Ballyhornan Beach – the Co. Down Coast

There are so many nooks and crannies along the Co. Down coast that it’s almost impossible to decide on a favourite. The joy of day tripping is to just drive along the coast, stopping where and when you choose and relishing the views and the space. You see, by and large, the beaches that you visit are either empty, or sparsely populated with the one or two other families. And if one beach is a little too busy, just drive on until you find an empty cove all to yourself.

We initially headed for Strangford, and then up the coast towards Coney Island in true Van the Man style. At Kilclief the tide was out and there were few other visitors so after a bit of a wander we moseyed on up the coast to Ballyhornan. There were a few folks on this beach too, but it was big enough to allow us all plenty of space, and wonderful views.

Ballyhornan Beach

Ballyhornan Beach


My name is Peter Holloway and having lived in Southport, England for 20 years, followed by a couple of years back in Northern Ireland I'm now working as an IT Manager in West Sussex. I was born in Northern Ireland and raised in the suburbs of Belfast just off the Saintfield Road, attended Cairnshill Primary School and Annadale Grammar School. I studied for a London University BD at Belfast Bible College.