A gently sloping mostly sandy beach, located at the entrance to Carlingford Lough. The South facing beach is perfect for a swim during the summer months (with lifeguard duty July and August) or for an enjoyable walk anytime of the year. On a less than sunny day it is advisable to bring some warm clothes and a windproof jacket. When facing the sea, if you walk to your right, it is possible to walk right round to Greencastle, and it’s picturesque pier. Make sure to check tide times.
Facilities include car parking, toilets, children’s play area, and picnic tables.
Directions: Drive towards Kilkeel from Rostrevor, after 5 miles take the turn signposted Cranfield Beach.
Journey time is about 15 minutes by car.
Tip: Finish a visit to the beach with a trip to Mourne Grange Cafe, on the Kilkeel main road. Open 2-5pm Friday to Sunday.
Murlough Sand Dunes
Murlough Sand Dunes and Beach are on the Dundrum road out of Newcastle. This is a beautiful place for a walk, where you can view the Mournes sloping down to the sea. The Sand Dunes are managed by The National Trust, and the car park has an entry fee. It is worthwhile parking here, rather than along the road, as there is a small cafe, toilet facilities, and picnic benches.
Directions: From Newcastle, head towards Dundrum village. A brown tourist sign indicates Murlough Sand Dunes, on the right hand side.
Journey time is about 30 minutes by car from Rostrevor Holidays.
Tip: Travel on to Dundrum village to visit the castle. With children, stop off at the fantastic adventure playground (free) on the way to the village, on the left hand side.