Downhill Beach

Downhill Beach

Downhill Beach is an 11km stretch of sand and surf offering a wealth of activities including water sports, scenic walks and cycles.  The beach has also won the prestigious blue flag award.

Downhill is an area of scientific interest and is also a special area of conservation offering opportunities for nature walks and sightings of bird life amongst a backdrop of cascading waterfalls, towering sand dunes, and the prominent Mussenden Temple, one of the most photographed buildings in Northern Ireland. The temple offers breathtaking views of the North Coast, Donegal and Scottish Isles.

This stretch of beach is one of the most scenic in Ireland and visitors can enjoy views to Counties Donegal, Antrim and Londonderry. The nearest town to Downhill Beach is Castlerock, a small coastal town offering accommodation, pubs, restaurants, and excellent rail and transport links to Coleraine, Belfast and Dublin.


Open daily during the season from Easter to end of September, closed during winter period
Accessible parking
Concrete access roadway onto beach
Accessible toilets
Free parking is available on the beach all year round (beware of tides). Very limited no. of spaces available at entrance to beach beside toilet block, and approx 20 spaces available about 100m from beach entrance.

Opening Hours

Open all year



No charge


No charge

Getting There

Downhill Beach is located off the Seacoast Rd (A2), 12 miles north of Limavady and 2 miles west of Castlerock.

Walk Trails

Circular, 2 miles

Mussenden Temple & Downhill Demesne. Stunning landscaped estate with fabulous views of Ireland’s Nort.

Cycling Routes

Linear, 2.0 miles

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

Linear, 13 miles

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

Canoeing Routes

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

Outdoor Activity Centres


TK Portrush Surf School. This Portrush based surf school offers lessons on Downhill Beach on request. Minimum group size 10 people. Prior booking essential..

Other Activities

Horse Riding
From 1st May - 30th Sept horses are not allowed on this beach between 11am - 7pm.

During the lifeguard season please keep out of the swim zone


jason 18 June, 2016 @ 00:58

Wat is the law on riding quads on downhill benone beach

OutdoorNI 20 June, 2016 @ 10:25

Hi Jason,

Motorised vehicles including beach buggies and quad bikes are not permitted on Downhill Beach. If you require any further information contact Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council who are responsible for the area.

+44 (0) 28 7034 7034 or


+44 (0) 28 7034 7234


Seacoast Road
BT51 4RP

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