Beach Road Nature Reserve

Beach Road Nature Reserve

Beach Road Nature Reserve is owned and managed by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, and is a supportive habitat to a wide range of birds, insects and plants. Recently the local community group 'Brighter Whitehead' received a grant from Better Belfast to make substantial environmental improvements to the reserve.

Beach Road Nature Reserve is home to a wide range of birds, insects and plants.  To discover just a few of its habitants – stop, look and listen.  The colonisation of the quarry by trees, shrubs and wildflowers has created a home for a diversity of birds and insects.  A wildflower meadow boasting a rich mix of flora and fauna has been created to further enhance the site.  Wildflower meadows are an important habitat for many species of insect, bird and mammals.  Insects need specific plants on which to feed and lay their eggs. Peregrine Falcons are known to nest here, so bring your bioculars!



Opening Hours

All year round



No charge


No charge

Getting There

Beach Road is situated in the pretty seaside village of Whitehead, Co.Antrim in Northern Ireland. Only a 30 minute drive from Belfast, the Nature Reserve is an ideal day out, and you can take in the great views of the Antrim coast line. Follow the A2 from Belfast, until arriving at Whitehead. Take the Cable Road, signed for Whitehead from the A2. Follow this road until it merges with Beach Road, adjacent to the railway line and shoreline. Follow this road to its end and park on the roadside beside the entrance to the Nature Reserve.

Walk Trails

Circular, 1.1 miles

Whitehead Diamond Jubilee Wood. A delightful short walk through recently planted woodland.

Linear, 2.4 miles

Blackhead Path. A scenic coastal walk with beautiful views of sea and land..

Cycling Routes

Circular, 17 miles

Islandmagee. Take the ferry from Larne and explore Islandmagee Peninsula..

Canoeing Routes

Whitehead Harbour. On the East Coast Canoe Trail.

County Antrim Yacht Club. On the East Coast Canoe Trail.


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