Runkerry Beach, Portballintrae

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General Beach Description

Runkerry Beach, also known locally as Bushfoot Strand, is a geological Area of Special Scientific Interest. It is one of the most exciting beach systems in Ireland with a combination of very strong waves and currents, attractive scenery and natural history. The beach extends eastwards from the mouth of the River Bush towards Runkerry House and the famous Giant's Causeway.

The beach can be accessed via a footpath from the main car park in Portballintrae, before crossing the 'Threequarter' Footbridge.

Popular with surfers, this beach is also noted for its strong rip currents and shelving, and accordingly, bathing is inadvisable.


Facilities include:

  • free car parking (in main village car park in Portballintrae)
  • disabled toilets and disabled parking (in main village car park in Portballintrae)
  • dogs allowed (restrictions apply 1st June – 15th September)
  • toilets (in main village car park in Portballintrae)
  • shop (in main village car park in Portballintrae)

Please note – there is no Lifeguard Service at this beach.  The nearest beach with a seasonal lifeguard service is Whiterocks Beach approx 3.5 miles westwards towards Portrush.

Aerial Image of Runkerry Beach

Gallery - Images of Runkerry Beach

Looking eastwards towards Runkerry headland from village car parkLooking eastwards from mouth of River BushFootpath from village car park to 'Threequarter' FootbridgeLooking eastwards towards Runkerry headland and Giant's CausewayLooking eastwards towards Runkerry headlandLooking eastwards, with Runkerry headland in backgroundLooking back towards beach and Portballintrae from Runkerry headland

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