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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.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2015 Excellent

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between June and September.


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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.

Dog restrictions

Dog restrictions in place 1st May - 30th September annually

Beach cleaning

Beach mechanically and manually cleansed during summer season



Dates and times | See safety tab


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

Wildlife and 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. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: sand,

Beach Location

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Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, during the bathing season, from 1st June to 15th September. Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land. Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2015 Excellent

What’s does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either-

Excellent – the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
Good – generally good water quality
Sufficient – meets minimum standards
Poor – You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

These new European standards are based on the latest health advice and are roughly twice as tough as the old ones. They use the latest four years of data, rather than a single year. Find out how they compare.

Latest info

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.

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Safety, Weather & Tides

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Potential hazards at this beach


Dates and times

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Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach:

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Beach Cleans

We need you!

Our volunteers have been surveying rubbish on  UK beaches for over 20 years. In that time shoreline litter had more than doubled and plastic has gone up by 180%!

MCS beach cleans are run all year round All year round Beach Clean events with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' Great British Beach Clean - 18th to 21st Sept in September.

Volunteers record the litter they find - we use this information to help Governments and industry understand how to stop the rubbish getting there in the first place. We also promote behaviour change among the public using the data collected.

MCS Beach clean events

Within 10 miles of Castlerock

There are currently no beach cleans within 10 miles of this beach!

All of our cleans are run by volunteers so why not organise your own? We’ve got loads of information to help you get started.

Click here to see all events around the UK.

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Small changes, big differences

litter bin icon Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins

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Toilet icon Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!

Wildlife Spotting

You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell us what you find.

Find out the latest news and information on marine wildlife from around the UK.

Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".

Latest reported sightings

Within 10 miles of Castlerock

No sightings have been reported in the area. Please report your sightings if you see a jellyfish, marine turtle or basking shark.

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