Top 10 Down Beaches

Here are The UK Beach Guides top 10 Down beaches. Our rating is based on two factors, the first is the amount each page is viewed and the second is any reviews submitted. These counts get reset at the start of each month.

   1. Cove Bay Beach
   2. Ballyhalbert Beach
   3. Newcastle Beach
   4. Murlough Beach
   5. Tyrella Beach
   6. Kilkeel Beach
   7. Millisle Lagoon Beach
   8. Ballyholme Bay Beach
   9. Ballywalter Beach
   10. Crawfordsburn Beach

  • 1. Cove Bay Beach, Bangor

    Vaove Bay beach at Groomsport is a sandy beach. Adjacent to the harbour and 10 minutes drive from Bangor...
    For more details visit our Cove Bay Beach page
  • Cove Bay Beach.
  • 2. Ballyhalbert Beach, Ballyhalbert

    Ballyhalbert beach is sandy in a small village with a harbour on the east (Irish Sea) coast of the Ards Peninsula between Ballywalter and Portavogie. Just past the harbour is mainland Irelands most...
    For more details visit our Ballyhalbert Beach page
  • Ballyhalbert Beach.
  • 3. Newcastle Beach, Newcastle

    Newcastle beach is a large gently sloping beach approximately 2.5km in length and consists of a sand/pebble mix. The beach sits within the seside town of Newcastle so benefits from the facilities t...
    For more details visit our Newcastle Beach page
  • Newcastle Beach.
  • 4. Murlough Beach, Newcastle

    Murlough Beach is a wide flat sandy beach with a pebble ridge above high water mark that runs for a length of 6km (5 miles) between Newcastle and Dundrum. The beach is backed by a large san...
    For more details visit our Murlough Beach page
  • Murlough Beach.
  • 5. Tyrella Beach, Downpatrick

    Tyrella Beach lies in Dundrum Bay and is a very wide sandy beach about two kilometres long with miles of sand dunes and conservation area at its back. It’s a wonderful conservati...
    For more details visit our Tyrella Beach page
  • Tyrella Beach.
  • 6. Kilkeel Beach, Kilkeel

    Cranfield - Nicholsons Strand beach is a vast sandy beach situated in an isolated bay....
    For more details visit our Kilkeel Beach page
  • Kilkeel Beach.
  • 7. Millisle Lagoon Beach, Millisle Village

    Millisle Beach is close to the seaside town of Millisle making it convenient and a perfect spot with its wide, golden sands and lagoon. Having the lagoon makes this beach perfect for famili...
    For more details visit our Millisle Lagoon Beach page
  • Millisle Lagoon Beach.
  • 8. Ballyholme Bay Beach, Bangor

    Ballyholme Bay beach is a sandy crescent beach of approximatey 1 mile, popular with families and sport enthusiasts. A traditional seaside resort. An all year round favorite with windsurfers...
    For more details visit our Ballyholme Bay Beach page
  • Ballyholme Bay Beach.
  • 9. Ballywalter Beach, Ballywalter

    Ballywalter beach is long sandy with rock pools and never too crowded. Ballywalter is a village situated on the east (Irish Sea) coast of the Ards Peninsula....
    For more details visit our Ballywalter Beach page
  • Ballywalter Beach.
  • 10. Crawfordsburn Beach, Bangor

    Crawfordsburn has two of best beaches in the Belfast area and within the Crawfordsburn Country Park, on the southern shores of Belfast Lough. The river Crawfordsburn flows into Belfast Lough on the...
    For more details visit our Crawfordsburn Beach page
  • Crawfordsburn Beach.

In addition to our top beaches, Down has 4 Blue Flag awarded beaches and many more seaside awards.

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County Down is in Northern Ireland and is known as the Bronte homeland after the famous writers.

This is a coastal county as it borders the Irish Sea to the East and has the most beautiful and varied landscapes which make it a great place for writers and photographers in need of inspiration!

County Down includes the Ards Peninsula, about ten miles outside Belfast and is famous for the biggest sea inlet in the British Isles at its heart.

The Bronte cottage at Emdale is a big attraction as are the granite mountains of Mourne where most climbers want to test their skill on Slieve Donard which is 848m high! This is a rugged countryside with brooding hillsides, majestic mountains, raging rivers and varied weather but the fishing is great and the Celtic charm woos you!

The Lecale Peninsula is home to seven small castles and really worth a visit. Try to see Strangford village as there are five castles within a few miles and all mostly intact. Strangford Lough is great for bird watching and not far from there, in Portaferry, is the Northern Ireland Aquarium.

On the coast between Holywood and Bangor lie the stunning beaches and magical woodlands of Crawfordsburn Country Park. It's a wonderful place to explore and you can take the dogs too!

Another good place to visit here is the Inch Abbey at Downpatrick. This is a Norman abbey lying on the banks of the Quoile River. These are the paths ridden by Dick Turpin, Lord Tennyson and Charles Dickens so if you're up for an adventure in history, this is the right spot!

Attractions in this region include:

  • Down County Museum
  • Exploris Marine World
  • Castle Ward
  • Emdale Cottage
  • Mourne Mountains
  • Slieve Donard
  • Strangford Lough
  • Northern Ireland Aquarium
  • Inch Abbey


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