Brown's Bay Beach

Brown's Bay Beach

Brown's Bay Beach is a popular sandy beach on the northern end of Islandmagee.

Brown's Bay Beach is 300m long with rocks and loose boulders around the edge. The rural setting and the relative remoteness of this site gives it a real "away-from-it-all" feel. The view across the horizon is beautiful showing five headlands all the way up the Antrim coast.



The car park has 150 spaces.
A small shop is open part-time hours.
Toilets have baby changing facilities. They are cleaned every day and open all year.
Accessible toilets
Toilets have disabled facilities. They are cleaned every day and open all year.

Opening Hours

Open all year round.



No charge.


No charge.

Getting There

By Car

Brown's Bay Beach is 6 miles from Carrickfergus using the A2 and B90.

By Public Transport

TRAIN: There is a railway station at Ballycarry and from there it is 5 miles to the beach. However, if you intend to walk, please note that there are no footways on these roads. While traffic is generally not heavy, a 60 mph limit operates on the country roads and there are many blind bends. A closer alternative is to arrive at Larne Harbour Station and take the ferry to Islandmagee.

BUS: There are two bus services to and from Brown's Bay Beacheach day.

By Bicycle

Most roads within Islandmagee have little traffic. The B90 would be the busiest at certain times of the day as it is the main commuter road for workers at Premier Power located at the northern end.

By Foot

The easiest way to get to Brown's Bay Beach by foot is to take the passenger ferry from Larne Harbour and walk from Ballylumford Harbour to the beach. The distance is only 1 mile, there is a footway the entire length and traffic is light.

Walk Trails

Linear, 3 miles

Skernaghan Point. Beach to Skernaghan Point.

Canoeing Routes

Brown's Bay. On the East Coast Canoe Trail.

Other Activities

Horse Riding
From 1 June - 31 August, the advice is not to take horses onto the beach between the hours of 11am and 6pm. This is to avoid the times of day when the beach is expected to be busiest. However, even if it is before 11am or after 6pm, if the beach is busy, we advise people not to take a horse or horses onto the beach at all as this is a potential hazard and could alarm people on the beach or the horse(s) might become frightened.

Horse droppings are to be reoved at the discretion of the horse owner but it is preferable to have droppings removed to avoid complaints.


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