Belfast Telegraph

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."


Full list

Blue Flag

Cranfield West Beach

Murlough Beach

Tyrella Beach

Benone Beach

Downhill Beach

West Strand

Whiterocks Beach

Ballycastle Marina

Ballyronin Marina

Portstewart Strand


Green Coast Award

Minerstown Beach

Helen’s Bay Beach


Seaside Award

Ballycastle Beach

Castlerock Beach

Portrush East Strand

Waterfoot Beach

Ballywalter Beach

Groomsport Beach

Millisle Beach

Crawfordsburn Beach

Ballygally Beach

Brown’s Bay

Carnlough Beach

Portstewart Strand

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