Naturist / Nudist Beaches in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland
This is a directory of every naturist / nudist / clothes-free beach in the UK. There is a list of the beaches, or you can choose from the map.
Each beach entry has a description, travel information, feedback, and photos.
These beaches tend to be remote and rather beautiful. Even if you're not a naturist, this is a great selection of interesting, wild, beautiful and/or remote beaches to visit.
Offensive Behaviour - What to do about it.
Please, please, don't let this put you off visiting clothes free beaches. While I have never seen any of this type of behaviour, it does unfortunately happen.
Naturist beaches tend to be rather remote, and hard to get to, which makes them a great place for naturists to use them without upsetting too many local people.
However, other groups of people have piggy backed on to this list of remote beaches, and the anti-social "adult behaviour" of a minority of them has greatly upset the locals. This has unfairly lead to a significant backlash against naturism, and prevented it at several places which had previously been naturist friendly for many years.
For example, in July 2013
"The Holkham Estate ... decided to close the naturist area on the western section of Holkham beach [on the north Norfolk coast]. This decision follows discussions with local police after complaints had been received about ... offences committed in the area ... The western section of the beach at Holkham has been a designated destination for naturists for a number of years."
As such, to protect the continued use of the remaining naturist beaches, for others as well as yourself, you are strongly recommended to adopt a zero tolerance towards to public anti-social behaviour that offends you. Do not silently put up with anti-social behaviour. Please, report any inappropriate behaviour to the police
Each beach has a comment form, or you can contact me at the email address below.
You can also tag photos, and add them to Flickr to help me illustrate the site - each beach page explains how.
There are no nudist beaches in Northern Ireland. It seems the Loyalists and Nationalists (and so the Police) are wholly united in taking a dim view of such things.
"... we are treating this kind of behaviour extremely seriously and will be continuing to take action against anyone who decides to do the same..." said the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) on Facebook in 2014.
Alternatives in the UK
The World Naked Bike Ride takes place in several UK cities, including London and Brighton
There are some Naturist clubs, some of which own a club house - try British Naturism for details
There are no naturist beaches in Northern Ireland.
Use of naturist beaches seems on the wain in the UK at present, but in Greece, Span, France, the Netherlands and Germany there are many well used naturist beaches, campsites, and even holiday villages. In Winter, Masopalomas in Gran Canaria has year round sun, and has a very large and popular naturist beach.
The beach information and trip reports originally came from the (now closed) NUFF website. There were many comments either complaining about or advocating anti-social behaviour. These were redacted/removed as this is very strictly a family friendly website.
Comments now have to be made with a Facebook id - while this has stopped the 'bad' comments, its also reduced the number of 'good' ones as well.