Antrim Beaches and Coast

Antrim was the county town of the area but is now one of six counties making up Northern Ireland. For travellers 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 Northern 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.

Nearest Beaches in Antrim

  • 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.

  • 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 nearby going along the coastline. There is no lifeguard service here and the beach close to the village goes read more

  • 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 coastal path which leads to Skernaghan Point. Facilities include parking, toilets (disabled), campsite and shop.

  • 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 away as the beach backdrop is dramatic cliffs on one side and great castle ruins on the other above a massive read more

  • 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 ammenities than the east strand and whiterocks beach.

  • Rathlin Island Beach

    Rathlin Island has endless beaches. Its six miles long and one mile wide and here you’ll enjoy finding out more about the shipwrecks and the locals – just 70 odd – who live here. The shore line here is dotted with benches and other spots to enjoy your fresh fish read more

  • 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 Runkerry Head. The river Bush enters the bay at the south west corner. the beach is backed read more

  • White Park Bay Beach

    White Park Bay is a brilliant family sandy beach ideal for sandcastles, picnics, lazing in the sun and walks. The beach is large so you will never find it too busy. White Park Bay beach is backed by ancient dunes, declared area of scientific interest that provide a range of read more

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