Northern Ireland

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Bangor to Culmore Point

The coastline of Northern Ireland is one of the most interesting and picturesque in Europe, and it boasts one of the UK’s most famous landmarks – the Giant’s Causeway. Lying between the swell magnet beach break of Portballintrae and curving white sands of White Park Bay, this section of coastline was formed over 60 million years ago when an upwelling of molten, igneous rock came into contact with the cool sea, causing accelerated cooling and rock crystallisation. The results were these spectacular, tightly packed hexagonal stone columns, stacked together as low-lying stepping stones or towering high as columnar cliffs.

To the west, the coastline of Northern Ireland unfolds into a series of sandy bays with some good rocky reefs interspersed by tumbling headlands. Offshore, the horseshoe shape of Rathlin Island cuts out much of the swell bound for Ballycastle Bay, making this an ideal winter bolt hole when the big storms kick in.

West of Portstewart the coastline morphs into a huge section of golden sand backed by rolling dunes. This area, home to rare bird and orchid species, is the ideal place to take of your shoes, feel the sand between your toes and find an empty peak for the day.

Northern Ireland Issues & Campaigns

Environmental and wave protection issues in this region

Increased Coverage

An increase of coverage from SAS Regional Reps was also experience in 2016. 4 Reps are now in place from Bangor to Culmore Point and, together, these dedicated individuals led 22 beach cleans, mobilising 144 people and removing 376kg of marine litter. 10 education talks were also conducted, sharing the passion with future generations.

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2016 - the year of the beach clean

2016 saw a big year for beach cleans in Northern Ireland. 12 cleans took place throughout the year! Attended by 440 community volunteers, these led to the removal of 1.8 tonnes of marine litter!

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Your local reps

Click on a Rep to learn more about them and how to contact them… Or you can contact SAS on 01872 553 001 or info [at] sas [dot] org [dot] uk

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