5 seaside towns to visit this summer in Northern Ireland

Blogs, Co. Down, Co. Antrim, Things to do

Posted by Mags

Published March 15, 2017

There’s something quite magical about Northern Irish seaside towns, especially when we are fortunate enough to enjoy a great spell of weather. Childhood memories of ice cream, pony rides, face painting and the smell of fish and chips all come roaring back when you think of a trip down to the seaside.

Seaside Towns in Northern Ireland

The seaside town of Newcastle, County Down

Seaside resorts in Northern Ireland


First up on our list of seaside towns to visit this summer is Newcastle in County Down. With the blue flag Murlough Beach only a stone's throw away , and the Mourne Mountains in the backdrop, Newcastle is one of the most popular coastal towns during the summer months. With a busy promenade and plenty of cafes, bars and amusements, you'll not be short of things to do in Newcastle. If you're planning a weekend away, bring the hiking boots and enjoy a walk up Slieve Donard, or visit the neighbouring town of Castlewellan and try your hand at some mountain biking.


Next up, we continue down the Mourne coastal route to the seaside town of Warrenpoint, which overlooks the picturesque Carlingford Lough and is a short drive from Newry city. The summer months in Warrenpoint see many festivals take place, with the Blues on the Bay International Music Festival the most popular. Pubs and restaurants are aplenty in Warrenpoint, with Restaurant 23 well worth checking out. Kilbroney Park in the nearby town of Rostrevor will also provide you with lots of fun things to do with friends and family.


Located on Antrim's north coast, the seaside town of Ballycastle will provide you with no shortage of things to do, and is home to another of Northern Ireland's blue flag beaches at Ballycastle Marina jumps combos. Ballycastle is a great place to be on a sunny day, with breathtaking views and outdoor activities aplenty. There's no shortage of accommodation in Ballycastle, and with a popular golf course, and many great pubs and restaurants, Ballycastle is great for a short coastal break in Northern Ireland. Nearby attractions include Carrick-a-Rede and Bushmills, while the Giants Causeway is just a short journey along the north coast.


Another popular seaside town on Northern Ireland's north coast is Portstewart, a town that see its fair share of visitors over the summer months. Another town with a prestigious blue flag beach, the Portstewart Strand is one of the few beaches on the island of Ireland that still allows cars access to it. Portstewart is a popular spot for surfing with many enthusiastic individuals taking to the waves throughout the year. With horse riding popular on the beaches, and plenty of parks, Portstewart is a hit with families both young and old, and along with the neighbouring town of Portrush, has lots of entertainment throughout the peak summer and holiday seasons.


Last on our list is a seaside resort with a difference, as technically it's not along the coast. 5 miles from Magherafelt and 12 miles from Cookstown is the small town of Ballyronan, which lies on the shores of Lough Neagh. With outdoor play areas, picnic facilities aplenty and a special woodland trail, Ballyronan is a great town for a day trip with the family.


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