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Magilligan Strand. Benone Beach

Limavady, Londonderry

Firm sandy beach, 7 miles long and backed by one of the largest sand dune systems in the UK. Offers a supervised playground outdoor paddling pool and golf club. Particularly popular with coastal ramblers.

Beach Type



Beach information point
Drinking water
Toilets (including disabled) at beach entrance
Nearby Benone Tourist Complex provides seasonal cafe
Supervised playground
Outdoor splash pool
9 hole golf course and camping and caravan park


Kite buggying
Kite surfing and jet skiing
Sea angling regularly takes place from the beach
These activities are managed through zoning and the beach has hosted various competitions
A slipway is available

Nature and Wildlife

The beach and dune land fall within the Magilligan ASSI and SAC. It is also a Local Nature Reserve. Boardwalks provide access through the dune land. Some interpretation signs and leaflets available on the flora and fauna of the area.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily by the council in July and August and regularly during the rest of the year. both mechanically and manually.


Dog free zone within Blue Flag award area 1st May – 30th September inclusive.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Limavady Tourist Information Centre Tel: 028777 60307


Nearest town: Limavady
County: Londonderry
Latitude/Longitude: 55.1677, -6.83899


Benone is located 12 miles north of Limavady and 10 miles west of Coleraine off the A2 Seacoast Road.

Public Transport

The 134 bus passes close to the beach and the nearest train station is Bellarena. The 93 cycle route passes adjacent to the beach.


Limited parking available at beach entrance. Free managed parking on beach during peak season. Car park also available at Benone Tourist Complex - a short walk from the beach. Disabled parking available.

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Limavady