East Strand Portrush

East Strand Portrush

East Strand Beach forms a continuum of sand, approx 2.5 miles long, merging into Curran Strand and Whiterocks at its eastern extremity. 

East Strand Beach is popular for watersports all year round, especially surfing. The beach is bounded by an impressive new pedestrian promenade and an extensive dune system hosting the world famous Royal Portrush Golf Course. Excellent views of The Skerries and the Causeway headlands.


Free parking (approx. 650 spaces - height restriction) is available in East Strand car park adjacent to the beach.
The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: disabled toilets and disabled parking. Concrete access ramps onto beach at both ends of promenade.
Accessible parking
Disabled parking available.
Accessible toilets
Disabled toilets available.
Located to the rear of the Watersports Centre building adjacent to the beach - open all year round.

Opening Hours

Open all year round.



No charge.


No charge.

Getting There

By Car

East Strand Beach car park is located off Causeway Street in Portrush.

By Public Transport

A daily bus service passes close to East Strand Beach entrance and Portrush Train Station is approx. 400m from the beach.

By Bicycle

NCN Route 93 passes through Portrush, approx. 500m from the beach.

By Foot

Tourists can follow the UW/CCW that follows the promenade flanking the beach.  Within Portrush, there are many pedestrian access points giving access to East Strand Beach.


Walk Trails

Linear, 33 miles

Causeway Coast Way. Magnificent coastal scenery including the Giant's Causeway.

Circular, 2 to 3 miles

West Bay & Ramore Head. Coastal walk around Portrush.

Canoeing Routes

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

Outdoor Activity Centres

+44(0)75 9857 2017

Long John's Surf Academy. Learn to surf in Portrush with the 4 times Irish National Longboard Champion "Long" John McCurry..


TK Portrush Surf School. Offers surf lessons operate from their HQ close to The Acradia on East Strand..


Troggs Surf School. The only Quiksilver school in N.Ireland and is located at the new North Coast Water Sports Centre..

+44(0)79 3595 2532

Alive Surf School. Based on West Strand but also operates on East Strand. The longest running surf school in Northern Ireland catering for all ages from 5 years old..

Other Activities

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

Stand Up Paddleboarding
Learn one of the fastest growing sports in the world with N. Irelands first ASI Accredited SUP instructor at Troggs Surf School.

During the lifeguard season please keep out of the swim zone.


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