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Dive into the New Year: Top 4 New Year's Dip Locations in County Antrim

Embrace the spirit of the New Year with a thrilling 'seasplash' during your stay at The Bushmills Inn. This bracing dip in the sea on New Year's Day, is not just a refreshing start to the year but also a cracking way to immerse yourself in local tradition. Nestled on the picturesque Causeway Coast, The Bushmills Inn is perfectly positioned near some great spots for your New Year's Day swim. Here are the top four locations where you can take the plunge and welcome 2024 with a splash.

Portrush East Strand Beach

Just a short drive from The Bushmills Inn, Portrush East Strand Beach offers a stunning setting for your New Year's Day dip. Known for its golden sands and crystal-clear waters, this beach is a favourite among locals and visitors alike. The panoramic views of the coastline provide a gorgeous backdrop for your 'Loony Dook'. After your swim, wrap up in a warm towel and enjoy a brisk walk along the beach, taking in the beauty of the Northern Irish coast.

White Rocks Beach

White Rocks Beach, renowned for its limestone cliffs and scenic beauty, is another perfect spot for a New Year's Day swim. Located a mere stone's throw from The Bushmills Inn, this beach is celebrated for its natural charm and serene atmosphere. As you dive into the cool waters, you'll be surrounded by the awe-inspiring landscape that makes the Causeway Coast so special.

Ballycastle Beach

A bit further afield but worth the journey, Ballycastle Beach is a hidden gem for a memorable coldwater dip. This seaside town, with its charming beach, offers a more secluded spot for your New Year's swim. The beach is framed by the stunning Rathlin Island and the distant Mull of Kintyre, providing a picturesque setting for your refreshing dip. The friendly atmosphere of Ballycastle adds to the experience, making it a delightful choice for families and groups.

Castlerock Beach

Castlerock Beach is the ideal destination for a refreshing New Year's Day swim, offering a unique and invigorating experience to kick off the year. Nestled along the stunning North Coast of Northern Ireland, this picturesque beach boasts not only golden sands and breathtaking views but also a sense of tranquility that makes it a perfect spot for a rejuvenating plunge into the brisk waters of the Atlantic. Keep your eyes peeled for a large group of swimmers doing their annual #DipForDiabetes if you're headed to Castlerock Beach on New Year's Day!
Partaking in a 'seasplash' is an opportunity to embrace the local culture, connect with nature, and kick off the New Year feeling refreshed. Whether you choose the lively East Strand Beach, the scenic White Rocks, or the tranquil Ballycastle Beach, each location offers a unique experience. So, pack our swimwear, brace yourself for the chill, and dive in to 2024
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