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5 Best Hidden Beaches in Northern Ireland

Updated: Jan 2

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track beaches scattered across Northern Ireland.


Northern Ireland is home to some of the best natural wonders the UK has to offer, and among them are some of the most gorgeous hidden beaches waiting to be discovered. Tucked away in remote coasts, these hidden gems offer a tranquil escape from all the crowds, allowing you to collect Vitamin D in peace!


In this article, we share 5 of the best beaches in Northern Ireland which you need to add to your Northern Ireland bucket list this year. We hope you enjoy!


Image of Benone Beach in Northern Ireland


1) Ballyholme Bay


Having been to a few beaches in Northern Ireland over the summer, we realise that Ballyholme Bay is definitely one of the best! We highly recommend this place for a walk along the beach and over to Groomsport.


Overall, it's a great beach especially for those with children as it's well maintained and safe, as well as the sea being shallow with plenty of sea swimmers.


Image of Ballyholme Bay in Northern Ireland

2) Dunseverick Cove


Dunseverick Cove is a great place to visit for a day, and you'll be surprised at how many of the locals don't even know this place exists!


There's a good walk with lovely views which visitors can do or you can go down and swim in some of the rock pools which look amazing.


Image of Dunseverick Cove in Northern Ireland

3) White Park Bay


Whitepark Bay beach is backed by ancient dunes that provide a range of rich habitats, a haven for wildlife, with diverse habitats that house butterflies, orchids, birds, otters and sea life.


Did you know there are cows on the beach? They are some of the most photographed cows in Northern Ireland!


Image of Whitepark Bay Beach in Northern Ireland


4) Murlough Bay


The road down to this hidden gem is narrow and in places steep but it is quiet and there is parking. With low numbers of people it feels as if you have this whole bay to yourself. It's a peaceful, quiet and stunning coastline, and if you make it all the way you'll be surprised to discover an idyllic sandy beach.


Visitors can enjoy a long walk around the coast but we recommend wearing proper footwear, as it's not suitable for anyone in a wheelchair or those who can’t climb up uneven surfaces.


Image of Murlough Bay in Northern Ireland
Photo taken by Nicola Wasson.

5) Benone Beach


The signs around the north coast say, "You are now entering an area of outstanding natural beauty". When you stand on a beach like Benone Beach on a sunny day, you just have to agree!


Those in Northern Ireland regard this as the most beautiful beach in Northern Ireland; and with white sand 7 km long and 200 meters wide, it's clear to see why!


Image of Benone Beach in Northern Ireland

We hoped you enjoyed discovering the local finds and less known waterfalls which are scattered around Northern Ireland. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your Northern Ireland trip even more memorable!


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