Benone Strand

Benone Strand

Benone Beach is a multiple recipient of the European Blue Flag and Seaside Award. A stunning sightseeing environment along with the usual seaside activities including picnic spots, watersports, and fishing, makes this area a must visit.

Benone Strand and Downhill fall within the Magilligan Special Area of Conservation and is a site of European importance and one of the largest dune systems in the UK and Ireland.  A wide range of wildlife live on the beach, dunes and shore.

The clean, firm golden sands of Strand are without rocks, shingle or seaweed and are preceded by the glorious natural formations of Benone's sand dunes.

Zoned activity areas for swimming, jet skis, dogs etc.


Family and Children
Children's play area, outdoor paddling pool, golf club within Benone Tourist Complex located nearby.

Opening Hours

Open all year round.

Access from Benone to Magilligan Point may be restricted at times when the firing range is in operation.

Please note that a lifeguard service is on duty inJuly and August from 11.00am to 7.00pm.



Free admission


Free parking

Getting There

Benone Strand is located off the Causeway Coastal Route on the Seacoast Rd (A2), 12 miles north of Limavady and 4 miles west of Castlerock.

Walk Trails

Linear, 2.5 miles

Benone Strand. Classic north coast beach walk.

Circular, 0.5 miles

Magilligan Point. Beach at mouth of Lough Foyle.

Circular, 3 miles

Binevenagh. Steep ascent through forest.

Circular, 3.1 miles

Avish to Eagles Hill. Cliff top walk on the North Coast.

Circular, 2.2 miles

Gortmore to Hell's Hole. Cliff top walk in the Binevenagh AONB.

Cycling Routes

Linear, 13 miles

Downhill to Magilligan Point. Breathtaking coastal route along North Coast..

Linear, 2.0 miles

Castlerock to Downhill Forest. Short family cycle connecting Castlerock village and Downhill Forest.

Linear, 3 miles

Ballycarton Wood/Binevenagh trail. Great forest ride in shadow of Binevenagh.

Canoeing Routes

Benone Strand. On the North Coast Sea Kayak Trail Canoe Trail.

Downhill. On the North Coast Sea Kayak Trail Canoe Trail.

Outdoor Activity Centres


Long Line Surf School.



+44 (0) 287 776 3431

Carrowmena Activity Centre.

Other Activities

Tucked in at the east end of Benone, lies a fairly consistent right hand bank in front of the friendly Downhill Hostel. This wave can carry for over 150m plus, has steep walls and is sheltered from strong S/SW winds due to its cliffed backdrop. The wave is very uncrowded and over the years many perfect waves have gone unridden here.

Waves get progressively bigger the further East you go from Magilligan Point. If you don't find an empty peak along this beach then something is wrong.

Restrictions in place during July & August. Please make yourself known to the beach warden on entering the beach. You will be directed to the current sand yacht & kite zone. No restrictions rest of year but IPKSA use the beach for kite buggy racing on occasions.


Horse Riding



Stand Up Paddleboarding


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