Whiterocks Beach

Whiterocks Beach

Whiterocks Beach, forming the eastern end of the East Strand/Curran Strand beach and within walking distance of the busy resort of Portrush, is famous for its white chalk cliffs. 

Whiterocks Beach is a very popular location for surfing and surf kayaking owing to the presence of large strong powerful waves throughout much of the year. It is also a very popular beach for walkers, dog walkers and horse riders.


The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: disabled toilets and disabled parking. Boardwalk through sand dunes onto Whiterocks Beach.
The nearest facility is the Royal Court Hotel, overlooking the Whiterocks, located close to the access road to the beach.
Free parking (approx. 120 spaces - height restriction barrier at main car park) is available in the main car park adjacent to the beach, and a couple of overflow car parks situated within the dunes.
Located in the main car park adjacent to the beach - open daily during season and weekends only in winter.
Accessible parking
Accessible toilets

Opening Hours

Open all year round.



No charge.


No charge.

Getting There

By Car

Whiterocks Beach car park is accessed via a narrow access road off Dunluce Road (the main A2 coast road).

By Public Transport

A daily bus service passes close to Whiterocks Beach entrance.

By Bicycle

NCN Route 93 passes through Portrush and surrounding countryside, approx. 0.5 miles from 
Whiterocks Beach.

By Foot

Tourists can follow the UW/CCW that passes through Whiterocks Beach.  Also, a roadside footway connects Portrush to the Whiterocks site.

Walk Trails

Linear, 6.6 (one way) miles

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

Linear, 33 miles

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

Canoeing Routes

White Rocks. 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..

028 7083 6500

Ocean Warriors. Mobile Surf Shop offering equipment hire based at Whiterocks Beach 7 days a week durng the holidays and weekends from April to November (weather / surf permitting). Look out for the yellow van..


TK Portrush Surf School. This Portrush based surf school offers lessons on Whiterocks Beach 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 between 11am - 7pm (outside these time restrictions, any horse activity is permitted).

Council has recently created a horse priority car park (uppermost car park) and bridle path from this car park on to the beach. This car park is the first on the right hand side of the access road when approaching the beach from the main Dunluce Road.

During the lifeguard season please keep out of the swim zone. Great surfing beach for beginners to intermediates. Whiterocks beach has multiple lefts and rights on the sandbars at the rocky outcrops at the northern end of the beach. This beach attracts a fairly large swell window which is quite consistent.


Be the first to comment on this venue. Complete the form below.


+44 (0) 28 7034 7234


Dunluce Rd

Image Gallery

Photo of Whiterocks Beach
This site is funded
courtesy of
Big Lottery Fund Ulster Garden Villages
Enjoyed this site? Why not check out...
Outdoor NIWalk NICycle NICanoe NIMTB NIDiscover Northern IrelandFacebookTwitter