Categories: accessibility

The term Inclusive Beach was coined by Mae Murray Foundation to describe a beach environment which has been carefully planned so that people of all ages and abilities can take part, have fun, and be included.

Mae Murray Foundation created the first Inclusive Beach in Northern Ireland in Benone, in August 2017 in partnership with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. There are now five Inclusive Beaches across Northern Ireland, run as partnerships between Mae Murray Foundation and various beach operators.

These Inclusive Beaches include:

  • Portrush (East Strand)
  • Portstewart Strand
  • Benone Strand
  • Cranfield Beach
  • Groomsport Bay

At an Inclusive Beach, visitors can be confident that they will have a stress-free arrival with appropriate parking or drop off points, enjoy connectivity between beach, eateries and dignified toileting facilities, and know that there will be equipment to support mobility and activities that they can participate in.

Inclusive Beaches in Northern Ireland offer free beach equipment loan schemes, through which members of Mae Murray Foundation can loan equipment such as all-terrain wheelchairs and mobility aids. Membership is free and information on the loan scheme and becoming a member can be found at Mae Murray Foundation.

For more information, get in touch with the team.

East Strand Beach
East Strand Beach

East Strand Beach in Portrush is a famously golden sandy beach, with views of The Skerries and Causeway headlands. This is a popular destination for groups of families and friends, with lots of great seaside facilities to enjoy.

Portstewart Strand and Barmouth
The National Trust
Portstewart strand

Between Portstewart and the mouth of the River Bann lies the golden sands and domineering sand dunes of Portrush Strand Beach. This area of natural beauty and of scientific interest is owned and managed by the National Trust.

Benone Strand
Image of beach with cliffs and sea in the background. The iconic Mussenden Temple is visible in the distance. In the foreground, 'welcome' has been ca

Benone Strand, multiple recipient of the European Blue Flag and Seaside Award, is a must-see when visiting the area. With seven miles of golden sand and a magnificent back drop of mountain and cliff scenery and stunning views.

Cranfield West Beach
Cranfield West Beach

Cranfield West offers a gently sloping, mainly sandy beach located at the entrance to Carlingford Lough, an area designated as being of Special Scientific Interest.

Groomsport Beach
An image of the Groomsport Information sign

Groomsport has one of Northern Ireland's few fully accessible beaches for all ages and abilities, located close to Bangor in County Down.