Newcastle Beach

Newcastle Beach is a popular tourist destination located on the South Down coast.

Newcastle Beach comprises of sand, pebbles and larger stones and is approx 2.5 km in length. 

The major part of Newcastle Beach is backed by a promenade and the seaside town of Newcastle, which has lots of shops, amusements and other attractions. The beach has a very gentle slope with the Mountains of Mourne in the background.

The entire area is within the Mournes and Slieve Croob Area of Outstanding Beauty and the Murlough Special Area for Conservation.

Good water quality.

Lifeguard Service and Life Saving equipment on Newcastle Beach and signage on promenade.

Tourist information / visitor centre.

Dogs allowed - No dogs in the restricted areas between 1 April and 30 September when Award Flag is flying.


Accessible parking
Disabled car parking and disabled access is available via ramps from the promenade.

Opening Hours

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Getting There

By car

Newcastle Beach is located at the foot of the Mourne Mountains in Newcastle town adjacent to the promenade. The town of Newcastle is located on the A2 Coastal Road Clough to Newry.

By cycle

A cycle route follows the A2.


Walk Trails

Linear, 26 miles

Mourne Way. Through the heart of the Mourne Mountains.

Circular, 28 miles

Newcastle Way. A circular route taking in the diverse scenery of Co Down.

Linear, 2.9 (one way) miles

Slieve Donard (via Glen River). A walk to the summit of Slieve Donard, the highest mountain in Northern Ireland.

Circular, 3 miles

Donard Forest Walk. Donard Forest lies at the foot of the Mourne Mountains.

Circular, 3 miles

Granite Trail (Bogie Line & Drinneevar Loop). The Granite Trail to Thomas's Mountain is just over 1,100 metres.

Mountain Bike Trails

Castlewellan. The Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails boast flowing singletrack and incredible views of the Mourne Mountains.

Cycling Routes

Circular, 25 miles

Newcastle /Lough Island Reavy Route. Circular route with spectacular scenery in the Mournes.

Circular, 1 miles

Tollymore Mountain Bike Skills Course. A purpose designed skills course.

Circular, 25 miles

Slieve Croob Cycle Route. A route that offers stunning views of the Mourne and Slieve Croob Mountains.

Canoeing Routes

Newcastle Harbour. On the South East Coast Canoe Trail.

Outdoor Activity Centres

+44(0)77 4028 5794

Mountain Sojourns.

+44 (0)28 9073 7271

Outdoor Concepts (NI) Ltd.

+44(0)79 7340 8056

Outdoor Ireland North.

+44(0)7703 209989

Blokart World.


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