Coast: Celebrities’ favourite sea views

From Stephen Fry on the Norfolk coastline to Kirsty Young on the Highlands, the stars share their must-sees

Coast explores coves, harbours and headlands around the UK, showcasing the beauty of the landscape and talking to the people who populate our coastal areas. We asked a number of celebrities to tell us where they go to take the sea air…

Bryn Terfel, opera singer

“I grew up on the Lleyn Peninsula in north Wales (above) and it’s still home to me and my family. It’s a truly inspirational coastline and encompasses so many wonderful things – stunning golf courses, lovely towns and villages and, of course, fantastic scenery. And Bardsey Island, with its very special old church, is a magical place of pilgrimage.”


Jenny Agutter, actress

“Cornwall, for me, is a very magical place, where I am constantly discovering new things. We’re dominated by the landscape, and there’s a real sense of the ancient here. I love taking long walks and particularly enjoy the coastal path to Kynance Cove on the Lizard peninsula, where great rocks of serpentine rise from the sea.”

Kate Humble, TV presenter

“My favourite spots are at the very north and south of Britain. The area around Unapool and Loch Glendhu in the Scottish Highlands is just stunning – the colours are so vivid. Nearby Handa Island is a haven for seabirds and well worth a visit. Down south, the Dorset coastline between Lulworth Cove and Charmouth is magnificent.”

Kirsty Young, newsreader

“My favourite place in the world is the tiny island of Eilean Shona in the Highlands, between Skye and Oban. The water is clear and the sand is white; you see seals off the rocks and you can eat the oysters from the shellfish beds. There’s peace and solitude and even the lichen on the tree stumps is a vivid emerald green. It’s Scotland at its best.”

Stephen Fry, actor and presenter

“Beyond question, the north Norfolk coastline is the place where I feel happiest in the world: from Dersingham to Blakeney is just superb. It’s the beaches, the tide, the skies, the birds and the fishermen, the people who live and work there. It’s in danger of becoming Notting Hill-by-the-sea, it’s so desirable.”

Kirsty Wark, journalist and presenter

“I think Arran is one of the most beautiful islands in Scotland. We regularly go there and walk along the shore road from Lamlash. You can hop on the train at Central Station in Glasgow and an hour later you’re at the ferry to Brodick. There’s plenty of harder walking on the island, too, but the walk from Brodick around to Lamlash is lovely.”

Benedict Allen, explorer


“The cliffs between Lyme Regis and Charmouth in Dorset are my favourite stretch of coastline. I used to go fossil hunting there as a child, but I also loved the excitement of the cliff falls, the shore continually adjusting to the demands of the sea. Further along the coast, near Swanage, a hideaway cove called Chapman’s Pool is well worth seeking out.”