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Downhill Strand (better known as Benone Strand) is a beach in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Downhill Strand
golden sands on a beautiful day
The Strand, looking east towards Mussenden Temple
Map showing the location of Downhill Strand
Map showing the location of Downhill Strand
LocationCounty Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Coordinates55°10′04″N 6°52′20″W / 55.167811°N 6.872342°W / 55.167811; -6.872342Coordinates: 55°10′04″N 6°52′20″W / 55.167811°N 6.872342°W / 55.167811; -6.872342
Length7 miles (11 km)

At 7 miles (11 km) long it is one of the longest in Northern Ireland, and recipient of the European Blue Flag and Seaside Award.[1]

It is located next to the A2 road, and the Derry to Coleraine section of the Belfast–Derry railway line. The villages of Downhill and Mussenden Temple are nearby.


  1. ^ "Benone Strand Archived June 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, European Blue Flag Programme