Dog-friendly beaches near me in Northern Ireland

NORTHERN IRELAND’S coast is among the most beautiful in all of the UK with its incredible rural landscapes offering views beyond your wildest dreams.

But their beaches are just as amazing and with plenty for your dog to run around on.

Here is a list of where you can take them in Northern Ireland – with dogs allowed on the beaches all year round unless restrictions are stated.

Table of contents

  1. County Antrim
  2. County Down
  3. County Londonderry

County Antrim

Portrush has a wonderful coastline to entertain your four-legged pooch - but there are restrictions
Portrush has a wonderful coastline to entertain your four-legged pooch – but there are restrictions
  • Ballycastle Beach (dog restrictions from June to September)
  • Ballygally Beach (dog must be kept on a lead from June to August)
  • Browns Bay (dog must be kept on a lead from June to August and when the beach is busy)
  • Carnlough Beach (dog must be kept on a lead from June to August)
  • Cushendall Beach (dog restrictions from June to September)
  • Cushendun Beach (dogs must be kept on a lead)
  • Drains Bay Beach
  • Giant’s Causeway Beach
  • Glenarm Beach (dogs must be kept on a lead)
  • Portmuck Beach
  • Portrush East Strand Beach (dog restrictions from the Arcadia eastwards from June to September)
  • Portrush West Strand Beach (dog restrictions between the steps at Castle Erin and Harbour Wall at South Pier from June to September)
  • Portrush Whiterocks Beach (dog restrictions from June to September)
  • Salmon Rock Beach, Portballintrae (dog restrictions from June to September)
  • Waterfoot Beach
  • Whitepark Bay Beach,  Ballintoy

Why not make use of the three beaches in Portrush and stay with your dog at Inn On The Coast from just £59 a night.

County Down

Tyrella Beach is just one of the incredible spots to take your dog in County Down (Sarahluv/Flickr)
Tyrella Beach is just one of the incredible spots to take your dog in County Down (Sarahluv/Flickr)
  • Ballyhalbert Beach
  • Ballyholme Beach (dogs must be kept on a lead from June to August)
  • Ballywalter Beach
  • Crawfordsburn Beach (dogs must be kept on a lead)
  • Groomsport Bay Beach (dogs must be kept on a lead from June to August)
  • Helen’s Bay Beach
  • Millisle Lagoon Beach
  • Newcastle Beach (dog restrictions from June to September)
  • Nicholson’s Strand Beach, Cranfield
  • Rossglass Beach
  • Tyrella Beach (there are dog free zones in place)
  • Warrenpoint Beach (dogs are allowed but check information boards for more advice)

County Londonderry

Magilligan has two dog-friendly beaches making it a brilliant place to take your canine (Irmiller/Flickr)
Magilligan has two dog-friendly beaches making it a brilliant place to take your canine (Irmiller/Flickr)
  • Benone Beach, Magilligan (dog restrictions from June to September)
  • Castlerock Beach (dog restrictions between the main west entrance and Black Stone Cottage from June to September)
  • Downhill Beach (dog restrictions between row of white wooden posts west of the entrance and the old pill box towards Benone from June to September)
  • Magilligan Beach (dogs must be kept on a lead)
  • Murlough Beach (dogs must be kept on a lead)
  • Portstewart Strand Beach (dogs must be kept on a lead except past post 10 where they can be let off them)

If you have finished exploring all of the best places to take your pooch in Northern Ireland, why not check out England’s dog-friendly beaches next.

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