Portballintrae Beach

Portballintrae Beach

Portballintrae Beach, also known as Salmon Rock Beach, is a small sandy beach located in the heart of this seaside village. It consists mainly of a sandy area with a rocky shoreline at either end and enclosed by offshore rocks. 

Portballintrae Beach is accessed by steps at each end from the road and footpath above. This is a very enclosed area, popular with families and small children, although swimming is not encouraged due to dangerous conditions. There is an ample car park, picnic area, toilets and shop adjacent to the beach.

Excellent water quality.


Free parking (approx. 100 spaces) is available in the main car park adjacent to the beach.
Located in the main car park adjacent to the beach - open daily.
The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: Sloping walkway from main car park to beach.
Accessible parking
The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: disabled toilets and disabled parking.
Accessible toilets
The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: disabled toilets and disabled parking.

Opening Hours

Access all year round.



No charge.


No charge.

Getting There

By Car

Portballintrae Beach (Salmon Rock) is located at the end of Beach Road (dead end) within the village. The B145 provides access from the main A2 coast road.

By Public Transport

A daily bus service serves the village.

By Bicycle

NCN Route 93 follows the heritage railway pathway, connecting Bushmills and the Giant's Causeway, approx. 0.5 miles fromPortballintrae Beach.

By Foot

Tourists can follow the UW/CCW that passes through Portballintrae village, passing Portballintrae Beach. The beach is accessible on foot at both ends, via a set of steps to the south west and a sloping walkway to the north east.

Walk Trails

Circular, 0.5 miles

Lissanduff. Unusual twin earthworks on a coastal headline..

Circular, 1.5 miles

Heritage Railway Path. Coastal walk..

Linear, 6.6 (one way) miles

Portrush to Bushmills. A linear walk on the North Antrim Coast..

Circular, 2 miles

Giant's Causeway. World Heritage Site and geological wonder steeped in legend..

Linear, 4.8 (one way) miles

North Antrim Cliff Path - Dunseverick to Giant’s Causeway. Dramatic cliff headlands & views, secluded bays, castle ruins..

Cycling Routes

Linear, 22 miles

Giants Causeway to Benone Cycle Route. Stunning coastal cycle route following NCN Route 93..

Canoeing Routes

Portballintrae Harbour. On the North Coast Sea Kayak Trail Canoe Trail.

Outdoor Activity Centres

028 2073 1663 / 07754389641

Paul Blanchard. Kayaking sessions..Fully qualified instructor, insured and all equipment provided..


SurfSUPNI.com. Offer beginner Stand Up Paddleboarding lessons from Portballintrae Harbour. Prior booking essential..

+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. This Portrush based surf school offers lessons on Portballintrae Beach on request. Minimum group size 10 people. Prior booking essential..


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