The southern end of the beach is beyond the high tide line so does not have to be vacated when the tide comes in. Car parking is available alongside the road and also at a car park located next to local shops and public toilets which are just opposite the famous picturesque traditional harbour.
Carnlough is 23km north of Larne just 2km beyond Glenarm. The village has a variety of shops and places to eat. Carnlough Bay is 1.5km wide and at high tide, the sea reaches up to the road near the village. The sea wall has several accesses down to the sandy beach via steps and a ramp which is suitable for wheelchairs.
At South Bay car park, a feature of the beach is the beautiful rounded pebbles.There is also a modern play park here.
This beach has been awarded the Seaside Award for achieving the required standard of bathing water quality and for its general cleanliness and provision of information and facilities. Go to the NI Direct website to find the water quality results that this beach has achieved this season.