East Strand Beach, Portrush

East Strand Beach, at the heart of the coastal resort of Portrush, forms a continuum of sand, approx 2.5 miles long, merging into Curran Strand and Whiterocks at its eastern extremity. East Strand Beach is popular for watersports all year round, especially surfing. It is also very popular for family activities, including walking and horse riding. The beach is bounded by an impressive new pedestrian promenade and an extensive dune system hosting the world famous Royal Portrush Golf Course. Excellent views of The Skerries and the Causeway headlands.

Please refer to all safety signage at East Strand Beach and heed advice given by lifeguards during the season (July & August).

Facilities: Free Car Parking (approx. 650 spaces), Dogs allowed (restrictions apply 1 May - 31st Sept), Lifeguard Service (July & August 11:00 - 19:00 daily), Toilets and outside cold showers. The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: disabled toilets and disabled parking. Concrete access ramps onto beach at both ends of promenade. Wide range of amenities and facilities, including coffee shops, restaurants and shops, within walking distance of the beach. Water quality is Excellent.

East Strand Beach and its associated dune system has a rich biodiversity. Sea birds include fulmar, eider, gull, guillemot, gannet and tern. The dune system has been recently stabilised with help from The Conservation Volunteers.

Getting to the start by car:

East Strand Beach car park is located off Causeway Street in Portrush.

Getting to the start by public transport:

A daily bus service passes close to East Strand Beach entrance and Portrush Train Station is approx. 400m from the beach.

Getting to the start on foot:

Tourists can follow the UW/CCW that follows the promenade flanking the beach.  Within Portrush, there are many pedestrian access points giving access to East Strand Beach.

Opening times:

All year round

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Portrush Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

Signposted the Causeway Street, Portrush.
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite
  • Gift Shop
  • Toilets
  • Dogs accepted by arrangement
  • Accept Groups/Coach Parties
  • Open Sundays
  • Open Evenings
  • Open Mondays
  • Picnic Area
  • Parking Available
  • WiFi
  • Baby Changing facilities
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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