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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

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.

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.

Ballyholme Beach,

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

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.

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.

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.

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