and shingle beach that runs up to the village of Strete.

Torpoint, Cornwall
The town of Torpoint is located in south-eastern Cornwall, perched on the edge of the Tamar estuary. Townhouses, cottages and apartments make up much of the town centre, and a few shops, cafes and pubs can be found here. A vehicle ferry service connects the town with Devonport, a part of Plymouth located on the opposite side of the Tamar. A marina is located just off from the quayside, filled with yachts and sailboats.

Torquay, Devon
Situated on the northern side of Devon’s renowned Tor Bay, Torquay is a dynamic seaside town set within some rather impressive scenery. A sandy beach (Torre Abbey Sands) curves around part of the bay, whereas the rest of the town’s coastline is occupied by Torbay Marina – a large harbour that is filled with pleasure boats and yachts. Tree-lined hillslopes rise from the waves – perched on top of these are many of the town’s buildings, adding to the impressive feel of the town. It is no wonder why the town (alongside much of South Devon) has earnt its reputation as the ‘English Riviera’ – on a warm, sunny day, it can feel rather Mediterranean. To the east of the marina sit Beacon Cove and Peaked Tor Cove, two inlets tucked away amongst the cliffs – the South West Coast Path takes you above them, providing impressive views of Tor Bay. The town has been a large seaside resort since the early 19th Century, and is filled with large townhouses, shops, traditional hotels and restaurants. However, Torre Abbey outdates this by many centuries – located close to the seafront, remnants of the abbey date back to 1196.

Torridon, Highland
Made up of cottages and farmhouses, Lower Diabaig is a remote hamlet on the western coast of Scotland. It is built on the side of a large hill, and overlooks Lochs Diabaig and Torridon, with a small part of it bordering the shore. When entering the hamlet via the only road – a small country lane – the view is incredible, with the loch stretching out in front, a series of craggy hills, and the coastline extending on the other side of the loch for miles. The remote nature of Lower Diabaig means that it is located within a particularly serene area.

Torridon, Highland
Despite its rather small size, the village of Torridon is quite renowned for its spectacular landscape, a magnet for walkers, hikers, nature lovers and photographers. It sits at the head of a large loch, and is located in the midst of some truly spectacular Highland peaks, many of which rise steeply to a height of above 800 metres (2,600 feet). This includes the lofty Liathach mountain, which peaks at 1,054 metres (3,456 feet) above the waters of Upper Loch Torridon. Patches of coastal woodland flank the shoreline on the southern side of the loch, adding further beauty to the landscape. The village itself includes a campsite, a youth hostel, a general store and a café. It is located just off from the A896, part of the North Coast 500 route.

Torrin, Isle of Skye
The small village of Torrin is situated on the eastern side of Loch Slapin, and is made up of a collection of croft farmhouses and a few cottages. A bunkhouse and several holiday lettings are also located here. The village provides spectacular views of the surrounding scenery, with the 929 metre (3,048 foot) high Blà Bheinn towering to the west of Torrin, on the other side of the loch. It also lies within the shadow of Beinn na Callich. The area is therefore ideal for mountain climbing, albeit for more experienced climbers – the fells are, indeed, incredibly steep and difficult to traverse.

Torryburn, Fife
The village of Torryburn is placed on the side of the Bay of Torry, looking out onto the Forth Estuary, with Preston Island to the west. It is a rather quiet village, made up of a collection of cottages. A long coastal woodland extends from the town and along the estuary, adding to the rural tranquillity of the area.

Toward, Argyll
Placed at the southern tip of the Cowal Peninsula, Toward is a rather quiet village flanked by long stretches of rocky shorelines. The vast open waters of the Firth of Clyde and the Kyles of Bute provide amazing views across to Ayrshire and the Isle of Bute, with Great Cumbrae Island also visible to the south. The village is famous for its lighthouse that was built in 1812, and a vast 19th-Century country mansion named Castle Toward. A range of forest-covered hills are located to the north of the village, and provide great opportunities for hiking and walking.

Trearddur Bay, Holy Island, Anglesey
Treaddur Bay is a rather pleasant coastal village placed on the south-eastern side of Holy Island, a much smaller isle located to the west of Anglesey. It is popular with visitors, who are attracted to its Blue Flag-award winning sandy beach. The landscape that surrounds the village is also beautiful, with a series of low cliffs that meander along the coast, intercepted by a few hidden coves that contain their own sandy beaches. A series of houses and bungalows overlook the sea, with great views across the rugged coastal landscape. The Bay Restaurant is situated close to the main beach, along with a selection of guest houses, bed-and-breakfasts and holiday lettings.

Trebarwith, Cornwall
Much of the hamlet of Trebarwith is located at the foot of a large coastal valley, where it sits at the head of a rocky cove. Despite its small size, it is popular with visitors, with a café and a pub named The Port William located just above the shore. The coastal landscape is very rugged, with large cliffs, rocky outcrops and narrow inlets bordering the cove. However, at low tide, a sandy beach named Trebarwith Strand reveals itself, and is used by surfers.

Trefin, Pembrokeshire
Trefin is a picturesque village that is perched above the rugged clifftops of northern Pembrokeshire, within the great coastal landscape of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. It is a pretty village of rustic, stone-built cottages that includes a pub named The Ship Inn, a bed and breakfast and a hostel. A country lane links the village with a sheltered, rocky cove to the west, providing access to the shore. The Pembroke Coast Path winds its way along the top of the cliffs, providing amazing views of the wild coastal landscape.

Trefor, Gwynedd
Located on the northern side of the Llyn Peninsula, Trefor is a pretty village made up of stone-built cottages, and surrounded by some amazing scenery. The village lies in the shadow of the Yr Eifl mountains, and close to a series of cliffs that include rugged inlets and sea stacks. A network of footpaths, including the Wales Coast Path, provide great walking and hiking opportunities around the surrounding landscape. A sandy beach is located to the north of the village, where Trefor’s harbour is also situated.

Trenance and Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
Located around 7 km (4 miles) to the north of Newquay, the conjoined villages of Trenance and Mawgan Porth overlook a lovely sandy bay that is flanked by cliffs on either side. Popular with surfers and swimmers, it is a rather idyllic beach that is great on a fine summer’s day. Mawgan Porth is located at the bottom of a hillslope, linking directly with the beach – a seafood restaurant, café and surf shop are placed here, next to the sand. Trenance is built on the side of a coastal hillslope, overlooking the beach and its surrounding landscape. A range of hotels are located here.

Tresaith, Ceredigion
Like Llangrannog to the north-east, Tresaith is also a small village that is nestled at the head of a rocky bay, placed along the rugged coast of Ceredigion. A lovely beach of golden sand borders Tresaith, flanked with cliffs and rocky shores on either side – a brief walk from the north-east of the bay will take people to a waterfall, where a stream tumbles over the side of the cliff and into the rocks and sand below. The village itself is made up of a few cottages and an inn that overlook the bay, built on the side of a hill. A small caravan site, and several holiday lettings, are located in and around the village.

Trevone, Cornwall
Trevone is a quiet Cornish village of lovely country cottages, many of which are available as holiday lettings. A pleasant beach of golden sand sits at the northern end of the village, nestled by a couple of low rocky cliffs on either side. The sand underneath the sea gives it a beautiful turquoise hue, particularly visible when the sun is shining. However, the coast immediately to the west of the village is marked by a large outcrop of rock, which includes many rockpools and a natural sea pool. Trevone is popular with surfers, with a surf shop located next to the shore. Harlyn Bay is situated around a mile to the west of Trevone, and includes another impressive stretch of sand.

Trimingham, Norfolk
The small village of Trimingham is perched atop the North Norfolk cliffs, looking out across the vast waters of the North Sea. A row of small flint-clad cottages makes up much of the village, with the centuries-old St John the Baptist Church forming the centrepiece. Trimingham is located within North Norfolk’s Deep History Coast, a 35 km (22 mile) stretch of coastline which is notable for containing fossils and other artefacts, many of which are millions of years old. Unfortunately, high rates of cliff erosion threaten the village, with landslips an all too regular occurrence.

Troon, Ayrshire
The resort town of Troon sits on the coast of Ayrshire, overlooking the Firth of Clyde. Being only 40 km/25 miles away from central Glasgow, Troon grew as a popular choice for holidaymarkers in the 19th Century, and is frequented by visitors to this day. Its town centre sits on a large promontory that extends into the firth, and consists mainly of a high street flanked with shops and other amenities. Bed-and-breakfast hotels and guesthouses are located in the town. A large yacht marina sits towards the tip of the promontory, which is used for recreational purposes. By contrast, a working fishing harbour is also situated in Troon, which supplies a large fish market in the town. Troon Beach borders the southern portion of the town, bordered by a nice linear park that makes up the esplanade. Barassie Beach extends along the northern side of Troon. Both beaches provide stunning views across the firth, with the Isle of Arran visible straight ahead, and the isle of Ailsa Craig on the horizon to the south west.

Tunstall, situated near the North Sea coast in Holderness, East Riding of Yorkshire, is a village that has been mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Tunestal" within the Withernsea manor. The All Saints church, originally built during the Norman period, underwent several modifications during the 13th and 14th centuries, mainly using beach cobble with stone dressings. A tower was also added to the church in the 15th century.

Turnberry, Ayrshire
Scotland is famous for being the home of golf, with three of the finest links courses in the world located at the village of Turnberry. Over time, a golf complex has grown here, which includes a vast hotel that overlooks the sea, designed to resemble a Georgian-era stately home. Turnberry is surrounded by a selection of great scenery, with a large sandy beach and a row of sand dunes that borders the village, as well as a series of rolling hills. The Ayrshire Coastal Path runs through Turnberry, providing a great long-distance walk from either side of the village.

Turnchapel, Devon
Turnchapel is a pretty village that is placed on the Mount Batten peninsula, where it overlooks the Cattewater, a channel of water that separates the village from Plymouth. Rows of old terraced cottages painted in bright colours make up the centre of Turnchapel, with a cosy pub named The Clovelly Bay Inn facing onto the water. Plymouth Yacht Haven, a large marina, is located next to the village. The Mount Batten peninsula stretches out to the west of the village, where one can find a 17th century fortification tower placed on top of a knoll. A pebble beach flanks the south-western side of Mount Batten, offering great views across the Plymouth Sound.

Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear
Tynemouth is a charming seaside town located just to the east of North Shields. It is most famous for its Priory and Castle, the ruins of which are placed on a rocky headland. Built during the 13th and 14th centuries, only sections of the original walls remain – the site is managed by English Heritage, and is open to visitors. The Collingwood Monument, a grand statue and memorial to a famous 18th century admiral, overlooks the mouth of the River Tyne as it flows into the North Sea.

Tynemouth’s coastal landscape includes rocky headlands that are separated by sandy bays. King Edwards Bay lies just to the east of the town, and includes a lovely Blue Flag Award-winning beach that is sheltered from the town by a steep hillslope. The far more extensive Longsands Beach also flanks the edge of the town, and is bordered by a large patch of open space and an aquarium.

Tynemouth has a rather picturesque town centre, with rows of Georgian and Victorian townhouses that flank many of its streets. These include Front Street, the main road which runs through the town, and is complete with a beautiful tree-lined square. A cluster of cosy pubs, cafes and upmarket restaurants are located in the town.

Tywyn, Gwynedd
With a population of just over 3,000, the coastal town of Tywyn feels much more like a village, with a high street lined with terraced buildings, which includes a small collection of independent shops. It is flanked between the peaks of Snowdonia on one side, and the sea on the other. A promenade borders the seafront, which is flanked by a couple of rows of townhouses and a pleasant sandy beach. Tywyn is popular with tourists, with a few holiday lettings located here. Two large holiday caravan parks flank either side of the town, built up against the shore.


Author:  Julian Marks