County Down Swimming beaches

The beach guide has 6 swimming beaches listed in County Down. Check here for all swimming beaches in the UK

  • Newcastle ©

    1. Newcastle Beach

    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…

  • Nicholsons Strand ©

    2. Nicholsons Strand Beach (Cranfield)

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

  • Millisle Lagoon ©

    3. Millisle Lagoon Beach

    Located on the doorstep of the seaside village of Millisle is a small sandy beach.

    The beach forms a natural seawater lagoon which makes it ideal for swimming. There is also a large open air pool located next to the beach.


  • Tyrella Beach (Clough) ©

    4. Tyrella Beach (Clough)

    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…

  • Cloughey Bay ©

    5. Cloughey Bay

    Cloughey Bay beach is a somewhat undiscovered gem with its expanse of fine golden sand. The long crescent of beach stretches for around 1.5 miles along the east coast of the Ard Peninsula on Northern Ireland's east coast. The bay faces…

  • Knockinelder Bay ©

    6. Knockinelder Bay

    Knockinelder Bay is a good-sized crescent of sand and shingle towards the southern end of the Ards Peninsula. The beach here is sometimes referred to as Kearney after the 18th-century fishing village here.

    The tidal range…