Stretching from Curran Strand to Dunluce Castle are the unique limestone cliffs of the White Rocks. These soft sedimentary rocks have been carved through centuries into a labyrinth of caves, arches and inlets, magical headlands of distinguishable forms rise out of the ocean with names like Shelagh's Head, the Giants Head, the Wishing Arch, Elephant Rock, the Lion's Paw and the Lord Mayor's Parlour, while underneath the road you drive upon, huge cavernous caves, accessible only from the sea are home to scores of seabirds and the hunting ground for hawks. The caves are exceptional and one of the hidden treasures to be discovered along the coast.
The beach area has many grassy knolls with sea views and is ideal for picnics, car parking, toilet facilities and a shower are also located close to the beach. You will also find the second largest sand dune in Ireland situated a few hundred metres up the beach, the largest being at Ballyness, Donegal.
One word of caution, make yourself aware of the location of the two rip current that are active at the White Rocks, these are easily avoided but dangerous to the unaware. Most beaches have rip currents which are a natural part of beach dynamics. For more information on local and rip currents in general refer to a thesis carried out by John Shaw at Portballintrae.
What you see of the White Rocks from the land is only a fraction of what lies below the cliffs where time has shaped some truly spectacular caves and arches. Victorian holidaymakers would visit these locations frequently to picnic during the summer months, as many old postcards of the area depict.
I have traversed the base several times from the White Rocks to Dunluce Castle and beyond. For the keen adventurer it is a memorable experience though with some risk involved, for once you go down at Ballymagarry there is only one steep and difficult way out between there and Dunluce Castle.
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