7 seaside towns to visit this summer in Northern Ireland
Blogs, Co. Down, Co. Antrim, Things to do
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.
The seaside town of Newcastle, County Down
Seaside resorts in Northern Ireland
First up on our list of seaside towns 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, take your dog for a brisk walk along the beach or visit the neighbouring town of Castlewellan and visit the Forest Park and Peace Maze.
Next up, we continue down the Mourne Coastal Route (look out for the brown road signs!) to the seaside town of Warrenpoint. Overlooking the picturesque Carlingford Lough, it's only a short drive from Newry.
The summer months in Warrenpoint see many festivals take place, with the Blues on the Bay Festival one of the most popular. Pubs and restaurants are aplenty in Warrenpoint, with Restaurant 23 and The Whistledown Hotel 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 along the Causeway Coastal Route in County Antrim, 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.
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 including the refurbished Marine Hotel, and with a popular golf course, many great pubs and restaurants, Ballycastle is great for a short coastal break in Northern Ireland.
Another popular seaside town on Northern Ireland's Causeway Coastal Route 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. 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.
Situated minutes from Portstewart along the Causeway Coastal Route is the popular seaside town of Portrush. Despite today's fast paced life it remains an old time returning favourite for the young and old alike with many wonderful childhood memories spanning over family generations.
One of the main attractions is Barry's Amusement park, established for over 50 years, the largest amusement park in Ireland. It's also home to one of the best and most challenging golf courses in the world; Royal Portrush and the only club in Ireland to have hosted The Open, and will do so again in 2019.
Located in County Down, the beautiful town of Bangor is situated on the southern side of Belfast Lough. It is in close proximity to Belfast city and is a popular seaside resort, meaning it is the perfect location for visitors.
Bangor also boasts one of Ireland’s largest marinas which holds the prestigious 5 Gold Anchor Award. On the far side of the Marina is Pickie Family Fun Park, a seaside oasis for children with Giant Swan pedal boats, paddling pools, adventure playgrounds, cafe and a miniature railway.
7. Strangford Lough
The pretty conservation village of Strangford is the perfect stop-off point for a relaxing lunch or stroll around the harbour. From here you can explore Strangford Lough, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Northern Ireland’s first marine nature reserve. Hop on board the ferry and sail across the lough to Portaferry. Take a tour of Portaferry Castle’s historical grounds, or simply walk along the marina and take in the breathtaking views all round.
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