With a heatwave due, now is a great time to book a summer holiday at home. But if you're looking for something a bit special, then take a look at these rental proprieties which have access to stunning beaches. Main pic: Getty
This charming cottage sleeps six, overlooks the Solway and has direct access to a private beach.
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This Victorian property - in the picturesque town of Elie - sleeps eight. And it's only a short walk to the private beach from the garden.
Sleeping two, the Gables is a self contained holiday cottage in the village of Kilberry, in Argyll.
This cosy cottage sleeps four and has beach access from the courtyard patio, which also offers wonderful views.
Located on the shores of Loch Sunart, this Highland retreat offers wonderful views, peace and quiet and access to a private beach.
This four Bedroom Beach House is located on the shores of Fleet Bay has access to a quiet and unspoiled beach.
The cottage (meaning 'little bay' in Gaelic) is located on the waterfront with its own private beach. There's also five acres of woodland with picturesque gardens to enjoy too.
This renovated 1760 two-storey townhouse is located in the picturesque Lerwick and has lovely beach views.
Part of award-winning Knockinaam Lodge, Shingle Cottage has wonderful views across the seas to Northern Ireland.
This luxurious cottage may be the ultimate romantic getaway as it has a hot tub and private beach access, where guests can often see dolphins.