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Whiterocks Beach, Portrush, Co Antrim

Recently awarded with the prestigious 2011 Blue Flag Award, Portrush Whiterocks Beach has become a favourite with locals and a must see destination for International visitors. The limestone cliffs of the White Rocks stretch from Curran Strand to Dunluce Castle. These soft, sedimentary rocks 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. On the main coast road, you will find pull-in areas and a large car park where you can take in the incredible views of the headlands to the Giant’s Causeway and back to Portrush and Donegal. Along the beach, there are grassy knolls with sea views and ideal for picnics.

The beach attracts water sports enthusiasts, as regular surfers and body boarders can be seen in the surf, and there are many shops and services nearby that can organize the hire of such equipment. There are many accommodation providers in the nearby area, ranging from caravans to luxury self catering homes.