Opening times for 2 December 2023
Asset Opening time Beach Dawn - Dusk Car Park 10:00 - 14:30 Toilet 11:00 - 14:30
Opening times may vary due to weather conditions. Last admission for vehicles is one hour before closing time. Toilets may be open more than stated. Changing Places facilities are open only on Saturday and Sunday up to 1 April.MTWTFSS2728293012345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
For the safety of all visitors and the safety of our team, all cars must leave the beach by time indicated at entrance. After this time the beach will be closed for access. There is no towing service available.
Dog area open from marker post 10. All dogs must be kept on leads at all times in all other areas.
All dogs welcome, including Assistance Dogs. We ask that dogs are kept on leads between posts one and ten which are marked out on the beach. Variable mobile phone reception. Blue badge parking.
Inclusive beach, to book the equipment please follow https://www.maemurrayfoundation.org/projects/inclusive-beaches/
Portstewart Strand is a few minutes drive from the centre of Portstewart. Drive time from Belfast: 1.15 hrs
Parking: You don’t need to book but car parking space on the beach is limited. Contactless card payments only. Members park for free.
Coleraine train station is closest. You'll need to get a bus connection, as it is 5 miles away.
140 service from Coleraine, alight at Strand Corner (connections from Belfast via route 218)
NCN93 runs nearby
Dogs are welcome on Portstewart Strand and with two miles of golden sand to enjoy, there are plenty of opportunities for walking and splashing along the beach. Portstewart Strand is a one pawprint rated place.
Known locally as 'The Strand', this two-mile stretch of golden sand is one of Northern Ireland's finest beaches.
Wildlife -rich sand dunes
6,000 year-old sand dunes declared as an Area of Special Scientific Interest.
Portstewart Strand is proud to be an Inclusive Beach. Working in partnership with the Mae Murray Foundation, Inclusive Beaches provide access, parking, disabled toilets and a beach equipment loan scheme. Toilets offer hoisting and adult sized changing bench facilities – to full Changing Places standard whenever possible. To find out more and book the beach equipment, please visit Things to do at Portstewart Strand page
New for summer 2023, enjoy a Sauna and Sea experience on Portstewart Strand. This authentic wood-fired Finnish style sauna lets visitors enjoy golden sunsets, chilly mornings, blue skies, and storms all whilst basking in the rejuvenating heat of the sauna. To find out more please visit Things to do at Portstewart Strand page
SUB6 are based at Portstewart Strand, the only Accredited ASI (Academy of Surfing Instructors) Surf & Stand-Up Paddle School in Northern Ireland with an Instructor training centre. They provide SURF and SUP lessons for all levels, whether you are a complete beginner surfer, or more experienced and searching for extra surf coaching, SUB6 can tailor the lesson to your requirements. Kids camps through to corporate groups we custom to your needs. Surf & Sup hire is available for people not wanting lessons . To find out more please visit Things to do at Portstewart Strand page
Spend the day on one of Northern Ireland’s finest beaches. Venture out for a walk along the strand, wander through the 6,000-year-old dunes and spot seasonal wildlife.
Follow a trail through 6,000 year-old sand dunes to the river edge at the Bann Estuary with colourful wild flowers and wildlife to enjoy on the route.
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
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.
Discover how we look after the 6,000-year-old sand dunes at Portstewart Strand which provides a diverse habitat for rare plants and native wildlife.
From historic castles to wild coastline, follow in the footsteps of the Starks and Lannisters with a visit to some of the Game of Thrones filming locations in Northern Ireland.