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Cranfield to Greencastle

This walk follows the shore west from the holiday centre of Cranfield to the village of Greencastle. The walk is easy but the beach is rough and rocky in places. Not passable at high tide.




5 miles

OS Map

Sheet 29

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Beach, Coastal


Beach and minor country roads

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Greencastle Castle and Haulbowline Lighthouse

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Route Description

Start at car park at Cranfield Beach (blue flag) and turn right onto the beach to Soldiers Point. Looking out to sea you can view Haulbowline Lighthouse, Blockhouse Island and Green Island. Blockhouse Island and Green Island are in the care of the National Trust. Follow the shore west to Green Island. Seals may be seen on the rocky islands around Greencastle or swimming in the shallow waters of Mill Bay. Greencastle Castle itself now in the care of the Historic Monuments Branch, is open to the public during the summer months. There are three alternative return routes to Cranfield: by the quiet road past the castle to the cross-roads where a right turn leads to the starting point; along the road past the castle and then via the Fair Road and the shore; or by the outward route.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Follow the signs for Cranfield off the A2 Newry to Newcastle road near Kilkeel.


Refreshments and car parking are available at Cranfield or nearby in Kilkeel.


Newry & Mourne Walking Guide

Publication Availability

Tel: Newry Tourist Office 028 3031 3170

Walk Location
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Ratings and Comments

Rory Thompson 3 March, 2016 @ 01:55

Lots to see, Bird and wildlife watchers can spot, curlews, oyster catchers, cormorants, common, artic, sandwich and roseate terns, herons, common and grey seals on the shore and Green Islands off Greencastle.

Jim Logan 5 February, 2015 @ 21:56

My paternal grandfather was Francis Logan. He lived in Derryhollagh, Cranfield at the beginning of the 20th century. He moved to Scotland and died in 1937 at the age of 41. Has anyone any information about him? - Jim

elaine agnes soares 7 August, 2013 @ 19:05

My paternal g'mother was born in Cranfield on Oct. 17, 1889. Her name was Matilda Coffey. Can anyone help with any information about her? Anything at all would be appreciated. Thank you very much. Elaine

john 27 February, 2013 @ 01:00

Can't wait to get for a walk on Cranfield Beach to Greencastle, stunning views of Carlingford Lough, the Mourne & Cooley Mountains followed by fish and chips at the Beachcomber Cafe - a perfect way to relax, Role on St Patrick's Day!

frankie 28 December, 2012 @ 22:29

its a lovely walk cranfield to greencastle, in a nice summer day you can go for a swim if you take the beach route, done it many a times.

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