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Benone Beach, European
Blue Flag and Seaside Award

With seven miles of golden sand and a magnificent backdrop of mountain and cliff scenery and stunning views across to Donegal, this is an attractive sightseeing environment along with the usual seaside activities including picnic spots, watersports, and fishing.

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It’s a must-see when visiting the area.

The clean, firm, golden sands of Benone Strand are without rocks, shingle or seaweed and are preceded by the glorious natural formations of Benone’s sand dunes.
With a supervised playground, outdoor paddling pool and golf club, a fun-filled day are guaranteed.
It is a haven for nature lovers as the entire area is a paradise for the study of botany, entomology and shells.
Lifeguard service on duty daily in July and August 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Zoned activity areas for swimming, jet skis, dogs etc. Benone Tourist Complex nearby.

Benone Strand, one of Ireland’s longest beaches and European Blue Flag Beach plays host to a range of activities and events including shore angling, power-kiting and body boarding. Travel the boardwalk from the beach and you will find Benone Tourist Complex, a four-star caravan and camping park with glamping lodges, where you can enjoy golf, tennis, an outdoor heated splash pool and an activities centre along with a wide range of summer events.

Benone Strand

Benone Strand forms part of one of Ireland’s longest beaches. A Blue Flag beach, it is popular throughout the year for a variety of outdoor activities and events with great views along the North Coast, to Inishowen in Donegal and to Scotland.

Route Description

Park at the entrance to Benone Strand (or on the beach if the area is busy), continue eastwards along the beach with views to Downhill and Mussenden. Retrace your steps to Benone for a long walk.
Dog walkers please note seasonal dog free zone May – Sept. Boardwalks in duneland may be used for dog walking to reach the open beach. There is a military firing range to the west of beach entrance which has restricted access. Be aware of various activities on the beach such as shore angling, kiting, horses etc throughout the year.
Getting to the Start (by Car) Benone Strand is located off the Seacoast Rd (A2), 12 miles north of Limavady and 4 miles west of Castlerock.
Follow the Seacoast Road north from Limavady signed for Causeway Coastal Route.
Dogs are allowed. Please note seasonal dog free zone.

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Benone Beach is multiple recipients of the European Blue Flag and Seaside Award.

A stunning sightseeing environment along with the usual seaside activities including picnic spots, watersports, and fishing, makes this area a must visit.
Benone Strand and Downhill fall within the Magilligan Special Area of Conservation and is a site of European importance and one of the largest dune systems in the UK and Ireland.  A wide range of wildlife lives on the beach, dunes and shore.
The clean, firm golden sands of Strand are without rocks, shingle or seaweed and are preceded by the glorious natural formations of
Benone’s sand dunes. Zoned activity areas for swimming, jet skis, dogs etc.

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Benone Strand is one of the most popular beaches of the Causeway Coast not only for visitors but for locals alike.

The Benone Strand is seven miles of golden soft sandy beach with spectacular views of Benevenagh mountain and Donegal. There is Lough Foyle and Magilligan Point in one direction with Downhill and Mussenden Temple in the opposite. Benone Strand is one of the most popular beaches in Northern Ireland because of its location, activities and easy access. This seven-mile stretch of sand incorporates three beaches in one; Downhill Beach, Benone Strand and Magilligan Beach. This is a great beach for adventure sports such as jet skiing, kite surfing, gliding and surfing. You can fish, canoe, cycle, swim and walk all year round. Benone is a Northern Ireland Blue Flag Beach. There is a Life Guard on duty during high season, end of June, July, August and the beginning of September. Dogs are even allowed on Benone Strand with restrictions during high season.

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Benone Tourist Complex

The Award Winning Benone Tourist Complex & Caravan Park run by the Limavady Borough Council provides great facilities for guests and day visitors.
Tennis courts, pools, bouncy castle, indoor games room, activities area, cafe and shops are all provided at this excellent Tourist Complex located on Seacoast Road, 12 miles from Limavady and 6 miles from Coleraine. This is a touring caravan site only.
In season (July & August) there is an Events Programme too.  Find out more information about the Benone Tourist.

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