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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.

Northern Ireland Blue Flag Beaches & Marinas 2013: Magilligan-Benone, Portstewart Strand, Portrush West, Whiterocks, Ballycastle Marina, Tyrella Beach, Murlough Beach, Ballyronan Marina

Northern Ireland Seaside Award Beaches 2013:Downhill (R), Castlerock (R), Portstewart (R), Portrush East (R), Ballycastle (R), Crawfordsburn (R), Tyrella (R), Cranfield West (R), Waterfoot (r), Carnlough (r), Ballygally (r), Brown’s Bay (r),
Millisle Beach Park (r), Ballywalter South Beach (r), Murlough (r)
**R = Resort, r = Rural

Download the 2013 Tidy NI Beaches Map Guide

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West Strand Beach, Portrush,

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

Tyrella Beach, Downpatrick

Tyrella beach and conservation area is a small, enclosed dune complex within Dundrum Bay. It is a wide, flat, sandy beach two kilometres long and backed by 25 hectares of mature dunes in a conservation area.

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.

Tyrella Beach,

Flat sandy beach with views of the Mourne Mountains.

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.

Benone Beach,

Golden sandy beach with stunning views.

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