Brown's Bay

  • Brown's Bay - County Antrim
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  • Brown's Bay - County Antrim
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  • Brown's Bay - County Antrim
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  • Brown’s Bay is a sandy, crescent-shaped beach sitting at the northern end of County Antrim’s Islandmagee Peninsula.

    The beach is slightly over 300 metres in length with a crossable stream running down the middle and into the bay. Thanks to its sheltered location, the water is calm and a good place to go swimming during the warmer summer months.

    The beach offers excellent rural views, with the mountainous Antrim countryside visible on the horizon to the north west. Behind the beach there is a grassy area which is a good spot for a picnic or simply for sitting and admiring the surrounding views. A number of scenic routes make walking on and around the beach a popular pastime.

    Dogs must be kept on a lead between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm from the beginning of June until the end of August, plus public holidays and any other times when the beach is busy. Dog bins are provided.

    A car park with 150 spaces, with public toilets and baby changing facilities sits opposite the beach which can be accessed down a short ramp, or down a set of stairs. Above the western end of the beach a small shop is open much of the time. Larne Golf Club is nearby, to the north west of the beach, overlooking the bay.

    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs allowed

    Although Browns Bay is dog-friendly year round, from June to August (inclusive), between 11.00am and 6.00pm dogs must be on a lead not more than 6ft long. This rule also extends to bank holidays.

    County Antrim dog friendly beaches »


    • Swimming/bathing


    • Toilets
    • Pub nearby
    • Picnic area

    Nearest town


    OS grid ref.

    NW 5842 5743


    Parking is available next to the beach

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating

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