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Best beaches in County Down

Below are a list of the top 10 beaches in County Down as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in County Down is Murlough. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in County Down just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • 1. Murlough Beach

    Murlough Beach

    A long sandy beach backed by extensive sand dunes and stretching all the way from Newcastle to Tyrella.

  • 2. Groomsport Beach

    Groomsport Beach

    Groomsport Beach is 10 minutes drive from the centre of Bangor. The beach is located adjacent to the small harbour. Also by the harbour and beach are Cockle Row Cottages Tourist Information Office. Groomsport is near the National Trust Nature Reserve…

  • 3. Ballywalter Beach

    Ballywalter Beach

    Ballywalter is an old fishing village and now a popular day-trip destination. It has a long sandy beach with a large breakwater and slipways.

  • 4. Cranfield Bay

    Cranfield Bay

    A combination of sand and shingle. The promenade provides spectacular views of Mourne Mountains. Facilities include toilets, a free car park and a café and variety of watersports. The destination is very child friendly and accommodating to families.

  • 5. Newcastle Beach

    Newcastle Beach

    Newcastle is a seaside resort situated at the western end of a long sandy beach stretching to Murlough and the entrance to Dundrum bay. It has a busy high street set back from the beach with shops, cafes and amusement arcades.

  • 6. Nicholsons Strand Beach (Cranfield)

    Nicholsons Strand Beach (Cranfield)

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

  • 7. Millisle Lagoon Beach

    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. Along with a jetty, slipways…