Portstewart Strand is a traditional surfing town on the North Coast of Northern Ireland. It features a large 7km beach with sand dunes. It takes a west wind (side shore) perfectly, and can be anything from medium to above overhead waves.
Great spot, highly recommend!
West can be a bit gusty, but produces the best wave conditions (side-shore). WNW-NW is absolutely ideal, but does take anything clockwise round to NNE.
Can be kited at all tide states, although there's not much beach at high water, albeit sand dunes beyond this.
Ideally arrive 1.5-2 hours after high water to park right on the beach and launch from there.
- 04:59 - High Tide (1.96m)
- 11:24 - Low Tide (0.42m)
- 17:27 - High Tide (1.83m)
- 23:18 - Low Tide (0.53m)
Wave and kickers.
No restrictions apart from in the summer season. If the lifeguard is on duty, don't kite between the flags. Generally in Autumn, Winter and most of early Spring you've got the whole beach!
- Light refreshments available at visitor centre
- Beach shop in the new visitor centre
- Parking on the beach
Wooden posts in rows down to the water, easily seen, room to kite between or beyond them. Lifeguards are on duty during the Summer season.
Getting There & Parking
From Coleraine, follow signs for city centre (very small city!) then Portstweart / Strand. This takes you through the one-way-system. Google maps finds the beach easily.
Free parking out of season. In Summer season parking is approximately £4 for the day, although you can park on the road for free and walk down. The £4 is worth it though to have your car / van right at your launch point.
Weather Forecast & Live Readings
I’m hoping at some point to get a decent feed into the site for weather, but until then here’s a link to 7 day wind forecast for Portstewart Strand.
And if you’re wondering if it’s on right now, I think this is the best resource: Latest hour by hour wind readings, Portstewart Strand.