Magilligan Strand - Benone Beach

Magilligan Strand - Benone Beach - County Londonderry
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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. Boardwalks offer access through the dunes.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dog free zone within Blue Flag award area 1st May to 30th September inclusive.

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  • Good fishing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Kite surfing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing


  • Childrens play area

Nearest town


OS grid ref.

NV 9185 9654


Limited parking available at beach entrance. Free managed parking on beach during peak season. Car park also available at Benone Tourist Complex - a short walk from the beach. Disabled parking available.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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Magilligan Strand - Benone Beach Reviews

Feb 01st 2021

Wonderful beach, with shells, lovely sand, open sea and great views. Closest thing to heaven on earth.

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