Portballintrae Beach is a small sand and shingle beach, less than 200 metres long, sheltered on both ends by rocks protruding out into the Atlantic Ocean. The rocks are filled with intriguing pools popular for both climbing and exploring. It is one of three beaches near Portballintrae.
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You get to Portballintrae Beach, also known as Salmon Rock Beach, via Beach Road.
Portballintrae Beach is popular with both locals and visitors staying in the village. Swimming and surfing is not recommended at this beach due to strong currents, and there is no lifeguard present. It is possible to bring your four legged friend for walk with seasonal restrictions. There are two sets of steps leading down to the shore from the main road.
You get to Portballintrae Beach via Beach Road, past the main Ballintrae horseshoe shaped bay and Harbour. The headland, which is a no through road, has a large free car park, picnic tables and toilets. The newly constructed Portballintrae Village Hall, adjacent to the large free car park has excellent facilities including a play park and village shop. You can find many activities and events held there including concerts, classes, workshops and fairs.
From the cliff you will see the most amazing views over the basalt cliffs and headlands of Runkerry Point, with a gorgeous view of the impressive and historic Runkerry House, a stately home built in the 1860's, which is now private apartments for some lucky individuals!
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