Blue Flags awarded to seaside locations

Beaches across Causeway Coast and Glens have been recognised for their excellence at the annual Beach and Marina Awards.
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Benone Strand, Downhill Strand, Castlerock, West Strand in Portrush and Whiterocks have been awarded Blue Flags after achieving the highest standards for beach facilities, environmental management and water quality.

Ballycastle Marina has also received a Blue Flag, with Ballycastle Beach, Waterfoot and East Strand in Portrush achieving Seaside Awards from Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

Celebrating the success, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Mark Fielding said: “The natural beauty of our coastline is world famous and it’s wonderful that so many of our beautiful seaside locations have been recognised through this internationally renowned awards scheme.

Whiterocks, PortrushWhiterocks, Portrush
Whiterocks, Portrush

“These awards help to set a benchmark for standards and ensure residents and visitors find a clean, safe and well managed environment and enjoy the best possible experience along our stunning coastline.

“This success is a testament to our commitment to protecting the environment, the work of Council employees and the efforts of many volunteers who dedicate time and creativity to keep our coastline clean and welcoming.

“I would also take the opportunity to remind everyone to behave responsibly when visiting our beaches and beauty spots by placing litter in the available bins or taking it home, and by continuing to follow PHA guidelines.”

More information about award-winning coastal locations can be found at