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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 2015, 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 ten beaches have received the UK-wide Seaside Award, which recognises resort and rural beaches with good water quality.

Northern Ireland Blue Flag Beaches & Marinas 2015

Magilligan, Benone (County Londonderry)

Magilligan, Downhill (County Londonderry)

Castlerock (County Londonderry)

Portstewart Strand (County Londonderry)

Ballyronan Marina (County Londonderry)

Portrush West (County Antrim)

Whiterocks (County Antrim)

Ballycastle Marina (County Antrim)

Crawfordsburn (County Down)

Tyrella Beach (County Down)

Murlough Beach (County Down)

Cranfield Bay (County Down)

Northern Ireland Seaside Award Beaches 2015


Portstewart Strand (County Londonderry)

Portrush East (County Antrim)

Ballycastle (County Antrim)

Crawfordsburn (County Down)

Tyrella Beach (County Down)

Cranfield Bay (County Down)


Waterfoot (County Antrim)

Ballygally (County Antrim)

Browns Bay (County Antrim)

Murlough Beach (County Down)

See map for KNIB Northern Ireland's Awarding Winning Beaches and Marinas -

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East Strand Beach, Portrush,

Stunning golden sandy resort beach with excellent views of The Skerries and Causeway headlands. Wide range of amenities and attractions in close proximity to the beach. Popular for watersports all year round, especially surfing.

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.

Whiterocks Beach, Portrush, Portrush

Awarded the prestigious Blue Flag Award again in 2015, Whiterocks Beach has become a favourite with locals and a must see destination for international visitors.

Ballyholme Beach,

The mile long crescent of sandy beach curving along Ballyholme bay has been a favourite sea bathing spot for generations.

Tyrella Beach, Downpatrick

Tyrella beach and conservation area is a small, enclosed dune complex within Dundrum Bay. It is a wide, flat, sandy beach two kilometres long and backed by 25 hectares of mature dunes in a conservation area.

Salmon Rock Beach, Portballintrae,

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

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