Best Beaches in Northern Ireland

Below are a list of the best and most beautiful 15 beaches in Northern Ireland as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current top-rated beach in Northern Ireland is Whiterocks. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Northern Ireland just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • 1. Whiterocks Beach

    © Albert Bridge | BY-SA

    Whiterocks is a two mile stretch of sandy beach starting (or ends) in Portrush at the East Strand beach. The height of the waves makes Whiterocks popular with water sports enthusiasts, including anglers, bodyboarders, surfers, and surf kayakers. Equipment…

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  • 2. The Strand Portstewart Beach

    © Des Colhoun | BY-SA

    Widely regarded as one of the best beaches in Northern Ireland, Portstewart Strand is a long sandy beach perfect for sand castles, beach games, and picnicking. It stretches for two miles and is popular with walkers, surfers, horse-riders and bird watchers.…

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  • 3. Downhill Strand Beach

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    Downhill Strand beach forms the eastern end of a magnificent 7 mile (11km) stretch of sand and surf centred on the town of Castlerock. The beach at Downhill runs from just west of Castlerock to Magilligan Point. This is some of the most scenic coastline in…

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  • 4. Ballygally Beach

    © Anne Burgess | BY-SA

    Ballygally is a fairly small, sandy beach that is popular with both locals and tourists who come here to enjoy a paddle during the summer months and for fishing during the rest of the year. This is also 'Game of Thrones' country with some scenes being filmed…

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  • 5. Murlough Beach

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    Murlough is a vast, five-mile long, golden sand beach, nestling under the beautiful Mourne Mountains. The winds along this stretch of the coast can be strong, making it a popular place for surfing, kite surfing, and windsurfing. However, the main attraction…

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  • 6. Tyrella Beach (Clough)

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    The flat, wide, sandy beach of Tyrella in Downpatrick, County Down, is an enclosed two kilometre complex of dunes within Dundrum Bay. It backs on to 25 hectares of mature dunes located in a conservation area. There are pleasant scenic walks nearby, and…

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  • 7. Castlerock Beach

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    The sandy beach at Castlerock is backed by an extensive system of sand dunes which form part of the Binevenagh AONB. Here you have the best of both worlds; a lovely wide beach with plenty of wild charm but with all the convenience of having the holiday village…

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  • 8. Ballywalter Beach

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    Ballywalter is a sandy beach to the south of Ballywalter village, stretching along the coast for about 3 kilometres. The beach is in a rural setting, backed mostly by fields, making it ideal for walkers looking for some peace and quiet. Families will enjoy…

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  • 9. Whitepark Bay

    © Anne Burgess | BY-SA

    Magnificent arc of white sand between two headlands on a relatively secluded stretch of the North Antrim Coast. The headlands provide some shelter from prevailing winds and on the right conditions this is a popular spot with surfers.

    The beach and…

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  • 10. Magilligan Strand - Benone Beach

    © Luke CarrĂ© | BY-SA

    Magilligan Strand is a seven-mile stretch of sand backed by one of the largest dune systems in the UK. Popular with surfers, swimmers and walkers, the beach forms part of a local Nature Reserve. There is a cafe, a caravan park and a supervised paddling pool.…

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  • 11. Newcastle Beach

    © Eric Jones | BY-SA

    This sand and pebble beach lies next to the small seaside resort town of Newcastle, where the beautiful Mourne Mountains sweep down to the sea. The beach is about a mile and a half long, and the scenic views of the nearby mountains make this a popular destination…

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  • 12. Millisle Lagoon Beach

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    Located on the doorstep of the seaside village of Millisle is a small sandy beach. 

    The beach forms a natural seawater lagoon which makes it ideal for swimming. There is also a large open air pool located next to the beach. 


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  • 13. Ballycastle Beach

    © Mat Tuck | BY-SA

    The traditional seaside town of Ballycastle is located on the Causeway Coast Route of Antrim, not far from the Giant's Causeway, Glens of Antrim and Rathlin. It is also home to a particularly fine stretch of sandy beach. The beach runs from Ballycastle's…

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  • 14. Groomsport Beach

    © Ross | BY-SA

    Groomsport is a small, attractive, sandy beach, backed by the residential part of the picturesque village of the same name. A promenade runs along the western end of the beach. A number of rocky outcrops ensure that rockpooling is a popular pastime on the…

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  • 15. Rossglass Beach

    © Eric Jones | BY-SA

    A large sandy beach extending for over a mile. Sandy shingle at high tide with rocks beyond the shoreline

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