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22 Victoria Road
Derry~Londonderry
Northern Ireland
BT47 2AB

Tel: +44 (0) 28 7134 2100
Email: general@loughs-agency.org

Dundalk Street,
Carlingford,
Co Louth,
Rep. of Ireland

Tel: +353 (0) 42 938 3888
Email: carlingford@loughs-agency.org

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Trip to the seaside

What about a good old fashioned trip to the seaside: beaches, caravans, ice cream, rock pools, picnics…

From a beach facing on to Atlantic breakers to more sheltered coves, the Foyle and Carlingford areas can satisfy most tastes!

Sandy beaches, toes sinking to be caressed by grains of sand…

Experience for yourself…

Sandy beaches, toes sinking to be caressed by grains of sand…

Assemble beautiful pebbles off beaches said to conceal semi precious stones…

Admire expansive sand dunes…

Absorb the sea air, the suns rays heating your body…

Admire ther views across to the Scottish Isles or to the Isle of Man…

Count sea birds and watch for seals…

Forage for rockpool beasts…

Relax with a coffee or an ice cream…

Fish and chips on the way home…

The Foyle and Carlingford regions have miles of unspoilt beaches, some of them classified as Blue Flag standard (Benone and Cranfield) and many others featuring in the Marine Conservation Society “Good Beach Guide”!

Just outside the mouth of Lough Foyle, the visitor will enjoy the expanse of sandy beach stretching from the cliffs of Downhill to the sand spit at Magilligan Point. This beach (comprising Downhill, Benone and Magilligan strands) is seven miles long, the firm sand on the shore backed by one of the most expansive sand dune systems in the United Kingdom. When tired of paddling, sunbathing and building sandcastles the visitor can lie back and enjoy the sweep of Donegal hills to the west, beyond the Atlantic waves, and the sheer basalt cliffs of Binevenagh to the south.

Near Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly mainland point, lie the sands of Culdaff beach and, at the eastern edge of the Inishowen peninsula, secluded Stroove beach.

At the mouth of Carlingford Lough is Cranfield Beach, backed by the famed Mountains of Mourne. Offshore lies the majestic Haulbowline Lighthouse, a beacon to shipping and leisure boats alike

Beaches in the Lough Foyle area

Magilligan Strand, County Londonderry

Benone, County Londonderry

Culdaff, County Donegal

Stroove, County Donegal

Beaches in the Carlingford Lough area

Cranfield (Nicholsons Strand), County Down

Cranfield, County Down

Warrenpoint, County Down