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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Place Category: Beaches

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 7.6℃ to 8.1℃ with wind speed 10.3 m/sec (NNW)
Sunday, Apr 02cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 7.4℃ to 8℃ with wind speed 10.2 m/sec (NNW)
Monday, Apr 03fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 4.8℃ to 5.3℃ with wind speed 5.2 m/sec (SSE)
Tuesday, Apr 04cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 5.6℃ to 6.6℃ with wind speed 7.2 m/sec (S)
Wednesday, Apr 05heavyrain
Expect a temp in the range 8.6℃ to 9.5℃ with wind speed 6.6 m/sec (S)
Thursday, Apr 06cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 5.8℃ to 7.3℃ with wind speed 2.4 m/sec (WSW)
Friday, Apr 07cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 2.7℃ to 5.1℃ with wind speed 1.8 m/sec (SSE)

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 01 Apr
   High Tide at 04:48 (Height 1.74m)
   Low Tide at 11:04 (Height 0.80m)
   High Tide at 16:42 (Height 1.51m)
   Low Tide at 22:20 (Height 0.89m)
Sun 02 Apr
   High Tide at 05:10 (Height 1.79m)
   Low Tide at 11:27 (Height 0.73m)
   High Tide at 17:10 (Height 1.60m)
   Low Tide at 22:49 (Height 0.76m)
Mon 03 Apr
   High Tide at 05:29 (Height 1.86m)
   Low Tide at 11:50 (Height 0.65m)
   High Tide at 17:37 (Height 1.72m)
   Low Tide at 23:18 (Height 0.62m)
Tue 04 Apr
   High Tide at 05:50 (Height 1.94m)
   Low Tide at 12:12 (Height 0.56m)
   High Tide at 18:04 (Height 1.84m)
   Low Tide at 23:45 (Height 0.49m)
Wed 05 Apr
   High Tide at 06:13 (Height 2.02m)
   Low Tide at 12:34 (Height 0.50m)
   High Tide at 18:30 (Height 1.94m)
Thu 06 Apr
   Low Tide at 00:11 (Height 0.39m)
   High Tide at 06:38 (Height 2.08m)
   Low Tide at 12:55 (Height 0.46m)
   High Tide at 18:57 (Height 2.02m)
Fri 07 Apr
   Low Tide at 00:40 (Height 0.33m)
   High Tide at 07:04 (Height 2.10m)
   Low Tide at 13:18 (Height 0.45m)
   High Tide at 19:26 (Height 2.05m)

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