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Benone Strand

Benone Strand forms part of one of Ireland's longest beaches. A Blue Flag beach, it is popular throughout the year for a variety of outdoor activities and events with great views along the North Coast, to Inishowen in Donegal and to Scotland.




2.5 miles

OS Map

4 or Causeway Coast & Rathlin Activity Map

Nearest Town

Bellarena & Magilligan

Route Shape


Route Type

Beach, Coastal


Sandy beach backed by duneland

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Look out for seals, porpoises and bird life

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Route Description

Park at entrance to Benone Strand (or on beach if area is busy), continue eastwards along beach with views to Downhill and Mussenden.

Retrace your steps to Benone for a longer walk.

Dog walkers please note seasonal dog free zone May - Sept. Boardwalks in duneland may be used for dog walking to reach open beach.

There is a military firing range to west of beach entrance which has restricted access.

Be aware of various acitvities on the beach such as shore angling, kiting, horses etc throughout the year.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Benone Strand is located off the Seacoast Rd (A2), 12 miles north of Limavady and 4 miles west of Castlerock.

Follow the Seacoast Road north from Limavady signed for Causeway Coastal Route.


Dogs are allowed. Please note seasonal dog free zone.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Shop (wheelchair accessible) - (at Benone Tourist Complex March-October)
Disabled toilets
Disabled parking


Toilets are available at the entrance to the beach at Benone & Downhill and at Benone Tourist Complex.

Refreshments available at Benone Tourist Complex, Magilligan & Castlerock.



Publication Availability


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Ratings and Comments

Paul 21 July, 2018 @ 18:24

Walked yesterday from Downhill to the point and back. It's a good distance (approx 13 miles) but easy enough as it's all flat. Takes around 4hrs. There's a coffee shack near the beach about half way along.

G Tobin 1 June, 2017 @ 15:21

I walked this and was exciting to see the paragliders flying this area. They seems very pleasant and chatty when not flying. Seems a very pleasant sport and though a little noisey was well suited to flying along the area and graceful. Looking forward to walking this route again and hoping the flyer folks are there again.

Keith & Martina 20 July, 2014 @ 21:24

Walked from Downhill to Magillan Point, the view was amazing across to Co Donegal, the walk takes around four hours there and back we did it bare foot,amazing!

Brian Campbell 14 November, 2012 @ 05:44

Did in early November in changeable VERY blustery conditions. Thoroughly enjoyable. Tide nearly in so water cut off end of beach towards Mussenden.

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