Northern Ireland Blue Flag Beaches

21 May
From golden sands to pebbled shores, Northern Ireland boasts some of the most beautiful coastline anywhere.

With stunning natural formations and picturesque backdrops there is something to suit every mood and activity; whether it’s walking amongst the sand dunes, lazing on the white sands or exploring the rock pools. Every haven of the glorious coastline is unique and unforgettable.

The Blue Flag has become the international measure of beaches since it began in 1985, and some of Northern Ireland’s beaches have been recognised under this standard. Award-winning beaches must satisfy stringent criteria including litter-free sands, safety equipment, accessible facilities and excellent bathing water quality.

Detailed information about Northern Irish beaches can be found at
More information about the Blue Flag programme and other award-winning beaches and parks in Northern Ireland can be found at
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

Northern Irish beaches are open year-round, but the bathing season generally runs from Early May until mid-September. During this period extra facilities such as lifeguards may be available. Please check the local information for each beach.


All of the award-winning beaches are free to enter; however, some charge for car-parking on site. Please refer to the individual beach on for more information.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Visit Belfast Welcome Centre Tourist Information

Location / Directions

Directions available via websites of the various locations.
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