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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 2016, 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 eleven beaches have received the UK-wide Seaside Award, which recognises resort and rural beaches with good water quality. 

Portstewart Strand was also named as the Best Blue Flag Beach in the UK (Holidaylettings.co.uk, 2016).  Out of the twelve Blue Flag beaches from around the UK nominated, Portstewart Strand was the only competitor from Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Blue Flag Beaches & Marinas 2016

Blue Flag Beach

Magilligan, Benone (County Londonderry)

Magilligan, Downhill (County Londonderry)

Castlerock (County Londonderry)

Portstewart Strand (County Londonderry)

Portrush West (County Antrim)

Whiterocks (County Antrim)

Crawfordsburn (County Down)

Tyrella Beach (County Down)

Murlough Beach (County Down)

Cranfield Bay (County Down)

Blue Flag Marinas

Ballycastle (County Antrim

Ballyronan (County Londonderry)

Northern Ireland Seaside Award Beaches 2016

Resort

Portstewart Strand (County Londonderry)

Portrush East (County Antrim)

Ballycastle (County Antrim)

Crawfordsburn (County Down)

Rural

Waterfoot (County Antrim)

Ballygally (County Antrim)

Browns Bay (County Antrim)

Ballywalter South (County Down)

Carnlough (County Antrim)

Groomsport (County Down)

Millisle (County Down)


Fancy a day out at one of  Northern Ireland's stunning beaches, check out our Beaches Blog for some ideas.

Just Some Ideas

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.

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.

East Strand Beach, Portrush,

Golden sandy beach with views of The Skerries and Causeway headlands.

Donaghadee - Harbour & Lighthouse, Newtownards

Donaghadee lies on the Irish Sea coast and as such is popular with water enthusiasts, anglers and those who simply like to be beside the seaside.

Salmon Rock Beach, Portballintrae,

Small sandy beach in the heart of the seaside village of Portballintrae.

Helen's Bay Beach,

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

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