West Strand Beach Portrush

West Strand Beach Portrush

West Strand Beach, also known as West Bay or Millstrand is a popular resort beach in the heart of this busy seaside resort. 

West Strand Beach is bounded at its northern end by the busy habour and flanked along its eastern boundary by a well used pedestrian/cycle promenade. Easy access to and from the town centre and all associated amenities and services.


The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: disabled toilets and disabled parking. Concrete access ramp onto West Strand Beach at northern end.
Free parking (approx. 150 spaces - height restriction) is available in West Strand car park in close proximity to the beach.
Accessible parking
Accessible toilets
Located at both ends of the promenade adjacent to the beach - seasonal opening applies.

Opening Hours

Open all year round.



No charge.


No charge.

Getting There

By Car

West Strand Beach is located off the Portstewart Road in Portrush - access to the adjacent car park is via the black stone railway arch off Portstewart Road.   

By Public Transport

A daily bus service passes close to West Strand Beach entrance and Portrush Train Station is in very close proximity to the beach.
By Bicycle
NCN Route 93 passes along part of the promenade flanking West Strand Beach.


By Foot

Tourists can follow the UW/CCW that follows the promenade flanking West Strand Beach.  Within Portrush, there are many pedestrian access points giving access from the promenade flanking the eastern boundary of this beach.

Walk Trails

Circular, 2 to 3 miles

West Bay & Ramore Head. Coastal walk around Portrush.

Canoeing Routes

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

Outdoor Activity Centres

+44(0)79 3595 2532

Alive Surf School. The longest running surf school in Northern Ireland catering for all ages from 5 years old..

+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 West Strand on request. Minimum group size 10 people. Prior booking essential..

Other Activities

Horse Riding
From 1st May to 30th Sept horses are not allowed on this beach at any time.

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.

One of the most surfed beaches in Northern Ireland, especially for beginners. This is where most of the surf schools do their beginner surf lessons.

It also has a reef known as 'Blackrocks' for the more experieced who want more of a challenge.


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