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Castlerock beach backs on to the tranquil resort of Castlerock.

The award-winning, just under a mile long, golden sands of Castlerock Beach are located northeast of the Castlerock Promenade stretching east towards the heathland all the way to the River Bann.

Castlerock Beach is long and wide perfect for playing and beach walking and won the Rural Award beach Seaside Award in 2014.

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Winner of the Rural Beach Seaside Award in 2014.

Castlerock Beach starts at the River Bann Estuary.  This gorgeous, and just under a mile long. It won the Rural Award Beach Seaside Award in 2014 based on the “Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful” 15 criteria. ‘Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful’ is an ‘environmental charity dedicated to making Northern Ireland a cleaner and more pleasant place in which to live’. 

Castlerock Beach is simply beautiful, looking out over the North Atlantic Ocean, perfect for a play with children or going for a swim, surf, fish, horse ride, paddle, kite surf, kayak and more. There is a Life Guard on duty from the 1st June – 15th September. 

There are toilets and parking available and dogs are allowed at certain times of the year. The Promenade offers cycling and walking opportunities with amazing views in every direction. 

Walk all the way to the end of the beach, away from the Town, to be able to explore through the small bays and rock pools.  Fun for the children, take a ball with you for a spot of beach footie! 

A lovely place to some time, Castlerock Beach is one of our favourite walk-and-play beaches along the Causeway Coast. It is West of the River Bann Estuary, with Portstewart Strand just on the other side. 

Meander to the beach using the stairs and paths from the Promenade or a walk down Sea Road, there is disabled access from several locations along the shoreline and plenty of parking.

Castlerock Golf Course backs on to the beach.

If you’re a golfer the Castlerock beach is perfectly situated behind the beach, the dunes and heathland. The Golf Course provides a peaceful haven set in this naturally beautiful landscape and offers 18 holes on the Mussenden Course and 9 holes on the Bann Course. The experience of golfing at Castlerock is one you will never forget.
The friendly people and breathtaking views are all good reasons to visit Castlerock, not to mention the absolutely fresh air!
Castlerock
Castlerock is the Western Gateway of the Causeway Coast. It is a popular seaside village five miles west of Coleraine that perfectly blends the past and present. This town is home to less than fifteen hundred people attracting many more visitors in a season due to great amenities a naturally beautiful landscape and a variety of places to visit nearby.

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Location: Sea Road, Castlerock

Castlerock is a 1km (0.7 miles) 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 are designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI).

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General Beach Description

Castlerock is a 1km (0.7 miles) 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. The beach was awarded the international Blue Flag in 2015.
Castlerock beach backs on to the tranquil resort of Castlerock. The dunes to the east of the entrance are home to Castlerock Golf Club.
Visitors can access the beach via the dunes by means of 4 new boardwalks. Cars are permitted on the eastern portion of the beach all year round, although access may be difficult due to an accumulation of soft wind-blown sand (please heed signage at the 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).

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