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West Strand Beach

Portstewart Road, Portrush, County Londonderry, BT56 8EY
West Strand Beach

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West Strand Beach, also known as West Bay or Millstrand is a popular resort beach in the heart of this busy seaside resort. West Strand Beach is bounded at its northern end by the busy habour and flanked along its eastern boundary by a well used pedestrian/cycle promenade. Easy access to and from the town centre and all associated amenities/services.

Please refer to all safety signage at West Strand Beach and heed advice given by lifeguards during the season.

Facilities: Free Car Parking, Dogs Allowed (restrictions apply 1st May - 30th Sept), Lifeguard Service (July & August), Toilets, cycle parking, coffee shops, restaurants, shops and amusements nearby. The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: disabled toilets and disabled parking. Concrete pedestrian access ramp onto West Strand Beach at northern end. Water quality is Excellent. Awards: Blue Flag.

West Strand Beach is protected through ASSI designation due to buried peat deposits and ancient sands beneath the beach. Embedded within the peats are the fossilised remains of ancient trees including alder and birch that once populated the area some 9,000 - 7,000 years ago. Keep an eye out for the resident pod of harbour porpoises just off the shore.

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Attraction Facilities

  • Gift Shop
  • Open Evenings
  • Open Mondays
  • Open Sundays


  • Picnic Area
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Toilets

Leisure Facilities

  • Wifi

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Provider Preferences

  • Dogs accepted by arrangement
  • Free (parking charges may apply)

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* All year round

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

West Strand Beach is located off the Portstewart Road in Portrush - access to the adjacent car park is via the black stone railway arch off Portstewart Road.

Directions from Town:
Signposted off Portstewart Road with access under Railway Bridge.

Public Transport Directions

A daily bus service passes close to West Strand Beach entrance and Portrush Train Station is in very close proximity to the beach. .

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