Cranfield is a gently-sloping, sand and shingle beach in an idyllic location near the entrance to Carlingford Lough. It’s backed by the famous Mountains of Mourne and provides excellent views across the water towards the Cooley Mountains and the elegant 19th century Haulbowline Lighthouse, Blockhouse Island and Green Island.
The quality of this south-facing beach is acknowledged by a Blue Flag award, making it perfect for family- and water-based activities including swimming, snorkelling, kitesurfing and windsurfing. It lies within an area designated as being of Special Scientific Interest and is an ideal destination for walkers and nature-lovers. Seals may be seen on the rocky islands around nearby Greencastle or swimming in the shallow waters of Mill Bay.
The western end of Cranfield beach is backed by a promenade, a grassy area ideal for picnics and a children’s large play area. Cranfield Bay Holiday Park is situated behind it and provides direct access.
Facilities include free and disabled parking, toilets and showers. Lifeguards supervise the beach daily in July and August (11a.m – 6 p.m) and during weekends in September. Other shops, restaurants and places to stay can be found in Kilkeel, 5 miles away.