Co Derry

Its long, crescent-shaped seafront promenade is sheltered by rocky cliffs and headlands. Just west of town, and accessible by road or by a cliff side walk, stretches Portstewart Strand, a fabulous, long, sandy beach, protected by the National Trust. Portstewart Strand holds the prestigious Blue Flag award for the management, cleanliness and quality of water and it is also one of the few remaining beaches in Ireland where cars still have access and permission to drive onto the beach- perfect for families who wish to picnic on the golden shores. In addition to this, it has also won the Seaside award for 2011. The beach attracts a range of visitors wishing to partake in activities such as, surfing, swimming, horse riding and scenic walks on the way marked nature trails with excellent views of the North Coast. Portstewart is just over an hour away from Belfast by car and the local area has excellent transport links to Portrush, Coleraine, Giants Causeway and Belfast.

Great fishing is possible on Lough Foyle, the River Bann as well as rock and pier fishing for salt water fish. You can stroll along the beach to White Rocks – limestone cliffs carved by the wind and waves into caves and arches. It is said that during WWII, a German submarine (U-296) was sunk between 10 and 20 miles north of Portstewart.