Located in the seaside town of Bangor, a mile long crescent of sandy beach curving along the bay
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Paddle in the surf along the mile long beach, a long time favourite for families to take a dip and build sandcastles!
The mile long crescent of sandy beach curving along the shore of Ballyholme bay has been a favourite sea bathing spot for generations. Nowadays it is used all year round by wet suited windsurfers who come from all over Northern Ireland to skim along its waves in the breeze. Children love to paddle here and build sand castles, it is the perfect place for a family day out with bucket and spade.
The terraces of handsome houses along the Esplanade provide a pleasant backdrop to bracing walks along the promenade towards Ballymacormick Point.
Ballymacormick Point, this rocky outcrop is located between Ballyholme and the little village of Groomsport. Covered in gorse, it is good for rough walking and for spotting birds, flowers and foxes.
Great Wars Trail
Just a short distance from anchor in Belfast Lough for the Allied forces was Ballyholme beach. This wide and flat beach acted as a suitable training ground for landing craft for the troops of the US battleships in preparation for the D Day landings that would shortly follow.
Before departing for the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy in June 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower inspected the 30,000 American soldiers and sailors. They gathered in three huge US Navy battleships (the Nevada, Texas and Arkansas) in Belfast Lough off Bangor. He also visited the Naval Headquarters in Bangor’s Royal Hotel. The main pier was renamed Eisenhower Pier after him and has a commemorative mural.