Find the nearest Blue Flag
Blue Flag beaches , the Blue Flag award is a prestigious, international award scheme that aims to provide an assurance to tourists that a beach has met a minimum standard. To collect a Blue Flag any UK and Ireland beach must achieve the highest quality of water, facilities, safety, environmental education and management.
Below we list the current beaches holding the Blue Flag award.
- Magilligan Beach (Benone Strand) is located on the North West corner of Northern Ireland and stretches for 7 miles from Downhill to Magilligan Point. Magilligan foreland is Ireland’s largest coastal accumulation comprising some 32 square km of marine and wind-blown sand deposits. Facilities include car parking, shops, cafe/restaurant.
- Westgate Bay is a sandy beach, a good family beach for sandcastles and lots of small rock pools to explore. The bay is tidal and so the beach will disappear at high tide. Facilities include seasonal lifeguards, cafes, car parking, toilets, chalets for hire, pub, disabled access to the beach with disabled toilets open all year.
- Cromer beach is sand and shingle sitting within a traditional seaside resort, the beach stretches out either side of the pier. You still have fishing boats launching from the beach in season and these oiffer some excellent fresh crabs. Facilities at the beach include toilets, cafes/restaurants, beach chalet hire and the RNLI Museum.
- Amroth beach is approximately 4km long south-facing beach and mostly sandy with a high water mark pebble bank. Amroth is a small seaside village facing south out into the Bristol Channel on the southern tip of Pembrokeshire and is the southern start of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. The beach is famous for its submerged forest, at very low tides tree stumps can be seen poking through the sand and fossilised antlers, nuts, animal bones and Neolithic flints have been discovered. Car parks are in the village and at the west end of the beach. The beach caters for the disabled with specific parking along the sea-front and the beach is easily accessible via a slipway, also handy for boats. Shops are situated opposite the beach and a choice of restaurants, cafes and public houses nearby.
- Port Eynon beach is a mile long sand and pebble beach backed by sand dunes on the south-west corner of the Gower peninsula. The sand dunes have boardwalks to help exploring and at low tide you can see the remains of ancient peat beds, the old harbour wall and at the far end of the bay an 18th Century ruin of the old Salt House can be seen. Very popular with all watersports. The beach is backed by the village of Port Eynon that has a car park.
- West Runton beach is a nice rural quiet sand and shingle beach backed by low cliffs and at low tide, you have lots of sand and some rock pools. The beach is located between Cromer and Sheringham on the Norfolk coast. West Runton is a very popular beach and coast stretch for beachcombing and fossil hunters. Fossils of animals, birds and insects are regularly exposed from the eroding cliffs (Cromer Forest-bed) backing the beach. West Runton beach is famous for the West Runton Mammoth that was a full skeleton uncovered beside the cliffs after a storm in 1990. The Norfolk Wildlife Trust regularly runs family events (‘Rock Pool Rummaging’ and ‘Fascinating Fossils’ ) at West Runton beach, see the www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk website for more details. Facilities at the beach include parking, seasonal lifeguards, beach cafe, shop, toilets and with more shops and places to eat in the nearby village.
- Alum Chine beach is a sandy beach popular with families and has a children’s play area and a paddling pool. The beach is not so busy as those closer to Bournemouth Pier and the town centre. Alum Chine Tropical Gardens are nearby. Facilities include toilets, car parking, disabled access, Cafe / Bar / Shop and lifeguards in summer months.