Cranfield Beach

Cranfield Beach

Cranfield offers gently sloping, mainly sandy beach located at the entrance to Carlingford Lough, an area designated an Area of Special Scientific Interest. The idyllic location has the majestic Mourne Mountains as a dramatic backdrop. 

Cranfield Beach, a long south-facing beach offers excellent facilities for all and is popular with families and water sport enthusiasts. During July and August RNLI lifeguards are on duty 11am to 6pm daily. This service is continued on weekends only during September.


Available opposite the entrance to the beach.
Located beside the car park in the amenity block.
Family and Children
Children's Play Area off the beach.
Located beside the car park in the amenity block.
Open all year round. The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: disabled toilets and disabled parking and an access ramp onto the beach.
Accessible parking
Disabled parking available.
Accessible toilets
Disabled toilets available.

Opening Hours

Open all year round.



No charge.


No charge.

Getting There

By Car

Cranfield Beach is located off the main A2 Rostrevor to Kilkeel Road. The nearest town, Kilkeel, is located four miles from the beach.

By Public Transport

Buses leave from Greencastle Street, Kilkeel daily at 10:00, 12:00, 15:00 and 17:00 hours.

By Bicycle

The 12 mile Cranfield/Greencastle cycle route passes by Cranfield Beach.

Cycling Routes

Circular, 12 miles

The Cranfield / Greencastle Route. A Beautiful route towards Cranfield Beach and a visit to historic Greencastle..

Canoeing Routes

Cranfield. On the South East Coast Canoe Trail.

Cranfield. On the Lough Neagh Canoe Trail.

Outdoor Activity Centres

+44(0)28 417 39923 / 417 38516

East Coast Adventure Centre. East Coast Adventure is located on the Northern shores of Carlingford Lough only a 20 minute drive from Cranfield Beach. The centre offers a full range of outdoor activities including water sports (Canoeing/Kayaking/Banana Boating/Jet Ski Rides/ Yacht Trips / Power Boat Trips). The centre is an RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Training Centre for Power Boat and Personal Water Craft (Jet Ski) qualifications. The centre is open to Youth Group & School Groups through the year. July & August public hire is offered to passing tourists. Opening Hours and further information can be found by clicking here..

+44(0)7703 209989

Blokart World. Blokart World is Ireland's leading Blokart school. Providing Blokart sales & training across the country. Blokart World is run by qualified trainers for the sport. We provide training & assessment packages to both the public & private sector on a wide range of topics with many options to suit all requirements..

Other Activities

Blokart World is Ireland's leading Blokart school. Providing Blokart sales & training across the country.

Jet Skiing
Motorised craft and personal water craft are allowed to use the slipway to access the water but must get permission from Newry and Mourne District Council first. The Cranfield Code must be adhered to.





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