‘Forget Miami, Edinburgh has the best beach’: Irvine Welsh and others on their favourite coastline

From solitary dips to teenage trysts, Irvine Welsh, Sebastian Barry, Kamila Shamsie, Cerys Matthews and Emma Jane Unsworth tell the stories behind the beaches they love

10 of the best beach bars in France

Trays of oysters, iced rosé, swordfish brochettes, even Trump-inspired cocktails … these bars de plage boast superb fare and sunshine vibes