Best beaches in County Londonderry

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Below are a list of the top 12 beaches in County Londonderry as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

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

  • 1. Downhill Strand Beach

    Downhill Strand © Kenneth Allen

    Downhill Strand beach forms the eastern end of a magnificent 7 mile (11km) stretch of sand and surf centred on the town of Castlerock. The beach at Downhill runs from just west of Castlerock to Magilligan Point.

    This is some of the most scenic coastline in Northern Ireland and there are fantastic views along the cliffs…

  • 2. The Strand Portstewart Beach

    The Strand Portstewart © Des Colhoun | BY-SA

    Widely regarded as one of the best beaches in Northern Ireland, Portstewart Strand is a long sandy beach perfect for sand castles, beach games, and picnicking. It stretches for two miles and is popular with walkers, surfers, horse-riders and bird watchers.

    The views from this beach are stunning, including the Mussenden Temple, high on one of…

  • 3. Benone Beach

    Benone Beach © John.purvis

    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.

  • 4. Castlerock Beach

    Castlerock © Castlerock Golf Club

    The sandy beach at Castlerock is backed by an extensive system of sand dunes which form part of the Binevenagh AONB. Here you have the best of both worlds; a lovely wide beach with plenty of wild charm but with all the convenience of having the holiday village of Castlerock right behind.

    From the basalt cliffs…