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 walks nearby, and the area is known as a haven for local fauna and flora. From Tyrella there are stunning views of the mountains of Mourne.

Despite being slightly off the beaten track, the beach can get surprisingly busy at peak times, particularly bank holidays – including the car park.

Tyrella beach is a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts visitors do need to be prepared for high waves and high winds on occasion. Activities on offer include kite surfing and surfing, wind surfing, and fishing. There is a lifeguard on duty in season.

There are baby changing facilities and basic public toilets available, plus parking near the beach. A lifeguard service is provided during the summer season. During the bathing season, dogs are banned on this beach between 10am to 6pm.

Tyrella Beach has held a Seaside Award every year since 1997. It is also a regular recipient of the Green Coast Award and Blue Flag Award.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned between 10am and 6pm during the bathing season.

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  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Good fishing
  • Kite surfing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • Lost child centre

Nearest town


OS grid ref.

SB 5608 9040

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardGreen Coast AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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Tyrella Beach (Clough) Reviews

dirty hole

unhappy customer
May 16th 2021

Ok so they charge £4 for what? Access to a beach should be free, never paid into a beach in Ireland, and they have a lot nicer beaches than this. So dune paths are worn and awful, trip hazard, signs non existent, dog poo everywhere, but I don’t blame the dog owners because no one cares about this derelict place. No facilities whatsoever apart from a dirty sand car park and abandoned buildings, then you see the rubbish ....oh my god its everywhere, like a dump, no water quality reports so don’t know if its clean to swim, probably the worst beach I’ve ever been too, but would be ok if the rubbish was gone, I mean charging 4quid to sit amongst rubbish is a laugh.

Needs a good clean

Feb 17th 2021

There is rubbish right from the turn off the main road down to the beach then more rubbish the whole way along the beach. It’s like the local council has forgotten about this beach. Had a great walk and swim in the waves but the litter really spoiled it.

quiet clean beach

Dec 08th 2020

Sorry previous reviewer had that experience, I have visited many times and love the beach, it has always been clean and is not so busy as Murlough.  No charges and lovely car park for picnic.

Poorly managed

Aug 07th 2020

I visited 06/08/20
Toilets closed. Bins overflowing. Lots of litter.
There were a couple of young guys sitting in the wardens hut who just shrugged when I asked about facilities. Sign said no dogs then someone said only on the left of the beach. Confusing
I wouldn’t rush back

What did we get wrong?