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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

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency from 1st June to 15th September.

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Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site


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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



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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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Wildlife sightings

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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 from 1st June to 15th September.

Find out more about designated bathing waters here.

What is water quality?

Bathing water quality refers to the amount of bacteria present in the sea, which can vary from beach to beach, and can change daily, even on the same beach. High levels of bacteria can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works and storm overflows or run-off from agricultural and urban areas.

Water quality is usually reduced for 24 to 72 hours after heavy rainfall.

Annual result

2014: projected excellent

At the end of this summer, beaches will be classified with new standards that use four years of sample data. The projected result above shows how the beach would have been rated last year if the new standards had been used, using data from 2011 to 2014. What does this mean?

The new standards don't need to be used until the end of this summer - in 2014 this beach was classified as:

2014: guideline

How the new and old standards 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

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

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

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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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