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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.

Helen's Bay Beach,

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

Northern Ireland Blue Flag Beaches,

From golden sands to pebbled shores Northern Ireland boasts some of the most beautiful coastline in Europe.

Ballyholme Beach,

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

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.

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.

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