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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A sandy beach backed by dunes and a championship golf course. There are rock pools to explore, a pier and a nature reserve nearby.


Gold, rockpooling and fishing is popular, especially from the pier. There is an excellent variety of coastal walks.

Wildlife and Walks

Stroll along to the Barmouth with its nature reserve, or venture along the cliff top to explore ‘The Moor’ headland, or take time to explore the nearby Downhill Forest.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 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

2018 Excellent

What 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.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

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

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Facilities at Castlerock

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



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 between May and September.

Beach cleaning

Beach mechanically and manually cleansed during summer season.



Dates and times

Service provided by

RLNI - More information about dates and times

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.