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Salmon Rock Beach, Portballintrae

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Salmon Rock Beach, Portballintrae is a small sandy beach located in the heart of this seaside village. It consists mainly of a sandy area with a rocky shoreline at either end and enclosed by offshore rocks. The beach is accessed from the roadside footpath above by means of steps at one end and a gentle gradient path at the other. This is a very enclosed beach, popular with families and small children, although swimming is generally not encouraged due to challenging conditions. There is an ample car park, picnic areas, toilets and shop adjacent to the beach.


Facilities include:


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


Please note – there is no Lifeguard Service at this beach


Did you know?


Part of the neighbouring West Bay beach in Portballintrae to the west and Runkerry Strand (Bushfoot Strand) to the east are designated as Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSIs).  It is possible to access Runkerry Strand on foot via the wooden footbridge over the River Bush, only a short walk from Salmon Rock beach.