The Beach Guide

Best beaches in County Antrim

Below are a list of the top 10 beaches in County Antrim as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in County Antrim is Glenarm. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in County Antrim just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • Glenarm Beach © Kenneth Allen | BY-SA

    1. Glenarm Beach

    Glenarm is a thin, mostly pebble beach, stretching for about 300 meters from a small river mouth and the village harbour at the eastern end towards the end of the village to the west. Sitting at the foot of the Glens of Antrim the beach…

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  • Curran (East) Strand Beach (Portrush) © Willie Duffin | BY-SA

    2. Curran (East) Strand Beach (Portrush)

    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…

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  • Cushendun Beach © Eric Jones | BY-SA

    3. Cushendun Beach

    This sandy, rural beach is set on a gently curving bay and is backed by the charming village of Cushendun. Many of the picturesque buildings in the village, some of which are managed by the National Trust, have a distinctly Cornish feel…

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  • Giant's Causeway Beach © Anne Burgess | BY-SA

    4. Giant's Causeway Beach

    Whilst it is a bit of a stretch to describe the Giant's Causeway itself as a beach it just about qualifies and given its significance we didn't want to leave it out. The Causeway is named after the naturally formed interlocking hexagonal…

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  • Ballygally Beach © Anne Burgess | BY-SA

    5. Ballygally Beach

    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…

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  • Whiterocks Beach © Albert Bridge | BY-SA

    6. Whiterocks Beach

    Whiterocks is a sandy beach, popular with surfers and bodyboarders, on a stretch of coast famous for its unique limestone cliffs, which have been eroded over time into a labarynth of specatacular caves and arches including Shelagh's Head,…

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  • Whitepark Bay © Anne Burgess | BY-SA

    7. Whitepark Bay

    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…

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  • Cushendall Beach © Anne Burgess | BY-SA

    8. Cushendall Beach

    Cushendall is a smallish, sandy beach, about 250 meters long, slightly to the north of the town of Cushendall, part of the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is backed by a grassy area, excellent for picnics,…

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  • Mill Strand Beach (Portrush) © Richard Webb | BY-SA

    9. Mill Strand Beach (Portrush)

    Mill Strand is a golden, sandy beach looking west from the small seaside resort town of Portrush. The quaint old harbour is found at the northern end of the beach, which is backed by a long promenade for walkers and cyclists. Behind the…

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  • Carnlough Beach © Kenneth Allen | BY-SA

    10. Carnlough Beach

    The quiet fishing village of Carnlough is set at the foot of the Antrim Glens. As well as a pretty harbour Carnlough has a pleasant sandy beach that stretches around the bay. Towards the village end the beach tends to disappear under the…

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