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Northern Ireland Beaches

Within Northern Ireland you will find some of the most spectacular beaches in Europe. The naturally stunning formations of the coastline provide long stretches of golden sand and impressive sand dunes.

Whether you want a beach with all the amenities including picnic and barbeque facilities for a family day out on a summer's day, activites including watersports or just fancy a brisk walk in the cool winter air, our beaches offer a truly unforgettable experience.

In 2014 eighteen of our beaches and two marinas received awards for exceeding tough standards for water quality and visitor facilities.

Northern Ireland Blue Flag Beaches & Marinas 2014: Magilligan-Benone, Downhill, Portstewart Strand, Portrush West, Portrush East, Whiterocks, Tyrella Beach, Murlough Beach, Ballycastle Marina, Ballyronan Marina

Northern Ireland Seaside Award Beaches 2014: Castlerock, Portstewart, Portrush East, Ballycastle, Waterfoot, Carnlough, Ballygally, Brown’s Bay, Crawfordsburn, Millisle Beach Park, Ballywalter South Beach, Tyrella Beach, Murlough Beach, Cranfield West

Download the 2014 Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Award Winning Beaches & Marinas Map Guide

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Portstewart Strand and Barmouth, Portstewart

Between Portstewart and the mouth of the River Bann lies the golden sands and domineering sand dunes of Portrush Strand Beach. This area of natural beauty and of scientific interest is owned and managed by the National Trust.

Magilligan Point Nature Reserve, Limavady

Magilligan Point is the tip of one of the largest sand dune systems in the British Isles. The way the coastline constantly changes here is of particular interest and is one of the main reasons the site has been declared a nature reserve.

Castlerock Beach, Castlerock, Coleraine

Castlerock is a 1km (0.7 mile) long stretch of beach between the sea cliffs of Downhill to the west and the Lower River Bann estuary known as the Barmouth to the east. Castlerock has been awarded a Northern Ireland Seaside Award 2014.

East Strand Beach, Portrush,

Stunning golden sandy resort beach with excellent views of The Skerries and Causeway headlands. Wide range of amenities and attractions in close proximity to the beach. Popular for watersports all year round, especially surfing.

Downhill Beach, Castlerock, Coleraine

Downhill is a golden sandy beach stretching from Downhill Cliffs in the east towards Magilligan Point. It's overlooked by one of Northern Ireland's leading landmarks, Mussenden Temple, and benefits from classic views of the Donegal Coast and beyond.

Ballycastle Beach,

Ballycastle Beach offers stunning views of Rathlin Island and Fairhead ans is approximately 1.2 kilometres in length.

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