Beach NI

Whiterocks Beach

About the Beach

Please be advised that Coleraine Borough Council is currently implementing an Environmental Improvement Scheme at Whiterocks beach and adjacent dunelands, due for completion in late Summer 2014.  The scheme involves redesign and resurfacing of the main car park, resurfacing of the overspill car parks, new board walk access point on to beach, viewing platform, toilet block extension incorporating showers for watersports users, and an off-road walking section of the Ulster Way/Causeway Coast Way eastwards from the site along the cliff tops towards Magheracross car park.  

Whiterocks Beach, forming the eastern end of the East Strand/Curran Strand beach and within walking distance of the busy resort of Portrush, is famous for its white chalk cliffs.

Whiterocks Beach is a very popular location for surfing and surf kayaking owing to the presence of large strong powerful waves throughout much of the year. It is also a very popular beach for walkers, dog walkers and horse riders.

Water qualityExcellent
Grid referenceC884408


Cafe / Restaurant

The nearest facility is the Royal Court Hotel, overlooking the Whiterocks, located close to the access road to the beach.

Car Parking

Free parking (approx. 120 spaces - height restriction barrier at main car park) is available in the main car park adjacent to the beach, and a couple of overflow car parks situated within the dunes.

Dogs Allowed

From 1st May to 30th Sept restrictions for dogs apply to certain sections of this beach (check signs at beach entrance or for further information).

Lifeguard Service

2014 Season: RNLI lifeguard service available as follows: May & June - Weekends only (11am - 7pm): 21st June to 7th Sept - Daily (11am - 7pm).

Picnic Sites

Several picnic tables, incorporating metal grid for disposable BBQs, are located in parking bays to the side of the upper section of the main access road.


Public telephone on main coast road, close to the access road leading to the beach.


Toilet block in lower main car park - seasonal opening.


Located in the main car park adjacent to the beach - open daily during season and weekends only in winter.



Horse Riding

From 1st May to 30th Sept horses are not allowed on this beach between 11am - 7pm (outside these time restrictions, any horse activity is permitted).

Council has recently created a horse priority car park (uppermost car park) and bridle path from this car park on to the beach. This car park is the first on the right hand side of the access road when approaching the beach from the main Dunluce Road.


During the lifeguard season please keep out of the swim zone. Great surfing beach for beginners to intermediates. Whiterocks beach has multiple lefts and rights on the sandbars at the rocky outcrops at the northern end of the beach. This beach attracts a fairly large swell window which is quite consistent.


During the lifeguard season (end of June - start of Sept) please swim within the zone between the red & yellow flags.


The Causeway Coast Way/Ulster Way passes along Whiterocks beach. There are also other great walking opportunities in the neighbouring resorts of Portrush to the west, and Portballintrae to the east. Check out for a list of available walks in this area.


Download Map of Whiterocks Beach

PDF Document (623.8 KB)

Additional Info

Conservation and Wildlife Info

The majority of Whiterocks Beach does not have any environmental protection designations, but the white cliffs and coastal headlands are designated as an ASSI. These cliffs exhibit a range of notable geological and geomorphological features. The cliffs also support a range of plant communities and provide suitable habitat for a range of breeding birds including peregrine falcon and black guillemot.


The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: disabled toilets and disabled parking. Boardwalk through sand dunes onto Whiterocks Beach.


Please refer to all safety signage at
Whiterocks Beach and heed advice given by lifeguards during the season.  If venturing eastwards beyond the cliffs at the beach entrance, please take extra caution and beware of cut-off from incoming tides.


Mark Strong
Coleraine Borough Council,
028 7034 7234


By Car

Whiterocks Beach car park is accessed via a narrow access road off Dunluce Road (the main A2 coast road).

By Public Transport

A daily bus service passes close to Whiterocks Beach entrance.

By Bicycle

NCN Route 93 passes through Portrush and surrounding countryside, approx. 0.5 miles from
Whiterocks Beach.

By Foot

Tourists can follow the UW/CCW that passes through Whiterocks Beach.  Also, a roadside footway connects Portrush to the Whiterocks site.


Blue Flag

Image Gallery

Weather Forecast


Walking in the Area

Dunluce Castle

Magnificent cliff top castle

West Bay & Ramore Head

Coastal walk around Portrush


Unusual twin earthworks on a coastal headline

Cycling in the Area

Giants Causeway to Benone Cycle Route

Stunning coastal cycle route following NCN Route 93

Christie Park/Somerset Riverside Park, Coleraine

Beautiful riverside cycle route along the historic bank of the Lower Bann River in Coleraine

Activity Providers


This Portrush based surf school offers lessons on Whiterocks Beach on request. Minimum group size 10 people. Prior booking essential.

Ocean Warriors

Mobile Surf Shop offering equipment hire based at Whiterocks Beach 7 days a week durng the holidays and weekends from April to November (weather / surf permitting). Look out for the yellow van.

Long John's Surf Academy

Learn to surf in Portrush with the 4 times Irish National Longboard Champion "Long" John McCurry.


Leave Feeback


Lynda 26 June, 2012 @ 16:59

This is a fabulous beach - good enough to beat any on the Mediterranean! I was there on Sunday 24th June and it was so reassuring to have the Lifeguards on patrol. I always recommend this beach to friends.

Mary B 2 July, 2012 @ 15:08

I love this beach - my absolute favourite (even above the beaches in Australia!)

My husband proposed to me here so it always has special memories!

Andrew 8 August, 2012 @ 20:04

This is a lovely beauty spot, which is has to be among the uk's greatest beaches along with benone. Tends to be quieter and more peaceful than its counterpart, the lively east strand. I also find many surfers in when the swell can be very good. The beautiful chalk cliffs are also a lovely backdrop.

Excellent stretch of beach 10 out of 10

Outdoor Recreation NI 6 January, 2014 @ 13:13

Hi, there is no admission charge onto Whiterocks Beach.

k bennett 25 July, 2014 @ 10:16


My little girl left her body board at white rocks beach near the showers, on the 24th July its a girls board with bare feet written on the top, if anyone finds it can they please ring me on 07909836432. thanks.

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