Whiterocks Beach, Portrush
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Coleraine Town Hall,
35 The Diamond,, Coleraine, County Londonderry,
Mr Peter Thompson
T: (028) 7034 4723
F: (028) 7035 1756
Stunning rural beach within walking distance of the resort town of Portrush.
Recently awarded the prestigious Blue Flag Award in 2014, Whiterocks Beach has become a favourite with locals and a must see destination for international visitors.
The beach, situated just off the Causeway Coastal Route, enjoys a stunning natural coastal location, with the limestone cliffs of the White Rocks stretching from Curran Strand to Dunluce Castle. These soft, sedimentary rocks have been carved through centuries into a labyrinth of caves and arches. Shelagh’s Head, the Wishing Arch, Elephant Rock and the Lion’s Paw are headlands of distinguishable forms which rise out of the ocean. Under the road, there are cavernous caves, accessible only from the sea, home to seabirds and a hunting ground for hawks.
On the main coast road, you will find pull-in areas and a large car park at Magheracross where you can take in the incredible views of the headlands eastwards towards the Giant’s Causeway and back to Portrush and Donegal.
On a year round basis, the beach is a magnet for water sports enthusiasts, especially surfers, but body boarders and surf kayakers are also regular visitors. A seasonal on site surf outlet provides equipment for hire. The beach is also very popular with walkers to and from Portrush along the continuous stretch of sand forming East Strand. Horse riders frequent the beach on an almost daily, year round basis, but restrictions apply from 1st May to 30th September (permitted before 11:00 and after 19:00). Dog restrictions also apply to the eastern portion of the beach from 1st May to 30th September.
RNLI lifeguards on duty during July and August (11:00-19:00 daily).
The site has recently enjoyed environmental improvements ranging from enlarged and re-designed car parks, additional board walk access onto beach, upgraded amenity block including shower cubicles and new cliff top pathway constituting the Ulster Way/Causeway Coast Way.