Portstewart Strand

Portstewart Strand

Portstewart Strand Beach, owned and cared for by the National Trust, is one of Northern Ireland's finest and most popular beaches for all ages.

Portstewart Strand Beach is the perfect spot to spend lazy summer days and take long walks into the sand dunes, which are a haven for wild flowers and butterflies. Explore the dune system and waymarked nature trail. Visit the Barmouth bird hide for fantastic bird watching.

This beach has also been ranked (99th) in CNN's World's 100 Best Beaches.



The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: a shop with wheelchair access, disabled toilets and disabled parking.
Accessible parking
Accessible toilets
Hot/Cold Drinks, Snacks & Ice creams available.
Available on the beach.
Beach Showers avaliable.
Family and Children
From posts 1-2 designated Childrens area, No Dogs.
Extensive Beach shop inside the Visitor Centre.
Open during main season. (March - Sept).

Opening Hours

The beach is accessible all year round however the toilets have opening hours (see below). 



Charged when facilities open.


Charged when facilities open.

Getting There

By Car

Portstewart Strand Beach is located just outside the centre of Portstewart town and is well signposted.

By Public Transport

Bus Service from Coleraine (connections from Belfast route 218).

Train station located in Coleraine.

By Bicycle

NCN93 runs nearby.


Walk Trails

Circular, 3.5 miles

Portstewart Strand - Sand Dune & Estuary Trail. Popular blue flag beach with towering dunes & hidden estuary.

Linear, 6.5 (one way) miles

Port Path. Beautiful coastal walk connecting Portstewart Strand and Portrus.

Canoeing Routes

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

Outdoor Activity Centres

+44(0)28 7083 2584

Aquaholics Dive Centre and Sea Safari's. PADI FIVE STAR DIVE CENTRE with offices in Ballycastle and Portstewart. All levels of dive courses provided..


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

+44(0)28 7083 3872

Strandeen Bike Hire. Based in Portstewart and covers the North Antrim Coastal area as far as Bushmills, Castlerock and Ballymoney..

+44(0)79 0990 0916

Causeway Cycle Adventures. The hire of quality electric bikes and guided tours on electric bikes on the Causeway Coast..

+44(0)77 5976 7218

Walking Tours NI. We organise self-guided walking holidays on the Causeway Coastal Way and in other areas of Northern Ireland..

028 7083 6500

Ocean Warriors. Mobile Surf Shop offering equipment hire based at Portstewart Strand 7 days a week durIng the holidays and weekends from Easter to September (weather / surf permitting). Look out for the yellow van..


Long Line Surf School. Long Line Surf School at Portstewart offers a wide range of surf lessons for any ability..

Other Activities

Excellent Beach casting and pier cast spots.

Horse Riding
Horses are only allowed on the beach until 9.30 am.

Jet Skiing
Allowed STRICTLY beyond lifebuoy 10 on the beach. (Launch between Bouys 10 - 11) Evidence of insurance required.

Allowed beyond lifebuoy 10 on the beach.

Allowed beyond lifebuoy 10 on the beach or between designated lifeguard flags in season

From post 10 and beyond. (Launch between posts 10 - 11).


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+44 (0) 28 7083 6396


118 Strand Road

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