Down Beaches and Coast

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!

All Places in Down

  • Ballywalter Beach

    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. Small playground nearby, grass areas behind the beach, car parking and toilets.

  • Cairn Bay Lodge

    Cairn Bay Lodge is in extensive gardens overlooking Ballyholme Beach. The villa is ideal for visits to Belfast and Ards Peninsula. Each en suite bedroom is furnished with antique and modern furnishings.

  • Ennislare Guest House

    Situated in an elevated position overlooking the marina, this well reputed and respected guest house occupies a superb setting in the seaside resort of Bangor, County Down. There is free parking and free Wi-Fi is available.

  • Marine Court Hotel

    Situated on the seafront at Bangor, Marine Court Hotel boasts an on-site restaurant and a bar, a fitness centre and wellness facilities including an indoor swimming pool, a hot tub and a solarium.

  • Shelleven Guest House

    Shelleven Guest House is a Victorian property with great charm, providing luxurious accommodation in a warm relaxed atmosphere. Situated in a quiet conservation of Bangor, close to the marina, the promenade, and the town centre.

  • The Management Centre

    Set in an Edwardian building, this stylish guest accommodation has a brasserie, coffee shop and free Wi-Fi access. The Management Centre is part of Bangor University, and is just 1 km from Bangor Rail Station.

  • Baytree Lodge

    Just 10 minutes’ walk from Bangor Pier, The Baytree Lodge offers spacious rooms with en suite facilities. With free parking, Baytree is a 15-minute stroll from Bangor Harbour.

  • The Crown Inn

    With home-cooked food, Real Ale and log fires, this 17th-century inn is in the heart of the Clun Valley, about 5.5 km west of Clun. The Crown Inn has a warm and friendly atmosphere with free wireless internet access and parking.

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