Things to do at Portstewart Strand
Spend the day on one of Northern Ireland’s finest beaches. Stride out for a walk along the strand, wander through the 6,000-year-old dunes and spot seasonal wildlife. Dip you toes in the water or brave the waves with your bodyboard. There's plenty of things to do at the beach and the wildlife haven in the dunes.
Walking at Portstewart Strand
Pull on your walking boots and stride out for a coastal walk at Portstewart Strand. With scenic sand dunes, dramatic cliffs and golden strands, these shores make for a memorable walk.
Stroll along miles of golden sand and soak up views of Inishowen headland and Mussenden Temple perched on the cliffs above.
Step into a different world and wander through the 6,000-year-old dunes where you can find dunes up to 98 feet (30m) high.
Causeway Coast Way
Portstewart Strand is the starting point for the 33-mile-long Causeway Coast Way to Ballycastle. You can experience stunning views and iconic sites during your trip as the trail leads you past the White Rocks outside Portrush, Dunluce Castle, the Giant's Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge to name only a few.
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 the Mae Murray Foundation website .
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 and book, please visit the Sauna and Sea website
SUB6 are based at the beautiful Portstewart Strand , are the only Accredited ASI (Academy of Surfing Instructors) Surf & Stand-Up Paddle School in Northern Ireland with an Instructor training centre. Sub 6 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 .
Surf equipment is available from our online surf store that can be picked up at our location on Portstewart Strand.
To find out more and book, please visit SUB6 website
Spot seasonal wildlife
Designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest, Portstewart Strand and the Bann Estuary are a haven for wildlife. With the river cutting through the ancient dune system, it offers a mosaic of habitats for wildlife.
A haven for wildflowers
Cattle graze the dunes over winter, allowing wild flowers like bird's-foot trefoil, wild thyme, pyramidal orchid and the northern marsh orchid to flourish in the summer months. Look to the waves to spot visiting seals popping their heads up. Basking sharks, dolphins, whales and porpoises visit from time to time as well.
A variety of birds
Nearby, the Bann Estuary is a sanctuary for waterfowl and wading birds like curlew, sanderlings and redshank. A colony of herons can be found here as well as mute swans in the wintertime. Keen birdwatchers can head to the bird hide across the River Bann, which offers shelter to watch the birds that feed and live in the Bann Estuary.
Take to the water
Swimming and surfing are the most popular activities in the water but there is also a designated area for jet skiing. There's a 110-yard (100m) car-free zone in operation with lifeguard service from July to August.
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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.
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