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.

Planning your visit to Runkerry Strand Beach


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Place Category: Beaches

Runkerry Strand Beach 7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 9.6℃ to 12.8℃ with wind speed 9.3 m/sec (WSW)
Thursday, Sep 21fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 8.5℃ to 8.8℃ with wind speed 8 m/sec (SSW)
Friday, Sep 22heavyrain
Expect a temp in the range 10℃ to 10.6℃ with wind speed 10.2 m/sec (NW)
Saturday, Sep 23cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 9℃ to 11℃ with wind speed 8.1 m/sec (NW)
Sunday, Sep 24partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 14.3℃ to 14.8℃ with wind speed 8.1 m/sec (S)
Monday, Sep 25fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 13.8℃ to 14.6℃ with wind speed 6.3 m/sec (S)
Tuesday, Sep 26clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 10.9℃ to 12.3℃ with wind speed 6.6 m/sec (SW)

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, helping you to plan the best time to visit Runkerry Strand Beach. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Wed 20 Sep
   Low Tide at 03:06 (Height 0.80m)
   High Tide at 09:20 (Height 1.87m)
   Low Tide at 15:11 (Height 0.76m)
   High Tide at 21:33 (Height 1.86m)
Thu 21 Sep
   Low Tide at 03:51 (Height 0.90m)
   High Tide at 10:13 (Height 1.75m)
   Low Tide at 16:07 (Height 0.92m)
   High Tide at 22:31 (Height 1.69m)
Fri 22 Sep
   Low Tide at 04:57 (Height 1.02m)
   High Tide at 12:11 (Height 1.67m)
   Low Tide at 17:35 (Height 1.05m)
Sat 23 Sep
   High Tide at 00:54 (Height 1.57m)
   Low Tide at 07:11 (Height 1.09m)
   High Tide at 13:46 (Height 1.71m)
   Low Tide at 19:47 (Height 1.07m)
Sun 24 Sep
   High Tide at 02:46 (Height 1.57m)
   Low Tide at 09:00 (Height 1.05m)
   High Tide at 15:00 (Height 1.81m)
   Low Tide at 21:44 (Height 0.96m)
Mon 25 Sep
   High Tide at 04:04 (Height 1.64m)
   Low Tide at 09:52 (Height 0.95m)
   High Tide at 15:50 (Height 1.95m)
   Low Tide at 22:29 (Height 0.81m)
Tue 26 Sep
   High Tide at 04:45 (Height 1.72m)
   Low Tide at 10:23 (Height 0.80m)
   High Tide at 16:29 (Height 2.12m)
   Low Tide at 22:58 (Height 0.64m)

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