Portstewart

Portstewart

]]> Portstewart June 2016 Portstewart is one of those long open beaches that looks as if it goes on forever. As you enter the beach there is one area to the right which has some shelter and is a car free zone. Otherwise you can drive up the beach and park wherever you like. That's one of our pet hates but it does make access easier. However, it's a long beach, good for walking and if you are prepared for I some exercise you can get beyond most of the cars. The water when we were there was a bit choppy and not great for swimming. Undoubtedly refreshing but more of a surfers beach. You will find some shelter in the dunes but otherwise bring your windbreak. There is loads of room here so it's a good place for families. Blue Flag beach with its own coffee shop at the entrance. Directions Coming from Coleraine take the A2 for Portstewart. As you approach the town you will see signposts for the beach. Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Copyright Β© ComputerAid, 2010 ~ 00353-86-8235349 ~ ]]> ~ All rights reserved. ]]> [...]

Portrush, East and West Strand

Portrush, East and West Strand

Portrush - East and West Strand June 2016 East Strand Life is confusing enough without having to cope with two 'East Strands' within a kilometre of each other, but that' s what Portush has, so we chose the nicer of the two. This is a large, classic family beach just on the edge of the town. Despite its location it has that get way from it all feel to it and if you walk down the beach a few hundred metres you can be in a different world. We hit East Strand on a good day with sunshine and clear water. There was a gradual wade in with just a few waves to keep young people happy. This is a surfers' beach with plenty of young people taking lessons from the on site surf school. There is a plenty of room here for families and you can have a good 30 minute walk down the beach to nearby Whiterocks. Facilities at East Strand are good with toilets and a large car park. There is a ramp which makes it accessible for wheelchairs and buggies. The beach itself is a bit open so a windbreak on a windy way would help. Lifeguards are on duty in the summer, but check locally for details Directions: On the A2 from the Giants Causeway and Bushmills direction come into the town of Portrush . Follow the signs for the town centre and then watch for a right hand turn which will take you into the car park. West Strand West Strand is on the other side of the town, not as large as its neigbour but more sheltered with some protection from the harbour and cliffs at either end. This is a very well maintained facility with toilets at either end and a nice promenade for strolling on. There is ramp access and even a small coffee shop at the harbour end. It was a dull day when we were there and , surprise, surprise, we were the only ones swimming. The water was choppy and we spent more time jumping the waves than we did doing the backstroke. We also felt a bit of an undertow so be careful you don't go out too far. West Strand has adequate parking and showers attached to the toilets. And for kids who get bored of the beach there is a fun fair just behind it. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer- check locally for details. Blue Flag beach. Directions On the A2 from the Giants Causeway and Bushmills watch out for the signposts for Portstewart which will bring you around the town. As you leave the town watch for a right hand turn signposted for the beach which will bring you under a railway bridge into the car park. Β  Β  Β  [...]

Benone Strand

Benone Strand

Benone Strand August 2011 We are ashamed to admit that this is the only swimming spot we have visited in Derry, but if you like your beaches wide and long you will enjoy a visit here. The information notices at the entrance describe Benone as one of the largest dune systems in Ireland or the UK. Stretching from Magilligan point at one end to Downhill at the other, Benone must be nearly 10 kilometres of soft, but good to walk on, beach. With that length, there is plenty of room for walking, running and even horse riding. And, of course, you can swim here as well. When we visited it was a bit windy but the water wasn't too choppy. There was a gradual wade in and it does appear to be suitable for children. The beach itself is quite open and a windbreak will help if you are planning to stay for a while. Facilities at Benone are quite good. It's a Blue Flag beach and there are lifeguards in the summer. As well as toilets there is also a tap for drinking water and a shower. The beach is wheelchair and buggy accessible, but unfortunately cars are allowed on as well. At the Magilligan end there is an army camp so don't ignore the red flags and signs warning you about the firing range. Directions: From Derry take the A2 to Limavady. You remain on the A2 after Limavady in the direction of Downhill. A couple of kilometres before Downhill watch out for a left turn signposted for a caravan park and the beach. Β View Larger Map Β  [...]

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