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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

Crawfordsburn Country Park, Helen's Bay,

With two excellent beaches, spectacular scenery and views across Belfast Lough, tranquil walks through peaceful meadows and wooded glens and a stunning waterfall, Crawfordsburn Country Park provides a relaxing natural retreat.

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.

Magilligan Point Nature Reserve, Limavady

Magilligan Point is the tip of one of the largest sand dune systems in the British Isles. The way the coastline constantly changes here is of particular interest and is one of the main reasons the site has been declared a nature reserve.

West Strand Beach,

Award winning beach in the heart of the resort of Portrush.

Ballycastle Beach,

Ballycastle Beach offers stunning views of Rathlin Island and Fairhead ans is approximately 1.2 kilometres in length.

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.

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