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Castlerock is a 1km (0.7 mile) long stretch of beach between Downhill and the Barmouth.
Location: Sea Road, Castlerock
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.
Managed by Coleraine Borough Council, Castlerock beach backs on to the tranquil resort of Castlerock. The dunes to the east of the entrance are home to Castlerock Golf Club and a private caravan park. The dunes extend back upstream of the Bann estuary to Grangemore (some of the oldest dated dunes in Ireland) and a National Trust bird sanctuary. The beach and dunes is designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI).
Access: From Castlerock town. A recently completed environmental improvement scheme along the promenade and beach frontage has resulted in improved pedestrian access by means of 4 new boardwalks through the dunes, connecting the promenade and the beach. 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).
Note: watch out for the appearance of small harbour porpoises or seals feeding in the estuary at the Barmouth.
RNLI lifeguards on duty during July & August (11:00 - 19:00 daily).
Dog restrictions apply to the western portion of the beach from 1st May - 31st September.
Horse riding restrictions apply 1st May - 31st September (allowed before 11:00 and after 19:00 daily).