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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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Ballycastle Beach,

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

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.

West Strand Beach, Portrush,

Award winning beach in the heart of the resort of Portrush.

Portrush Whiterocks Beach, Portrush

Recently awarded with the prestigious 2013 Blue Flag Award, Portrush Whiterocks Beach has become a favourite with locals and a must see destination for international visitors.

Helen's Bay Beach,

Beautiful sandy beach with excellent facilities, all within twenty minutes drive of Belfast.

Ballyholme Beach,

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

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