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Hidden from Portrush town by Curran Point, the Whiterocks beach forms the eastern end of the larger Curran/East Strand but because of its beautiful chalk cliffs (geological ASSI), it takes on a very different character from others along the coast. The waves at the Whiterocks tend to be larger and stronger making it very popular with board, body and kayak surfers. Much care is needed in bathing in this area due to strong rips and shelving sand (see Council’s beach safety leaflet). The various small caves and arches in the chalk cliffs are worth exploring but only at low tide (if in doubt, do not take risks).

C.B.C. Stranded Risso’s Dolphin ‘North Coast’

Access: From Curran Strand and small free car park (with height barriers) off the A2 Dunluce Road. No vehicles permitted on beach. Note: Watch out for harbour porpoises occasionally seen close to the beach. The very hard and shiny flint rock embedded in the chalk cliffs


was mined by Mesolithic people (Middle Stone Age hunter-gatherers) between 6,000 – 9,000 years ago regarded at the first settlers in Ireland. Council Beach Guards (July & August).


Beaches .... an islands treasure  

An environmental guide to the recreational beaches of the North Coast by Coleraine Borough Council