Portstewart Strand and Barmouth
Portstewart – Derry
A year round mecca for holiday makers, Portstewart Strand holds the prestigious Blue Flag award for the management, cleanliness and quality of water and it is also one of the few remaining beaches in Ireland where cars still have access and permission to drive onto the beach- perfect for families who wish to picnic on the golden shores.
The beach attracts a range of visitors wishing to partake in activities such as, surfing, swimming, horse riding and scenic walks on the way marked nature trails with excellent views of the North Coast.
Magilligan Martello Tower
Magilligan – Limavady – Derry
The Martello tower at Magilligan is a well known landmark, built between 1812 and 1817 during the Napoleonic Wars, to guard against possible French invasion.
Martello Tower lies within Magilligan Point Nature Reserve which is the tip of Northern Ireland’s largest sand dune system. The ever changing tides and storm events constantly change the profile of the beach, dunes and shape of the ‘Point’ itself.
Castlerock – Coleraine
Castlerock is a 1km (0.7 mile) long stretch of beach between the sea cliffs of Downhill to the west and the Lower River Bann estuary known as the Barmouth to the east.
Cars are permitted on the eastern portion of the beach all year round, although access may be difficult due to accumulation of soft wind-blown sand (please heed signage at entrance). Walkers and anglers can walk along the concrete pier of the Barmouth but should exercise extreme caution at all times (inadvisable in high winds and breaking sea).
Magilligan Point Nature Reserve
Limavady – Derry
Magilligan Point is the tip of one of the largest sand dune systems in Ireland. The way the coastline constantly changes here is of particular interest and is one of the main reasons the site has been declared a nature reserve.The dunes have advanced and retreated again many times. In the last 20 years, more than 50 scientific papers have been published about Magilligan and the story is still being unravelled.
The Nature Reserve is always open.
NB. A Ministry of Defence (MOD) firing range is adjacent to the nature reserve and visitors should note that access restrictions along the beach can apply. Please read local signs for safety instructions.
Castlerock – Derry
Benone Beach stretches for over 7 miles from Downhill westwards to where it meets Magilligan Point at the mouth of Lough Foyle and forms part of one of Ireland’s longest beaches. A Blue Flag beach, it is popular throughout the year for a variety of outdoor activities and events with great views along the North Coast, to Inishowen in Donegal and to Scotland.
RNLI Beach Lifeguards on duty at Easter, weekends in April, May, June & September. Daily in July & August 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. This beach has a zoning system and buoys in place.
Facilities: Cafe / Restaurant, Car Parking, Caravan Park, Dogs Allowed, Lifeguard Service, Picnic Sites, Telephone, Toilets, Tourist Information / Visitor Centre, Vehicle Access. The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: a shop with wheelchair access, disabled toilets and disabled parking. Water quality is Excellent.
This is a Blue Flag Beach.
Ballyronan – Magherafelt – Derry
Situated on the picturesque western shores of Lough Neagh, this award winning marina is ideal for the water sports enthusiast. The Marina has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag beach award for excellent levels of cleanliness and management.
There are walks around the marina as well as picnic areas and a park for children.
Facilities include the Function Hall, Retail Units and Public Toilets.