Top 10 Antrim Beaches

Here are The UK Beach Guides top 10 Antrim beaches. Our rating is based on two factors, the first is the amount each page is viewed and the second is any reviews submitted. These counts get reset at the start of each month.

1. West Strand Beach, Portrush

West Strand Beach.Portrush West Strand beach, sheltered sandy beach in the town centre next to the harbour. Watersports include windsurfing, canoeing and sailing. The west beach is closer to Portrush...

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2. East Strand and Whiterocks Beach, Portrush

East Strand and Whiterocks Beach.Portrush Whiterocks Beach is backed by long white limestone cliffs that have been carved into arches and caves that fascinate visitors. A lot of the arches have been named like the Wishing ...

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3. Ballycastle Beach, Ballycastle

Ballycastle Beach.Ballycastle Beach over a kilometre long and overlooks the Mull of Kintyre, the one Paul McCartney sings about! It’s a sandy beach and perfect for sandcastles which don’t blow aw...

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4. Ballygally Beach, Ballygally

Ballygally Beach.Ballygally beach, sandy beach with safe bathing and the headland of Ballgalley Head is popular destination for families....

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5. Browns Bay Beach, Larne

Browns Bay Beach.Browns Bay is a sandy beach at the northern tip of Islandmagee a peninsula located between the towns of Larne and Carrickfergus with Larne Lough separating from the mainland. The beach leads to a c...

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6. Cushendun Beach, Cushendun

Cushendun Beach.Cushendun beach is a sandy beach with some pebbles and rocks with a grassy area between the coast road and the beach. The River Dun enters the sea at the south end of the beach with a small harbour...

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7. Runkerry Strand Beach, Portballintrae

Runkerry Strand Beach.Runkerry Strand beach, also known as Bushfoot Strand and Blackrock Strand, is 1.2 km long with a general north east/south west shoreline except at the north east end where it swings north to Runker...

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8. Carnlough Beach, Ballymena

Carnlough Beach.Carnlough beach is within the small fishing village of Carnlough in County Antrim.  It’s a sandy beach with good facilities in the nearby town and there are plenty of good walks ...

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9. Cushendall Beach, Cushendall

Cushendall Beach.Cushendall beach is a sandy beach within Cushendall Bay, backed by grassland and a golf course. The Glenaan River enters the sea on the beach....

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10. Glenarm Beach, Glenarm

Glenarm Beach.Glenarm beach is within a sheltered sandy bay. To one end of the beach separated by a bridge over the river is a picturesque limestone harbour. The deep harbour has forty fully serviced pontoon ber...

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In addition to our top beaches, Antrim has 2 Blue Flag awarded beaches and many more seaside awards.

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Antrim was the county town of the area but is now one of six counties making up Northern Ireland. For travelers this area offers a rich history and stunning scenery with rivers, woodlands, trails, forests and wild, untamed coastland. Folklore and fairies, stories and myths - this area is where the best stories originate and they'll keep you enthralled as you visit the mystical attractions alongside the new. With the airport close by, this is a perfect area to start your holiday in Ireland.

The coast of Antrim boasts many beautiful, sandy beaches as well as rugged paths to walk and enjoys fine weather in the Summer months and well into Autumn making it a perfect spot to travel to in Autumn as well.

Famous for its glens this area is famous for the Giant's Causeway, Bushmills whiskey production and the popular seaside resort of Portrush! Islandmagee still retains its reputation as the home of witchcraft in the region.

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