Northern Ireland’s stunning coastline produces some amazing beaches with breathtaking views. Discover some of the best beaches which are only a short drive form Belfast.
Helen's Bay Beach
Helen’s Bay Beach is one of two excellent beaches found in Crawfordsburn Country Park. Helen’s Bay Beach is gently shelving and has excellent water quality making it ideal for bathing. The country park provides an excellent back drop to the beach, with wooded headlands, meadows, quality walks and good facilities.
Ballyholme Beach and Park
Ballyholme Beach is a long time favourite for families to take a dip and build sand castles. Nowadays the beach is used all year round by wet suited windsurfers who come from all over Northern Ireland to skim along its waves in the breeze.
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Relish 3.5km of lovely beaches and riverside rambles. Hedgehogs, squirrels and badgers are just some of the animals which make their home in the woodland glen and when walking along the coastal path look out for seals frolicking in the waves.
Millisle Beach Park
Millisle Beach Park is a rural beach off the Ballywalter Road on the Ards Peninsula. The park provides a small sandy beach, play and picnic facilities, a jetty and two slip ways. Also situated nearby is a children’s playground which includes interactive equipment, the first of its kind in the Ards Borough.
Get out in the fresh air and enjoy a relaxing walk with the family in Belfast, and beyond this summer. Stroll through some of Belfast’s famous parks and gardens or head out further afield, enjoy the wildlife and take in some breathtaking views.