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Sea Swimming

Portstewart Strand

Strand Road , Portstewart Tel/Fax: 028 7083 6396

This magnificent two-mile strand, owned and managed by the National Trust, stretches from Portstewart to the Bann estuary. The Trust has created a way-marked path from the beach to the Bann. Take this opportunity to watch many birds feeding on the mudflats - part of the Barmouth Nature Reserve. Car parking is available on the beach and a charge is made during high season.

Toilet facilities with disabled access open May - August daily 10am - 6pm .

West Bay Portrush

Dhu Varren, Portrush

West Bay was recently granted a European Blue Flag premier seaside award reflecting cleanliness and safety of both beach and water. The gentle promenade walk is popular all year round. Enjoy views of the bustling harbour and the coming and going of the small boats.



East Strand

Causeway Street, Portrush

This beach stretches from Portrush to the White Rocks with superb views over the Skerries to the Scottish Islands . It is backed by an extensive dune system and the famous Royal Portrush golf course.



White Rocks

Bushmills Road, Portrush

The White Rocks are a famous striking landmark on the North Coast , the limestone formations containing many fossils from earlier times. The dunes which back onto the famous Royal Portrush Golf Course, are included in an ongoing conservation programme to safeguard their future.




Downhill Strand

Seacoast Road, Downhill

A beautiful sandy beach, with Dunes which back onto the championship Golf Course. Explore rock pools, fish off the pier, investigate the Nature Reserve at the Barmouth, or simply admire the superb views of Mussenden Temple, Donegal and the Foyle Estuary.




Castlerock Beach

Sea Road, Castlerock

A beautiful sandy beach with dunes which back onto the championship golf course. Explore rock pools, fish off the pier, investigate the Nature Reserve at the Barmouth, or simply admire the superb views of Musseden Temple , Donegal and the Foyle estuary. Stroll along the beach to the Barmouth and watch the waters of the Bann mix with the Atlantic.




The Herring Pond Portstewart

Kinora Terrace

Bounded by 2 sea walls this is a deep sea water pool where sea water is trapped and when the sun is shinning heated to a temperature a little warmer than the sea.





Port-na-happle Portstewart

A natural inlet where the seabed gently shelves out to sea. Nice to swim in but as it is open to the tides so expect Atlantic sea temperatures.







Portstewart Cresent

Motorised bumper boats, miniature cars, paddling pools, bouncy castle and play area 'Beach Club' facilities include a shop, café and toilets. The bandstand area provides an ideal setting for concert and street entertainment with tiered seating giving a 'theatrical effect'.