Downhill Beach is located at the eastern end of a 7 mile long continuum of sand incorporating Benone Strand and Magilligan Point.
Downhill Beach is located within the Binevenagh AONB, in the shadow of the iconic Mussenden Temple. This rural beach offers tranquility and stunning views of Donegal and the Scottish Isles.
Free parking is available on the beach all year round (beware of tides). Very limited no. of spaces available at entrance to beach beside toilet block, and approx 20 spaces available about 100m from beach entrance.
From 1st May to 30th Sept restrictions for dogs apply to certain sections of this beach (check signs at beach entrance or at www.colerainebc.gov.uk for further information). Throughout the remainder of year no such restrictions apply.
RNLI lifeguard service available daily (11am - 7pm) from end of June to start of Sept.
Open daily during the season from Easter to end of September, closed during winter period (Toilets available at Castlerock promenade all year round, approx. 2 miles eastwards)
Access point to North Coast Sea Kayak Trail
From 1st May - 30th Sept horses are not allowed on this beach between 11am - 7pm.
During the lifeguard season please keep out of the swim zone.
During the lifeguard season (end of June - start of Sept) please swim within the zone between the red & yellow flags.
Walking opportunities in close proximity to the beach, especially centred on the neighbouring coastal village of Castlerock.
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Downhill Beach and dune system fall within the Magilligan ASSI and SAC. The dunes of Magilligan are among the oldest, most significant and most studied dunes in Ireland and further afield. Sea birds include fulmar, eider, gull, guillemot, gannet and tern.
The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: disabled toilets and disabled parking. Concrete access roadway onto beach.
Please refer to all safety signage at Downhill Beach and heed advice given by lifeguards during the season.
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Downhill Beach is located off the Seacoast Rd (A2), 12 miles north of Limavady and 2 miles west of Castlerock.
The 134 bus passes close to Downhill Beach entrance and the nearest train station is in Castlerock, approx 2 miles eastwards (roadside footway connecting beach with Castlerock).
NCN Route 93 passes through Downhill Forest, approx 0.5 miles from the beach entrance.
There is a roadside footway connecting Castlerock and Downhill beach.
Stunning landscaped estate with fabulous views of Ireland’s Nort
Forest walks, gradients
Coastal walks, varied terrain
Classic north coast beach walk
Breathtaking coastal route along North Coast.
Short family cycle connecting Castlerock village and Downhill Forest
Great forest ride in shadow of Binevenagh
This Portrush based surf school offers lessons on Downhill Beach on request. Minimum group size 10 people. Prior booking essential.
Walked for miles along this beach - totally gorgeous.
Simply wonderful.Definitely a place to go for peace, quiet, and to stretch your legs. On its day a fairly good swell can brew here, allowing enjoyment for all, especially, for me as I love coming every year on holiday. Plenty of room for cars. A gorgeos beach linking up to the lovely Benone Strand,
10 out of 10
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