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 Whiterocks. 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.

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    1. Whiterocks Beach

    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…

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    2. 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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    3. 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.


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    4. Ballycastle Beach

    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…

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    5. 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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    6. Brown's Bay

    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.…

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    7. 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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    8. Waterfoot Beach

    This long strip of sand at the foot of the Antrim Glens is one of the most popular on this stretch of the Co Antrim coast. Despite its relative popularity Waterfoot beach still manages to retain a fairly tranquil laid-back feel. Backed…

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    9. 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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    10. 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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