Curran (East) Strand Beach (Portrush)

Curran (East) Strand Beach (Portrush) - County Antrim
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Curran Strand forms part of a 4 kilometre strip of sandy beach, to the east of the town of Portrush.  The stretch of sand includes East Strand and White Rocks beaches at the far eastern end. To the rear of the beach an impressive dune system that is home to a rich variety of wildlife. Behind the dune system is the famous Royal Portrush Golf Club. 

The beach is now backed by a long promenade, making walking alongside the spectacular dune system easy. Along the beach, horse riding is also very popular, whilst water sports enthusiasts, particularly surfers, are drawn here for the waves all year round. 

From the beach there are views of the Skerries, a small group of rocky islands off the coast. Lucky visitors may even spot porpoises out in the surf.

A large car park welcomes visitors at the western end of the beach at Sand-Dune Terrace in the town of Portrush. The beach can be accessed either by stairs or a ramp. Toilets can be found nearby at the end of the promenade. 

Facilities such as places to eat, places to drink, and places to stay can be found in Portrush, a short walk to the west from the beach. The small seaside resort town also has a railway station, with services to the nearby larger town of Coleraine.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs restricted.

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  • Crazy golf/putting
  • Sailing
  • Surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • First aid point
  • Lost child centre
  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop
  • Promenade

Nearest town


OS grid ref.

NW 0444 9988


There is a car park on the beach front.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag Award

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