Imagine a beach: a quiet place, with only the noise of the sea and the gulls in the background. It’s a hot day. There is just the sea, the sun, and the beach: a little paradise.

A beach


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A beach

By John Russell

Imagine a beach; a quiet place, with only the noise of the sea and the gulls in the background. There are boats floating near the shore and a few people swimming in the water next to them. It’s a hot day, and there are some people lying on the sand enjoying the sunshine and slowly going brown. There are no shops, no people making noises, no loud music, everything is peaceful. There is just the sea, the sun, and the beach; a little paradise.

Where is it?

The beach is on the south coast of Scotland, near a little town called Gatehouse of Fleet in the county of Dumfries and Galloway. 22 years ago my family and I found this place for the first time and we have never really left it. Every year in the summer while other people go on holiday to foreign countries and exotic places, we go to our private paradise and relax. There is a little campsite with tents and caravans next to the beach, and this becomes our home for one month every year.

Growing up

For a child a beach is a wonderful place. Here I found lots of space to run and play on the sand or to swim in the water. Being a campsite there were always lots of other families with children to play with. Another of my favourite activities was climbing on the rocks and cliffs around the beach. Rock pools were very educational places where I used to study the little fish and sea animals. Silence was also important; at school I was always surrounded by people and noise but the beach gave me the chance to be on my own and think, or read, away from anyone else.


Although the sea can be beautiful, this beach is sometimes a dangerous place to be. When the weather is bad there are often storms with strong winds. When this happens the waves can get up to 2-3 metres high – definitely not weather for swimming. Every year some of the boats anchored on the beach are lost because the sea is so rough. I remember holding down our tent to stop the wind blowing it away on many occasions! However, if the waves weren’t too high all the children (and some adults) used to go swimming in life jackets, as it was very exciting.

An interesting hobby

Sailing is a very serious activity in the UK, and this beach is no different. There are large racing boats for three or more people, smaller boats (such as the Topper) for just one or two people, fishing boats and windsurfers. In fact people on this beach are willing to try any type of water-sport; water skiing, speed boating, even the recent sport of sail surfing is becoming popular. Over the years my family has had 4 different boats, from a small Topper to a large Caprice for racing. We have sailed, raced, and fished off the boats, and have even capsized in bad weather a few times.


If this beach had been next to a town or near a popular tourist area I don’t think we would have continued going there. But its location is very beautiful indeed. It’s in the middle of green countryside with many different types of plants and flowers, and in the background the hills of Galloway can be seen. Lots of photographers and artists come to the area (also known as the Solway) because they can capture such beautiful scenery.

A refuge

Even after 22 years, the beach is still a sanctuary for me. It’s a place away from the rest of the world where I can forget about life’s problems, and just relax. In today’s modern, busy world, everyone should have a place like this.


anchor (v.): to make something or someone stay in one position by fastening them firmly.

campsite (n.): a piece of land where people on holiday can camp, usually with toilets and places for washing.

capsize (v.): to (cause a boat or ship to) turn upside down accidentally while on water.

capture (v.): to record or take a picture of something using a camera.

caravan (n.): a wheeled vehicle for living or travelling in, especially for holidays, which contains beds and cooking equipment and can be pulled by a car.

cliff (n.): a high area of rock with a very steep side, often on a coast.

float (v.): to stay on the surface of a liquid and not sink.

gulls (n.): a sea bird with black and white or grey and white feathers.

life jacket (n.): a piece of equipment, like a jacket without sleeves, which is filled with air or light material and designed to help someone float if they fall into water.

paradise (n.): a place or condition of great happiness where everything is exactly as you would like it to be.

refuge (n.): (a place which gives) protection or shelter from danger, trouble, unhappiness, etc.

rock pool (n.): a small area of sea water contained by the rocks around it.

sanctuary (n.): protection or a safe place.

tent (n.): a shelter made of cloth, which you can fold up and carry with you and which is supported by poles and ropes.

water-sport (n.): sports which take place on or in water





This lesson remembers me ,when I lived in a town near the beach. I used to go every day to the beach, sun or rain. Especially the clouds above the sea, were always different in their beauty !

Hello It's the first time that I dare to write something. I tried to write a little summary :
John Russel gives us the reasons why he loves this little paradise of Gatehouse of Fleet in Scotland.
He likes to rest and to hear to the seewaves and sea gull’s noises. Nothing to hear, nothing to do except reading and dreaming on the beach, bathing in the sea, admiring storms and sunsets.
He tells us that he went there as he was a child and that he grew up among this landscape he still loves nowadays.
How not to adopt this land ?

Thanks for this good article which gives me ideas for my next holidays !

Kindly correct me- For a child, a beach is a correct or without (,) is correct?

Hello Hla Aung,

The comma is perfect fine here in my opinion and helps to make the sentence clearer for the reader.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Well, I love staying on the sand watching the sea and listening the sound of the sea and birds . Its make me feel relax and happy . Can't wait for going there .

It is wonderful lesson for me. Thanks!

I always dream about going in a caravan to Scotland, all along the coutry side. I love walking in the sand or reading a nice book in the afternoon covered with a soft blanket.
I'd like the noise of the sea even when there's a storm, It's a bit scary I know but I like it.
I hope do it someday!

Having a holiday on the beach is a good way to remove stress. I love beaches where I can lie down on the mood sand, hear the sound of the wave or swim in the cool water. All these are wonderful and I can be away from the noise, and polluted living in busy city.

I can't swim so I go to the beach just to relax and have fun with friends. But sometimes I like to go to the beach alone, especially during the week, when there are few people and you just hear the sound of the waves.

I'm fond of the sea in all seasons, even in winter; but, in summer, I dislike the crowded beaches with music, peddlers and many rude people. I prefer a beach like this described by John Russell. Though I detest campsites, caravans, ecc. I enjoy staying in a small and picturesque hotel or in bed and breakfast, with all comforts.