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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 2015, ten of our beaches as well as two marinas have received the international Blue Flag, which recognises first class facilities and the highest standards of water quality.  A further ten beaches have received the UK-wide Seaside Award, which recognises resort and rural beaches with good water quality.

Northern Ireland Blue Flag Beaches & Marinas 2015

Magilligan, Benone (County Londonderry)

Magilligan, Downhill (County Londonderry)

Castlerock (County Londonderry)

Portstewart Strand (County Londonderry)

Ballyronan Marina (County Londonderry)

Portrush West (County Antrim)

Whiterocks (County Antrim)

Ballycastle Marina (County Antrim)

Crawfordsburn (County Down)

Tyrella Beach (County Down)

Murlough Beach (County Down)

Cranfield Bay (County Down)

Northern Ireland Seaside Award Beaches 2015

Resort

Portstewart Strand (County Londonderry)

Portrush East (County Antrim)

Ballycastle (County Antrim)

Crawfordsburn (County Down)

Tyrella Beach (County Down)

Cranfield Bay (County Down)

Rural

Waterfoot (County Antrim)

Ballygally (County Antrim)

Browns Bay (County Antrim)

Murlough Beach (County Down)


See map for KNIB Northern Ireland's Awarding Winning Beaches and Marinas - http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/attachment.aspx?attachmentID=1992

Just Some Ideas

Magilligan Martello Tower, Limavady

The Martello Tower at Magilligan is a well known landmark, built between 1812 and 1817 during the Napoleonic Wars, to guard against possible French invasion.

Whiterocks Beach, Portrush, Portrush

Awarded the prestigious Blue Flag Award again in 2015, Whiterocks Beach has become a favourite with locals and a must see destination for international visitors.

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.

Ballyholme Beach,

The mile long crescent of sandy beach curving along Ballyholme bay has been a favourite sea bathing spot for generations.

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.

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.

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