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.

Dog Friendly Beach?

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

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 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 3.1℃ to 5.7℃ with wind speed 8.2 m/sec (NW)
Sunday, Feb 05partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 0.5℃ to 3.1℃ with wind speed 6.1 m/sec (W)
Monday, Feb 06partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 3.8℃ to 4.6℃ with wind speed 6.6 m/sec (S)
Tuesday, Feb 07cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 6.8℃ to 7.4℃ with wind speed 7.9 m/sec (S)
Wednesday, Feb 08clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 1.1℃ to 1.7℃ with wind speed 4.6 m/sec (S)
Thursday, Feb 09rain
Expect a temp in the range 4.5℃ to 8.2℃ with wind speed 9.5 m/sec (SSW)
Friday, Feb 10cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 1.4℃ to 2.6℃ with wind speed 3.9 m/sec (SSW)

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. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Sat 04 Feb
   High Tide at 06:25 (Height 1.95m)
   Low Tide at 12:39 (Height 0.82m)
   High Tide at 18:27 (Height 1.83m)
Sun 05 Feb
   Low Tide at 00:14 (Height 0.67m)
   High Tide at 06:49 (Height 2.02m)
   Low Tide at 13:10 (Height 0.76m)
   High Tide at 18:58 (Height 1.89m)
Mon 06 Feb
   Low Tide at 00:43 (Height 0.59m)
   High Tide at 07:14 (Height 2.06m)
   Low Tide at 13:42 (Height 0.72m)
   High Tide at 19:27 (Height 1.92m)
Tue 07 Feb
   Low Tide at 01:10 (Height 0.53m)
   High Tide at 07:40 (Height 2.08m)
   Low Tide at 14:11 (Height 0.71m)
   High Tide at 19:56 (Height 1.92m)
Wed 08 Feb
   Low Tide at 01:37 (Height 0.50m)
   High Tide at 08:06 (Height 2.07m)
   Low Tide at 14:38 (Height 0.73m)
   High Tide at 20:25 (Height 1.89m)
Thu 09 Feb
   Low Tide at 02:06 (Height 0.49m)
   High Tide at 08:34 (Height 2.04m)
   Low Tide at 15:06 (Height 0.76m)
   High Tide at 20:56 (Height 1.84m)
Fri 10 Feb
   Low Tide at 02:38 (Height 0.53m)
   High Tide at 09:07 (Height 1.98m)
   Low Tide at 15:40 (Height 0.81m)
   High Tide at 21:32 (Height 1.78m)

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