Coast and beaches in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland boasts a world-class coastal route. From the rugged headland at Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne to the gently rolling dune landscape of Murlough National Nature Reserve, there are world-famous landmarks and hidden gems to discover along the way. With the famous rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede and the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Giant's Causeway, enjoy bucket list adventures on the north coast of Ireland.
Explore the coastal and beach landscapes in Northern Ireland, from the rocky coastline at Islandmagee to the World Heritage listed Giant's Causeway.
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. As an Inclusive Beach, a free beach equipment loan scheme and changing facilities help those with mobility and sensory needs access the beach.
See the Mussenden Temple perched on the clifftop and explore the dramatic coastal landscape of Downhill Demesne which is steeped in history. See far-reaching views from the country fields and paths. Look out for colourful wild flowers in the natural grasses.
Explore Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk on the world-famous stones, see the basalt columns & soak up dramatic views of the rugged coastline
Take on the challenge of the famous 200-year old rope bridge, spot soaring seabirds and basking sharks, and see the stars shine like never before.
Enjoy lazy days and long walks, look out for wildlife and spot fossils on the beautiful beach at White Park Bay.
Wander through the historic coastal village and see if you can spot a red squirrel, soak up the views from the harbour and take a stroll along the beach at Cushendun.
Explore the largest sea lough in the British Isles, home to a variety of rare wildlife. Head out for walk, discover the local towns and villages and soak up dramatic views.
A visit to Murlough National Nature Reserve is a wildlife lover’s dream with hundreds of insects, swathes of beautiful wildflowers, mammals and birds all to be discovered.