Salmon Rock Beach, Portballintrae

Portballintrae Beach, also known as Salmon Rock Beach, is a small sandy beach located in the heart of this seaside village. It consists mainly of a sandy area with a rocky shoreline at either end and enclosed by offshore rocks. Portballintrae Beach is accessed by steps at each end from the road and footpath above. This is a very enclosed area, popular with families and small children, although swimming is not encouraged due to dangerous conditions. There is an ample car park, picnic area, toilets and shop adjacent to the beach.

Swimming at Portballintrae Beach (Salmon Rock) is strongly discouraged. Please refer to all safety signage at the beach. There is no Lifeguard service at this beach.

Facilities: Car Parking, Dogs Allowed, Picnic Sites, Toilets. The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: disabled toilets and disabled parking. Sloping walkway from main car park to beach. Water quality is Excellent.

Portballintrae Beach does not have any environmental protection designations, although part of the neighbouring West Bay beach to the west and Runkerry Strand (Bushfoot Strand) to the east are designated as ASSIs.

Getting to the start by car:

Portballintrae Beach (Salmon Rock) is located at the end of Beach Road (dead end) within the village. The B145 provides access from the main A2 coast road.

Getting to the start by public transport:

A daily bus service serves the village.

Getting to the start on foot:

Tourists can follow the UW/CCW that passes through Portballintrae village, passing Portballintrae Beach. The beach is accessible on foot at both ends, via a set of steps to the south west and a sloping walkway to the north east.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Bushmills Visitor Information Centre
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