Eight beaches recognised with international Blue Flag standard - but Crawfordsburn and Castlerock miss out
Eight of Northern Ireland's beaches will have the right to fly the Blue Flag award this year - however two which received the honour last year have missed out.
The beaches presented with the standard are Cranfield West, Murlough, Tyrella, Benone, Downhill, West Strand, Whiterocks and Portstewart Strand.
The total has dropped from ten to eight this year with Crawfordsburn and Castlerock missing out.
However both received the Seaside Award, a national standard for beaches across the UK, presented to operators on Wednesday by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.
Meanwhile Ballycastle Marina and Ballyronin Marina retained their Blue Flag status.
Tony Wilcox, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, congratulated the operators on their beaches and marinas.
“Having Northern Ireland’s world class beaches managed to such high standards is helping improve the quality of our lives as well as attracting visitors," he said.
"Beach operators are inspirational people showing that all of us can play our part in loving where we live.
"And, in most council areas, the Live Here Love Here campaign is building on this to inspire everyone to get involved in creating cleaner, greener and healthier places to live, learn and work."
Cranfield West Beach
Green Coast Award
Helen’s Bay Beach
Portrush East Strand
Belfast Telegraph Digital