Benone offers everything that could be asked of a beach: firm golden sand, Atlantic waves, a stunning backdrop of dunes and cliffs, spectacular ocean views and excellent access and facilities.
The beach is the middle section of an 11-kilometre stretch of sand running along the north coast from Magilligan Point at the mouth of Lough Foyle to Downhill in the east. It’s the ideal destination for family, seaside fun and water-based activities, and is a haven for nature-lovers.
The quality of Benone’s water and amenities has repeatedly earned it a Blue Flag award, making it popular all year round. It provides some of the best surfing in the Foyle area and is earning a reputation as a centre for other adventure sports including sand yachting, jet skiing, kite surfing and gliding. Benone lies within Magilligan Area of Special Scientific Interest, and boardwalks through the dunes lead to a nature reserve.
The beach is a 10-minute walk, via a wooden path, from the award-winning Benone Tourist Complex and Caravan Park which provides a range of amenities for guests and day visitors.
Facilities include parking, toilets, cafe/restaurant, picnic sites, and a tourist information / visitor centre. A shop with wheelchair access, disabled toilets and disabled parking are also available.
RNLI lifeguards supervise Benone beach in July and August (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and at weekends in April, May, June and September.