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East Strand Beach

Portrush, County Antrim, BT56 8AF
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East Strand Beach, at the heart of the coastal resort of Portrush, forms a continuum of sand, approx. 2.5 km / 1.6 miles long, merging into Curran Strand and Whiterocks at its eastern extremity.

East Strand Beach is popular for water sports all year round, especially surfing. It is also very popular for family activities, including walking, and horse riding. The beach is bounded by a pedestrian promenade and an extensive dune system hosting the world famous Royal Portrush Golf Course. There are excellent views of The Skerries and the Causeway headlands. In 2020 the East Strand Beach received the Seaside Award.

Facilities include:
Car parking (fee applicable) - 30p per hour: 8:30am - 6:30pm Mon - Sun inclusive (approx. 637 spaces)
Seasonal RNLI Beach Lifeguards Service (July & August 11am-7pm daily)
Dogs allowed (restrictions apply 1st June - 15th Sept)
Horse riding (restrictions apply 1st May – 30th Sept, permitted before 11am and after 7pm). Please note: the beach is popular with race horse trainers exercising their Horses along the length of this beach between Whiterocks and East Strand
Toilets and outside cold showers
Disabled toilets and disabled parking
Concrete access ramps onto beach at both ends of promenade.
Wide range of amenities and facilities, including coffee shops, restaurants and shops, within walking distance of the beach


Portrush (East Strand) is an inclusive beach, run in partnership with Mae Murray Foundation, which allows people of all ages and abilities to take part, have fun, and be included. Inclusive beaches offer free beach equipment loan schemes including all-terrain wheelchairs and mobility aids. Membership is free and available via the Mae Murray Foundation.

Did you know?
The piece of public sculpture on the grass bank adjacent to the beach is entitled 'To the People of the Sea' (Sculptor: Holger Lonze). The concept for this artwork reflects Portrush's rich maritime culture and the boat building history of the East Strand site. It celebrates not only one of Ireland’s finest boat builders, James Kelly, but also the elements that have determined the daily life of the local community for generations: boats and the sea.
Look out for the following sea birds; fulmar, eider, gull, guillemot, gannet and tern


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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Opening Times

* All year round

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

East Strand Beach car park is located off Causeway Street in Portrush.Directions from Town:Signposted the Causeway Street, Portrush.

Public Transport Directions

A daily bus service passes close to East Strand Beach entrance and Portrush Train Station is approx. 400m from the beach.

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