Runkerry Strand Beach (aka Blackrock and Bushfoot Strand)

Runkerry Strand beach, also known as Bushfoot Strand and Blackrock Strand, is 1.2 km long with a general north-east/south-west shoreline except at the north-east end where it swings north to Runkerry Head. The river Bush enters the bay at the south-west corner.

The beach is backed by sand dunes.

Runkerry is one of the best surfing beaches in the UK, the Atlantic rollers hit the coast with waves between a low of 2ft in summer and a high of 12ft during stormy winter weather.

Although a great surfing location, Runkerry Beach is known for strong rip currents with swimming not advised. If you don’t know the beach check with a local before surfing or entering the water.

Parking is available at the beach itself, but you have more parking, toilets and shop in nearby Portballintrae.

Runkerry Strand Beach has dog restrictions.
Seasonal dog restrictions apply.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have no beaches at Bushmills, 13 beaches in Antrim, or check our list of Antrim Dog Friendly Beaches.

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7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 12.4℃ to 14.2℃ with wind speed 1.2 m/sec (N)
Saturday, Aug 13
Expect a temp in the range 12.2℃ to 13.1℃ with wind speed 1 m/sec (NNW)
Sunday, Aug 14
Expect a temp in the range 13.1℃ to 13.7℃ with wind speed 1.1 m/sec (WNW)
Monday, Aug 15
Expect a temp in the range 13.9℃ to 14.4℃ with wind speed 2.3 m/sec (NW)
Tuesday, Aug 16
Expect a temp in the range 13.4℃ to 13.9℃ with wind speed 7.7 m/sec (NNW)
Wednesday, Aug 17
Expect a temp in the range 10.9℃ to 12.3℃ with wind speed 4.8 m/sec (NNW)
Thursday, Aug 18
Expect a temp in the range 11.6℃ to 12.6℃ with wind speed 3 m/sec (S)

Bushmills weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Runkerry Strand Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Runkerry Strand Beach is at Portrush 8.81 km (5.47 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height.

Fri 12 Aug
   Low Tide at 01:25 (Height 0.42m)
   High Tide at 07:43 (Height 1.97m)
   Low Tide at 13:29 (Height 0.33m)
   High Tide at 19:51 (Height 2.43m)
Sat 13 Aug
   Low Tide at 02:06 (Height 0.36m)
   High Tide at 08:21 (Height 1.99m)
   Low Tide at 14:04 (Height 0.24m)
   High Tide at 20:31 (Height 2.48m)
Sun 14 Aug
   Low Tide at 02:46 (Height 0.36m)
   High Tide at 08:57 (Height 1.95m)
   Low Tide at 14:41 (Height 0.22m)
   High Tide at 21:12 (Height 2.43m)
Mon 15 Aug
   Low Tide at 03:26 (Height 0.44m)
   High Tide at 09:34 (Height 1.86m)
   Low Tide at 15:21 (Height 0.28m)
   High Tide at 21:55 (Height 2.29m)
Tue 16 Aug
   Low Tide at 04:09 (Height 0.58m)
   High Tide at 10:13 (Height 1.74m)
   Low Tide at 16:05 (Height 0.43m)
   High Tide at 22:42 (Height 2.09m)
Wed 17 Aug
   Low Tide at 04:56 (Height 0.74m)
   High Tide at 10:56 (Height 1.61m)
   Low Tide at 16:57 (Height 0.63m)
   High Tide at 23:42 (Height 1.88m)
Thu 18 Aug
   Low Tide at 05:53 (Height 0.89m)
   High Tide at 11:56 (Height 1.48m)
   Low Tide at 18:07 (Height 0.84m)

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