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Top 5 Beaches Around Portrush and Portstewart

Nestled along the stunning North Coast of Northern Ireland, the areas around Portrush and Portstewart are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Whether you’re a local looking for a quick getaway, a family in search of a fun day out, or a couple seeking a romantic walk by the sea, these beaches offer something for everyone. Here’s a friendly guide to the top 5 beaches on the North Coast, perfect for holidaymakers of all kinds, including our four-legged friends.

Portstewart Strand

A jewel in the crown of the North Coast, Portstewart Strand is a two-mile stretch of golden sand that offers breathtaking views and a wide array of activities. Managed by the National Trust, this beach is not only a haven for surfers and swimmers but also a fantastic spot for a leisurely walk or a family picnic. The dunes behind the beach are a designated Area of Special Scientific Interest and provide a beautiful backdrop for your beach day. Plus, the beach is dog-friendly, so your furry friends can join in the fun too.

Whiterocks Beach, Portrush

Famed for its stunning limestone cliffs and azure waters, Whiterocks Beach is a surfer’s paradise. Located just east of Portrush, this beach is renowned for its excellent surfing conditions and breathtaking coastal walks. The rock formations and caves along the beach provide an interesting exploration ground for families and couples alike. The beach is lifeguarded during the summer months, making it a safe spot for swimming and water sports. Dogs are welcome, so it’s a great place for a walk with your canine companion outside of the peak summer times.

East Strand Beach, Portrush

Stretching from the east side of Portrush towards the White Rocks, East Strand Beach is a vibrant spot bustling with activity. It’s perfect for those looking to catch some waves, with surf schools and rental shops readily available. The beach is also a fantastic place for a brisk walk or jog, offering stunning views of the coastline and the Skerries islands. The promenade that runs alongside the beach is accessible and provides easy access to the town’s amenities, making it a convenient option for families.

Castlerock Beach

A bit further afield but well worth the visit, Castlerock Beach is a spacious and scenic option for those looking to escape the more popular spots. This beach is ideal for long walks, horse riding, and even fishing, with the majestic Mussenden Temple perched on the cliffs above, providing a stunning backdrop. The beach is also dog-friendly, offering plenty of space for your pets to run and play. The nearby village of Castlerock has quaint cafes and shops if you’re looking to grab a bite or browse local crafts.

Benone Strand

Stretching for seven miles, Benone Strand is one of the longest beaches in Northern Ireland and offers panoramic views of the North Coast, from Donegal to Scotland. This Blue Flag beach is a hit with families thanks to its clean waters, ample parking, and the variety of activities available, including a supervised play area and tennis courts. The beach is also accessible, ensuring everyone can enjoy the beauty of the area. Water sports enthusiasts will find plenty to keep them entertained, with conditions suitable for surfing, bodyboarding, and more. Dogs are allowed on certain sections of the beach, so it’s a great spot for a walk with your furry friend.

Making the Most of Your Visit

When visiting these beautiful North Coast beaches, remember to respect the natural environment. Always follow local guidelines, especially regarding dogs during peak seasons, and take your litter home. These beaches are not just stunning natural landscapes but also habitats for a variety of wildlife.

Each beach along the North Coast has its unique charm, offering a perfect backdrop for creating lasting memories. Whether you’re building sandcastles with the kids, enjoying a romantic sunset, or simply taking a moment to breathe in the fresh sea air, these beaches provide a serene escape for all.

So, pack your beach bag, grab your sunscreen, and head to one of these top beaches around Portrush and Portstewart. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, the North Coast’s shores are waiting to welcome you with open arms.

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