Beaches in Newcastle, County Down

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The beach guide has 5 beaches listed in and around the town of Newcastle. We have arranged these beaches in order of closest to the town first (distance in brackets).

  • Newcastle Beach (0.9 miles)

    Newcastle © Eric Jones | BY-SA

    This sand and pebble beach lies next to the small seaside resort town of Newcastle, where the beautiful Mourne Mountains sweep down to the sea. The beach is about a mile and a half long, and the scenic views of the nearby mountains make this a popular destination for walkers. Murlough Beach and Murlough National…

  • Murlough Beach (1.7 miles)

    Murlough © Paul Mcilroy | BY-SA

    Murlough is a vast, five-mile long, golden sand beach, nestling under the beautiful Mourne Mountains.  The winds along this stretch of the coast can be strong, making it a popular place for surfing, kite surfing, and windsurfing. However, the main attraction of the area is walking, either along the beautiful sandy beach, or amongst the…

  • Tyrella Beach (Clough) (6.3 miles)

    Tyrella Beach (Clough) © Rod Allday | BY-SA

    The flat, wide, sandy beach of Tyrella in Downpatrick, County Down, is an enclosed two kilometre complex of dunes within Dundrum Bay. It backs on to 25 hectares of mature dunes located in a conservation area. There are pleasant scenic walks nearby, and the area is known as a haven for local fauna and flora.…

  • Nicholsons Strand Beach (14.4 miles)

    Nicholsons Strand © Eric Jones | BY-SA

    A vast sandy beach situated in a bay, backed by several large caravan parks. No facilities.

  • Cranfield Bay (15 miles)

    Cranfield Bay © Albert Bridge | BY-SA

    Cranfield Bay is a sand and shingle beach in front of Cranfield Bay Holiday Park. It offers excellent views of the mouth of Carlingford Lough, the surrounding Mourne Mountains and out to Haulbowline Lighthouse. 

    Towards the western end, the beach is backed by a promenade and a grassy area, a good spot for picnics, with a…

Newcastle beaches map

Map featuring Newcastle beaches. Click on pins to view beach details