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Photograph: Kay Atherton

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Castlerock, Londonderry


55.2N 6.8W

The 2014 bathing season has finished and we’re busy collating the latest results. Our current results are from 2013.

Water quality

Please note that the 2014 bathing season has now finished. Our current results use samples taken between May and
September 2013 and we are working to update these with results from 2014. Thank you for your patience while we do this.

The Good Beach Guide uses water sampling data collected by the UK environment agencies and local authorities
during the previous summer (i.e. Good Beach Guide classifications for 2014 are based on results of samples taken
during summer 2013) to assess water quality at beaches against the following standards, from best to worst water quality:

MCS Recommended – excellent water quality

Guideline – higher water quality

Mandatory – minimum water quality

Fail – did not meet the minimum water quality standard

Our standards are based on the European Bathing Water Directive (76/160/EEC), but our results are not the same as those
published by the UK Government and devolved administrations. We award some beaches our MCS Recommended
standard for excellent water quality and we include any UK beach sampled for water quality, even those not legally
required to comply with the Directive’s standards.

Please note: Storms, floods and heavy rain can lead to short term water pollution.

See our ‘How we recommend beaches’ page to find out more about our water quality standards.

2014: Mandatory
2013: MCS Recommended
2012: MCS Recommended
2011: Mandatory
2010: MCS Recommended
2009: Mandatory

Local sewage outflows

Sewage discharges which may be affecting the water quality at this beach.
See "How we recommend beaches" to find out more about sewage treatment.
5 Overflow(s),

European designated bathing water

Every summer, water quality is assessed at popular UK beaches which have been designated as bathing waters
under the European Bathing Water Directive (76/160/EEC). Water samples are also sometimes taken on beaches
which are not officially designated as bathing waters. At these beaches the regular sampling of the water is not
a legal requirement, but is instead carried out on a voluntary basis by the beach owner or local authority.


yes RNLI: June 21st - September 7th
A sandy beach backed by dunes and a championship golf course. There are rock pools to explore, a pier and a nature reserve at the Barmouth.

Beach type


Beach awards 2013

Seaside award

Local facilities

Food, toilets, disabled toilets, shops, litter bins, campsite
FoodToiletsShopsLitter BinsCampsiteParking


Beach mechanically and manually cleansed during summer season


yes Approx 100 free spaces alongside promenade adjacent to beach. Also, parking on section of beach to right of main entrance is permitted, although vehicular access may be restricted due to soft sand.

Disabled parking


Things to do

There is a championship golf course. plenty of rock pools. and fishing is popular especially from the pier. Excellent variety of coastal walks

Wildlife & walks

Stroll along to the Barmouth with it's nature reserve, or venture along the cliff top to explore 'The Moor' headland, or take time to explore the nearby Downhill Forest.

Animal restrictions

Dog restrictions in place 1st May - 30th September annually
Enjoy a safe and fun day on the beach by considering the following:

Public rescue equipment



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