I’ve been to the same UK coastal village since I was a kid – it has quiet beaches and blue waters like the Caribbean

There aren’t many places I would be willing to get up at 4 a.m. after packing my car with my husband and kids.

But there is one in the UK – and that place is Brora.

I've been going to Brora since I was a child - and it doesn't feel like the UK at all


I’ve been going to Brora since I was a child – and it doesn’t feel like the UK at allPhoto credit: Alamy
The beaches are beautiful, with golden sand and blue water


The beaches are beautiful, with golden sand and blue waterPhoto credit: Danielle Brown
My kids love watching the seals hanging out on the beach


My kids love watching the seals hanging out on the beachPhoto credit: Danielle Brown
It is the best place for a stay that feels like you are abroad


It is the best place for a stay that feels like you are abroadPhoto credit: Danielle Brown

I have been visiting the small coastal village in north-east Scotland since I was a child.

But it’s not just the nostalgic memories that keep me coming back year after year, now with my own children.

The place is a paradise of secret and wonderfully quiet beaches with sparkling blue waters that make it hard to believe that this is Britain and not the Caribbean.

After two stops and just over 12 hours later, we arrived at our lovely stone holiday home, Sona Di (Happy Days in Gaelic).

The sun seemed to have risen for our visit, and as soon as I caught a glimpse of the lapping sea from our cruise, I was immediately reminded of Brora’s unparalleled beauty.

With a four-year-old and a 17-year-old in tow, it can be a challenge to find a vacation that suits both children with a large age difference, but Brora ticks all the boxes.

Just five miles along the coast south of our holiday home is Golspie, home to the fairytale Dunrobin Castle. dating back to the early 13th century.

It is a great place for teenagers and adults, even if you are not a child Story Enthusiast.

There are also amazing castles


There are also amazing castlesPhoto credit: Danielle Brown

The falconry that takes place here is a family favorite and takes place twice daily from April to October.

It fascinated the youngest of my daughters as much as she did Clocks The majestic creature rises into the air and floats over the audience.

From Dunrobin Castle you can cross the road and enter the Big Burn Walk. This is the case at just 3 kilometers Mini The hike is suitable for amateurs like us and even for my four year old’s little legs.

This walk has become part of our annual routine and we do it at least once every visit, just because Wonder in the breathtaking landscape. Walking through the rocky, jungle-like landscape, this trail takes you to a roaring waterfall – the perfect Instagram spot for my snap-happy 17-year-old.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, there’s really no better way to end the day than with a bite to eat at Sid’s Spice, voted the second best Indian restaurant in Scotland.

They have everything from classic tandoori dishes to the infamous Sids House Soecial with marinated chicken tikka, lamb tikka and tandoor king prawns.

When it comes to food, Indian cuisine isn’t the only cuisine Brora knows well.

Known for its diverse offering of sweet and savory waffles, Cocoa Skye is a must-try.

Another top spot for sweet treats is Capaldi’s of Brora. The shop has been making fantastic ice cream since 1959 and has the largest selection I’ve ever seen, from traditional favorites like rum raisin and raspberry ripples to the famous honeycomb and the seasonal “Barbie” flavor (again, a favorite among the children, of course).

The children were particularly excited about the “Barbie” waffle that was included Pink Chocolate chips, raspberries and marshmallows all stacked on a pink wafer.

We had picked a good time to visit Weather It was lovely all week so there was plenty of time on the beach.

A cheerful local had told us that there were lots of seals that day in the village of Golspie, a 30-minute walk from our cottage.

As we approached Golspie Beach we were overwhelmed by the variety of creatures scattered along the shore, some bathing in the sand and others bobbing in the sea.

There were easily over 50 of them, but not a single other person was in sight, meaning we had this entire patch of sand to ourselves. My youngest was in awe as she watched the seals flutter back and forth between the sea and the shore.

However, it’s not just about the children, there is also a lot to experience for adults in this area.

High on our list was the Clynelish Distillery, also in Brora, which offers tasting tours or you can simply enjoy the first floor bar with its stunning views of the North Sea.

The whiskey cocktails, homemade cakes and super friendly staff made us want to go back three times during our stay.

On our last day, my husband couldn’t resist a round of golf at the golf club championship Links course so me and the kids went back to Capaldi.

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As we walked down the road towards the harbor with our ice cream in hand and the sparkling blue sea before us, we could hardly believe we were still in the UK.

I wondered if we were in Brora or actually Bora Bora.

Caribbean Sea and quiet beaches - there's no better place than Brora


Caribbean Sea and quiet beaches – there’s no better place than BroraPhoto credit: Alamy

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing russellfalcon@ustimespost.com.

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