Murlough is another of County Down’s long, sandy beaches. This one must be at least 3 kilometres long, so if you are into beach walking this is the place for you.
When we were there the tide was in and the beach almost completely covered. With a breeze blowing the water was wavy and wasn’t great for swimming. However, you do have great views of the Mournes as a backdrop. If you prefer to jump waves you will like Murlough, but do be careful. Also take notice of the warning signs at the entrances – they are there for a reason.
If you are visiting with children check the tides so that you have some beach for them to play. If needs be you will find shelter in the dunes and along the various paths that run from the car parking areas to the beach
Lifeguards are on duty in the summer months, but weren’t there when we visited. Check locally for details.
Blue Flag beach.
Directions: From Newcastle take the A2 signposted Belfast. After 1-2 Miles you will see the beach car park signposted on your right hand side. The whole area is run by the National Trust and parking costs #3.50, with a short walk to the beach. A few hundred yards further on there is a free car park on your left. From here, however, you have a ten minute walk to the beach