Northern Ireland Blue Flag Beaches

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

With stunning natural formations and picturesque backdrops there is something to suit every mood and activity; whether it’s walking amongst the sand dunes, lazing on the white sands or exploring the rock pools.  Every haven of the glorious coastline is unique and unforgettable.

Northern Ireland’s beaches have been recognised for achieving the numerous criteria set by the Blue Flag and six beaches, and two marinas, were given the prestigious title in 2012 in a record year for local beaches. 

The Blue Flag has become the international measure of beaches since it began in 1985.  It is a highly effective monitoring system because beaches have to satisfy stringent criteria including litter-free sands, accessibility, safety facilities and guideline bathing water quality as set by the EU Bathing Water Directive.

2013 NI Blue Flag Beaches


Co. Londonderry: Magilligan, BenonePortstewart Strand |


Co. Antrim: Portrush West | Whiterocks |


Co. Down: Tyrella | Murlough


2013 NI Blue Flag Marinas


Co. Londonderry: Ballyronan Marina


Co. Antrim: Ballycastle Marina

Download a map guide to our award-winning-beaches and marinas 2013 from TIDY Northern Ireland.

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Contact Details

PO Box 86
BT38 0AU

Tel: (0845) 8620686