General Beach Description
*** PLEASE NOTE: Due to the 148th Open being staged at Royal Portrush, car parking at Whiterocks is unavailable to the general public from 14th - 22nd July 2019. Whiterocks beach remains open to the public as usual. Car parking at East Strand, Portrush is also unavailable but East Strand beach remains open to the public as usual. For further information: https://www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk/theopen***
Situated just off the Causeway Coastal Route, Whiterocks Coastal Park enjoys a stunning natural location, with limestone cliffs stretching from Curran Strand to Dunluce Castle.
On a year round basis, the beach is a magnet for water sports enthusiasts, especially surfers, but body boarders and surf kayakers are also regular visitors. A seasonal on site surf outlet provides equipment for hire.
The beach is also very popular with walkers to and from Portrush along the continuous stretch of sand from East Strand to Whiterocks. Enjoy the new section cliff path, part of the Ulster Way / Causeway Coast Way, which offers stunning views both east and west.
- free car parking - in main car park, and overflows, adjacent to beach
- seasonal RNLI Beach Lifeguards Service (July & August 11am-7pm daily)
- board walk access to beach
- dogs allowed (restrictions apply 1st June - 15th Sept)
- horse riding (restrictions apply 1st May – 30th Sept, permitted before 11am and after 7pm). Please note: this beach is popular with race horse trainers exercising their horses along the length of this beach between Whiterocks and East Strand
- disabled toilets and disabled parking
- amenity block with toilets and shower cubicles
Whiterocks Beach frequently attains the prestigious Blue Flag Award, most recently in 2017.
Did you know?
The soft, sedimentary rocks of Whiterocks have been carved through centuries into a labyrinth of caves and arches. Shelagh’s Head, the Wishing Arch, Elephant Rock and the Lion’s Paw are headlands of distinguishable forms which rise out of the ocean. Under the road, there are cavernous caves, accessible only from the sea, home to seabirds and a hunting ground for hawks.