The International Blue Flag Awards have once again recognised 10 of Northern Ireland’s beaches as “world class” for their facilities and water quality.

The Blue Flag Award recognises beaches with the highest standards of facilities and water quality.

This year Northern Ireland can again boast of 10 beaches that have reached this benchmark. Check them out below:

Northern Ireland’s Top 10 ‘World Class’ Beaches

Castlerock, Co Londonderry

Cranfield Bay, Co Down

Crawfordsburn, Co Down

Magilligan, Benone, Co Londonderry

Magilligan, Downhill, Co Londonderry

Murlough Beach, Co Down

Portrush West, Co Antrim

Portstewart Strand, Co Londonderry

Tyrella, Co Down

Whiterocks, Co Antrim

Two marinas in Ballycastle, Co Antrim and Ballyronan, Co Londonderry were also given Blue Flag status.

The international Blue Flag award, which is administered locally by environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, is a mark of excellence in 49 countries.

The awards are being presented to each beach on Wednesday, the first day of the 2016 bathing season, by the International Director of the Blue Flag programme, Sophie Bachet Granados, the Environment Minister Michelle McIlveen and Andrew Patterson from Tourism NI at an event in the iconic Arcadia building in Portrush.

Blue Flag beaches offer the highest standard of visitor facilities including toilets, lifeguards if necessary, first aid during peak hours and disabled access onto the beach.

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