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Portstewart Strand and Barmouth

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  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021
National Trust Portstewart Strand, Portstewart, County Londonderry, BT55 7PG
Portstewart Strand and Barmouth

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Portstewart Strand and Barmouth Wildlife Reserve:

Sweeping along the edge of the North Coast, this two-mile stretch of golden sand is one of Northern Ireland's finest beaches and affords views of Inishowen headland and Mussenden Temple perched on the cliffs above. It is an ideal place for lazy picnics, surfing and long walks into the sand dunes, where wild pansy flowers dance in the breeze and common blue and dark green fritillary butterflies abound.

Its precious habitat is an important nature conservation site with way-marked trails. Nearby, the Bann Estuary is a sanctuary for waterfowl and wading birds like curlew and redshank. Exploring the hide on the west side of the River Bann also provides endless opportunity to witness the spectacle of birds.

This area of natural beauty and of scientific interest is owned and managed by the National Trust.

A year round mecca for holiday makers, Portstewart Strand holds the prestigious Blue Flag award for the management, cleanliness and quality of water and it is also one of the few remaining beaches in Ireland where cars still have access and permission to drive onto the beach-perfect for families who wish to picnic on the golden shore, activities such as surfing, swimming, horse riding and scenic walks on the way marked nature trails with excellent views of the North Coast.

Barmouth is a nearby nature and wildlife reserve offering an attractive habitat to migrant waterfowl, waders and nesting birds throughout the year. Bird hides offer excellent opportunities to spectate the views and local wildlife and have facilities for disabled visitors. Keys to bird hides are available from The National Trust North Coast Office at Hezlett House on (028) 7084 8728.

Portstewart is just over an hour away from Belfast by car and the local area has excellent transport links to Portrush, Coleraine, Giant's Causeway and Belfast. Contact Translink Telephone on (028) 9066 6630 www.translink.co.uk

Facilities

Attraction Facilities

  • Open Evenings
  • Open Mondays
  • Open Sundays

Catering

  • Picnic Area

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Provider Preferences

  • Free (parking charges may apply)

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Opening Times

* Open Dawn to Dusk. Limited Parking 10:00-16:00. For the safety of all visitors and the safety of our team, all cars must leave the beach by 16:00. After this time the beach will be closed for access to vehicles. There is no towing service available.
Government guidelines around coronavirus are regularly reviewed at short notice. Please bear with us while we work through these changes, and how it might affect your visit.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Directions from Town:
Train: Service from Belfast or Londonderry to Coleraine. Bus: Ulsterbus No 218 from Belfast terminates in Portstewart. Cycle: NCN route 93 runs past the Strand. Car: The Strand is a few minutes from the centre of Portstewart. Drive time: Belfast 1.15 hours

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