Tyrella beach in County Down is one of Northern Ireland's most scenic beaches, situated under the beautiful Mourne Mountains. It is also one of Ireland's cleanest, and regularly wins Blue Flag Awards, Seaside Awards and Green Coast Awards. At about 1.5 miles / 2 kilometres, Tyrella offers a long strand that is popular with both walkers and water sports lovers. It has clear water and brisk, cool waves. Unlike some other Irish beaches, no cars are allowed on Tyrella's open and expansive strand, which makes it more pleasant to experience -- and there is a car park nearby, with a direct ramp to the beach, so those with wheelchairs / prams / buggies can access. The car park is free most of the year but during the peak months of July / August, a daily charge of £4 is required.
Some kids enjoy the waves at Tyrella beach
Tyrella is a great place for families and children, who love all the usual beach activities such as making sandcastles, paddling and splashing and swimming in the sea (which is safe in the designated areas), although the waves can be a little choppy.
Tyrella is also known for its sand dunes, which are protected, and provide natural habitat to various plants, flowers, insects and other creatures. These sheltered grassy areas offered scenic, but are also great for picnics and offer shade and respite on warmer summer days.
Lifeguards are on duty, but only during July / August.
Toilets are available near the lifeguard station, but are open only during the busy period, July / August.
Tyrella Beach. Image by Paisley Scotland