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, read more
Planning a trip to Down and looking for the nearest beaches. Our beach guide will help you locate the closest beach and we show you photos, maps, weather, tide times, water quality, dog restrictions and provide you tools to search the Down coast and seaside towns.
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!
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 read more
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 read more
Ballyholme Bay beach is a sandy crescent beach of approximately 1 mile, popular with families and sport enthusiasts. A traditional seaside resort and an all year round favorite with windsurfers read more
Groomsport beach is a sandy beach adjacent to the harbour and 10 minutes drive from Bangor. Facilities include harbour, car parking, supermarket, pub and toilets.
Kilkeel beach is within the small harbour town of Kilkeel and sits at one end of a long stretch of sand. Kilkeel has a number of shops and options to read more
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 read more
Tyrella Beach lies in Dundrum Bay and is a very wide sandy beach about 2 km long with miles of sand dunes and conservation area at its back. It’s a wonderful read more
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 read more
Cloughey has one of the best beaches in the Ards Peninsula boasting a wide sweep of sand with miles of sand dunes and a castle to explore! The bay faces South read more
Warrenpoint beach is a gentle shelving shingle beach with some rocks that all but disappears at high tide.
Cranfield beach is mainly sand, gently sloping, located at the entrance to Carlingford Lough. This area designated as being of Special Scientific Interest. Facilities include parking, children’s play area, toilets/showers read more