Official tourism website for Northern Ireland

Dundrum Coastal Path

Co Down
Dundrum Coastal Path

Book Tickets Online


The Dundrum Coastal Path runs along a 2.5 km stretch of disused railway line on the western shore of Dundrum Inner Bay. The path forms part of the Lecale Way and is popular with walkers and birdwatchers alike. The path itself is of considerable nature conservation interest with a variety of semi-natural habitats along its length including herb-rich grassland, marginal scrub and scrub-woodland, marshy tall herb stands, brackish pools, and a narrow fringe of saltmarsh.

Start Point:

Finish Point:

The trail begins in the small National Trust car park accessed by turning right off the main A2 a few hundred metres north of Dundrum village. Looking east at high tide across the waters of Dundrum inner Bay and at low tide across its estuarine sands and muds, the Dundrum Coastal Path offers vistas of exceptional beauty. The gentle shelving shoreline of Dundrum Inner Bay merges with the shingle, sandy spit and dunes of Murlough. Across the bay lie the fertile plains of Lecale, while behind the village on the summit of a rocky hill, stands one of Northern Ireland’s most evocative medieval ruins; Dundrum Castle. To the south of the Coastal path is Widow’s Row, a small group of cottages built by public subscription to house the wives and children of the Dundrum fishermen who lost their lives in the fishing disaster of 1843. Turn left and continue along the trail following the way markers as necessary. Dundrum Inner Bay is of very high interest for both its marine life and is part of the Murlough Special Area of Conservation. It regularly holds significant numbers of wildfowl and waders throughout the winter. The birds come to the estuary because of the relatively mild climate and abundance of food found on the mudflats. Green Island, a small low-lying island in Dundrum Inner Bay, is one of the major high tide roosts within the Inner Bay. Species include oystercatcher, lapwing, redshank and curlew, and during the winter small numbers of black-tailed godwit, turnstone and grey plover are present. The path follows the old railway line and opposite Ardilea Bridge an artificial embankment carries the track across the Inner Bay. The trail ends 400 meters beyond the Ardilea Bridge. Walkers can retrace their steps back to the car park in Dundrum.

1.6 (one way) miles


Point of interest:
Birdlife, varied habitats, views across the bay

Carpark, bike racks, picnic table and holiday cottage.

Lecale Waymarked Way Guide.

Publication availability:
Contact Downpatrick Tourist Information Centre 028 4461 2233. Alternatively, a copy of the Guide is available to download on this webpage.

Nearest town:

OS map:
Sheet 29

Accessible terrain:
Off road paths


Provider Preferences

  • Free (parking charges may apply)

Map & Directions

What's Nearby

  1. Believed to have been built in or around 1177, Dundrum Castle was built by John De Courcy…

    0.42 miles away
  2. Set in spectacular surroundings overlooking Dundrum inner Bay these fine Georgian…

    0.71 miles away
  3. Murlough National Nature Reserve is a fragile 6000 year old sand dune system owned by the…

    1 miles away
  1. The Maize Maze is the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland. A massive 6 acre field of…

    2.8 miles away
  2. Maghera Church and Round Tower is of major historical importance and is among many…

    3.1 miles away
  3. Tyrella beach and conservation area is a small, enclosed dune complex within Dundrum Bay.…

    3.68 miles away
  4. A hornbeam maze at the centre of an 18th century walled garden is the focus of interest…

    3.88 miles away
  5. Sand & pebble beach located on the south down coast.

    4.13 miles away
  6. This 5 mile stretch of golden sands is still the essence of the resort and is hugely…

    4.14 miles away
  7. A small car park for visitors is located off the Drumnaquoile Road and an extensive…

    4.31 miles away
  8. Newcastle's Parks consist of outdoor facilities at the Castle and Island parks. Castle…

    4.34 miles away
  9. Located in a dramatic setting of mountains and sea, this is one of the most oustanding…

    4.73 miles away
  10. Oak wood from Tollymore Forest Park was used for the interiors of the White Star liners…

    5.19 miles away
  11. Situated 8.8km south east of Ballynahinch, on the north east shore of Loughinisland Lake,…

    5.74 miles away
  12. The Saint Patrick Centre is the starting point for any visitor who wishes to know more…

    6.42 miles away
  13. Travel back to the past with real vintage steam trains through St. Patrick's Country,…

    6.42 miles away
Previous Next

Map & Directions

Back to Top

Tourism Northern Ireland

Don't Miss