Sand dune and estuary walk

Walking trail

Many walkers and families enjoy the two miles of magnificent golden sand at Portstewart Strand.

Walk through the dunes where wildflowers dance in the breeze

Fewer are aware of the trail that meanders through 6,000 year-old dunes to the river edge at the Bann Estuary. It’s a different world with colourful wildflowers, butterflies and birds.

Family fun at Portstewart Strand


Map route for sand dune and estuary walk


Portstewart Strand Visitor Centre, OSNI grid ref: C813368


Start your walk at the visitor centre and make your way to lifebuoy station 10; approximately 1 mile (1.6km) from the visitor centre.


Climb the sand ladder at lifebuoy 10 to leave the beach behind. Soon you will enjoy the tranquillity of the dunes.


You have the choice of two different paths. The one on the right leads you through the kissing gate inside a fenced area where cattle is grazing between September to March. Small way marker post will guide you across to the Bann Estuary. You can also choose the path on the right side. Just follow the path along the fence line to the Bann Estuary.

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Exotic looking bee orchids mimic other insects to help with pollination


No matter which path you have chosen before, turn right when you come to the river Bann. You are now walking through an area of salt marsh. Be aware that cattle can graze on the salt marsh also.

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Follow the path through the salt marsh and you will come to a kissing gate leading into Crab Bay and around the edge of the dunes.

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The path brings you back to the beach at lifebuoy 14. From here it is approximately two miles back to the visitor centre.


Portstewart Strand Visitor Centre, OSNI grid ref: C813368

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Sand dune and estuary walk


Beach and sandy paths, some steep. Estuary path can be soft underfoot. Not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchair users.

Sand dune and estuary walk

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Sand dune and estuary walk

How to get here

Portstewart Strand, 118 Strand Road, Portstewart BT55 7PG
By road

Take A2 to Portstewart and follow signs to The Strand.

By foot

Visitor centre at Portstewart Strand is just outside the centre of Portstewart.

By bus

Ulsterbus 140, Coleraine to Portstewart promenade. From here it's a 20 minute walk to Portstewart Strand Visitor Centre.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network 93 runs nearby, follow signs for The Strand from Portstewart town centre.

Sand dune and estuary walk

Facilities and access

  • Path not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchair users
  • Light refreshments available at visitor centre
  • Beach shop in the new visitor centre
  • Parking on the beach
  • Mobility toilet at the end of the road leading to the beach