Portstewart Strand is signposted as "The Strand" at all major junctions in town. The magnificent 2 miles of golden sand is one of the north coast's finest beaches suitable for all ages. Owned by the National Trust, well maintained and clean, it's the ideal spot for picnics, swimming, or long walks into sand dunes that are a haven for wildflowers and butterflies. Lifeguards are on duty at Easter and from June to August. The beach has an undertow at certain points and small
sections have seaweed, but it's not a big nuisance. Two-hour guided walks are held on weekends during the summer. On hot days the beach fills with cars, but its size ensures that it is never completely crowded. To cool down take the delightful 20-minute walk along the cliff-top path into Portstewart for an ice-cream sundae at the famed Morelli's shop along the promenade. Amenities: car park, changing rooms, toilets, outdoor shower, lifeguards, shop, café. Best for: swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, windsurfing, kite-surfing, walks, sand dunes.
118 Strand Rd., Portstewart, BT55 7PG, Northern Ireland