Watching the sunset in Cornwall

Nothing quite beats the romance of watching the sunset. Each will be different – depending on where you are, the current weather and cloud formations. Taking the time out to simply sit and watch the natural occurrence that happens every day is incredibly calming, and good for the soul. The best sunset settings tend to be over water, with the golden reflections tinting each wave and puddle.

There are so many beautiful places to watch the spectacle in Cornwall – but the basic rule is to find a west facing beach, and luckily for us, the Scarlet is set just above one. Here are some of our favourite places to capture the sunset:

Mawgan Porth


We’re obviously biased, but we’re perfectly positioned for sunset gazing with the sun setting just over the water. The experience of watching from the warmth of one of our cliff top hot tubs, with a glass of something bubbly and your loved one beside you really is hard to beat.

Pentire Headland, Newquay


Just a short drive away you can watch the sky turn pink from Pentire Headland which overlooks the beautiful white sand beach of Pentire. It can sometimes be a bit breezy, but you can watch from the comfort of your car – maybe bring a picnic with you, or a parcel of hot fish and chips.

Watergate Bay


The stunning, long sandy beach of Watergate Bay faces perfectly towards the sunset – making it another wonderful place to spend the evening. Right on the beach is the Fifteen restaurant which serves tapas at the bar and Italian-inspired three-course menus.

Bedruthan Steps


With it’s rugged coastline and huge rock stacks, it makes for the most dramatic sunset setting. Turn up on an early evening in May and June to see the cliffs awash with a pink carpet of sea thrift.



With a three-mile stretch of golden sands and a bar on the beach, Perranporth is another great place to be when the sun sets. There is even a tidal pool you can bathe in as you watch. Walk further north when the tide is out and you’ll find the sand dunes of Penhale Sands to shelter in too.

Minack Theatre


For a really spectacular experience, take the long journey down to the tip of Cornwall to the Minack Theatre, watching a stunning performance whilst the sun sets behind is something not to be missed.