- 3 May 2023
Browns Bay Beach & Ferris Bay
Discover the Secluded Beauty of Browns Bay Beach in Islandmagee, Northern Ireland
If you're looking for a remote and peaceful getaway, Browns Bay Beach is the perfect destination. Located at the northern tip of Islandmagee, this sandy, safe beach offers stunning views of the Antrim coast and is surrounded by a horse shoe shaped bay. With a length of 600m and gentle access via steps or a ramp, Browns Bay Beach is perfect for picnics, swimming, windsurfing, or simply enjoying the great outdoors.
The beach's rural setting and relative remoteness give it a real "away-from-it-all" feel, making it the perfect spot to unwind and relax. There is a sizeable car park across the road, public toilets onsite and at Ballylumford Harbour, and a wide grassy area that is suitable for wheelchairs. Dogs are welcome, but restrictions apply.
The beach has been awarded the Seaside Award for achieving the required standard of bathing water quality, cleanliness, and provision of information and facilities. Bathing quality water standards can be found on the nidirect website.
Skenaghan Point, on the east of the bay, is a National Trust property and features a short walking route past the "rocking stone." From there, you can enjoy a clear view of the "Maidens rocks" far out in the North Channel, and their two lighthouses, only one of which is now in operation. A footpath follows the road to the west past the golf course to another sandy beach at Ferris Bay. This bay is bounded at the western side by Ferris Point, on which stands the lighthouse that guides shipping into the busy port of Larne.
Whether you're looking for a day trip or a longer stay, Browns Bay Beach offers a secluded and peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. So pack a picnic, grab your swimsuit, and head out to this hidden gem on the Antrim coast.