Getting back to the beach: Weather and relaxation of restrictions raise hopes

With the weather picking up and Covid restrictions being relaxed, we’re all looking forward to getting back to some of our favourite beaches.

Greencastle beach on the beautiful Inishowen peninsula

Londonderry and its neighbouring counties Donegal and Antrim can boast some of the most stunning coastal scenery on the island of Ireland, and we all have our favourite destinations.

Here are some of the most popular local beaches, as well as popular homes from home in Co Donegal and along the North Coast. However if you do get the chance to visit local beaches and beauty spots, please bear in mind that social distancing is still needed. The threat of Covid is still there.

Stay safe.

Rathmullan is a stunning area of Inishowen
Sunrise at Glenburnie Beach, Moville photographed by local man, Enda Craig.
The rocks at Shroove Beach, near Moville in Co. Donegal. (RP2511AQ01)
Ludden beach, Lisfannon, is popular all year round, including Christmas when brave swimmers brave the cold sea.
Kinnego Bay is a beautiful and historic area of Inishowen
The beach at Carnagarve, between Greencastle and Moville.
Benone Beach, multiple recipient of the European Blue Flag and Seaside Award. It is a haven for nature lovers as the entire area is a paradise for the study of botany, entomology and shells.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge near Ballintoy, County Antrim. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny Carrick Island. Salmon fishermen have been erecting bridges to the island for over 300 years.
Bundoran. As well as attracting many people from Derry and Strabane, it is a world-famous surfers paradise
Downhill beach and Mussenden temple are hugely popular tourist spots
Giants Causeway Co Antrim.
Portrush has been a favourite destination for people from the NW and beyond for many years
Castlerock Beach, at the end of a wonderful train journey from Derry.
Dunluce Castle Dunluce Castle, the iconic ruin on the North Coast, will reopen to the public from April 23.