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Top Beaches for Dog Walking

Posted on August 20, 2012 @ 4:43 PM in Beaches

Northern Ireland’s beaches with their long stretches of soft sand to explore, endless amounts of water to wade in and the likelihood of not bumping into anyone else, really are ideal for you and your four legged friend. Not only will they provide a welcome change of scenery they are also sure to make your dog’s tail wag even more compared to the usual day to day walks in your local area.  

With this in mind, BeachNI.com have hand picked the best beaches in Northern Ireland which allow dogs all year round, so all you have to do is grab the lead and off you go.

Beaches for dog walking

  • Ballyholme Beach, Co. Down - Ballyholme Beach is approximately 1.3 km in length and consists of a typical sandy beach with a rocky shore at each end.
  • Crawfordsburn Beach, Co. Down – Crawfordsburn Beach is approximately 0.7 kilometres in length and comprises of sand with a rocky shoreline at either end.
  • Groomsport Beach, Co. Down – Groomsport Beach is approximately 0.5km in length and consists of sand interspersed with rocky outcrops.
  • Helen’s Bay Beach, Co. Down – This beach is approximately 0.5km in length and features a beach front of sand with a rocky shoreline at either end.
  • Millisle Beach, Co. Down - Millisle Beach is a popular rural beach on the Ards Peninsula and provides 150m of golden sand to explore.
  • Portstewart Strand Beach, Co. Antrim - Portstewart Strand is the perfect spot to spend lazy summer days and take long walks into the sand dunes, which are a haven for wild flowers and butterflies.

Portstewart Strand

There are plenty more beautiful beaches in Northern Ireland that you can enjoy with your dog, check out BeachNI.com for a comprehensive list of dog walking beaches.  Please note that some beaches have restrictions and zones in place for dogs in the summer months so make sure to check out the website before you visit. 

Please be a responsible dog owner and ensure your dog is kept on a lead where appropriate.

Alternatively, if your dog fancies something a bit more adventurous than walking on the beach, why not take him surfing! :-)


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Beverley used to be a keen horse rider but since joining a local cycle club in 2013 she has developed a passion for 2 wheels instead of 4 hoofs! Meaning she can often be found on a bike exploring the roads across the country!

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