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Best Beaches in Ireland with Kids

Last Updated 07/11/2022.

Ireland is known for having some seriously stunning beaches. Let’s take a look at which Irish coastal beauty spots are the best beaches in Ireland with kids.

In almost every county in Ireland, you will find several stunning beaches to choose from for your family day out.

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The weather in Ireland is unpredictable, so be sure to always check the forecast before your trip to ensure that conditions are safe for you and the family.

Whether you’re looking for a beautiful spot to have a picnic, go for a swim, take a beach walk, or just relax with the family, we’ve got you covered with the ten best beaches in Ireland to visit with your kids.

Best Beaches in Ireland With Kids and For Families

The following beaches make it onto our top ten of beaches in Ireland with kids and for families.

10. Curracloe Beach, Co. Wexford

Curracloe Beach is a beautiful beach for kids and the whole family in Co. Wexford

Curracloe Beach in County Wexford is a beautiful, long stretch of white sand that is perfect for a family day out. 

You may even recognise this family-friendly beach from the D-Day landing scene in Saving Private Ryan. What more could you want than a beach that has been featured in a Hollywood blockbuster?

One of the very best hotels in Republic of Ireland for kids and families is the Amber Springs Hotel in Gorey, Co. Wexford. This fabulous family destination is just over half an hour from Wexford and Curracloe Beach. It features rooms for families, plus attractions such as mini golf, ride-ons and a petting zoo. It also has indoor activities (plus a pool!) and a kids’ club if the weather is bad. Check out this outstanding Irish family hotel here.

Address: Coolrainey, Curracloe, Co. Wexford, Ireland

Find a hotel near Curracloe Beach here!

9. Helen’s Bay, Co. Down

Helen’s Bay is a great family beach near Belfast and Bangor in Co. Down, Northern Ireland.

A day out at Helen’s Bay with the kids is a great one, especially in the summer months as it’s the perfect spot for a beach picnic.

There’s usually an ice cream truck, too. This is one of the best beaches in Northern Ireland and is located just a short drive from the bustling city of Belfast.

This hotel, in Bangor, has en-suite family suites and is just a 10 minute (approximately) drive away.

Address: Grey Point, Helen’s Bay, Bangor BT19 1JX 

Find hotels near Helen’s Bay here!

8. Inchydoney Beach, Co. Cork

a safe and clean beach

Inchydoney Beach is a great beach to bring the kids to, as there is always a lifeguard on duty from the morning to when the sun goes down.

Located just outside the colourful heritage town of Clonakilty in West Cork, there is a surf school, coffee kiosk, and plenty of space for activities. 

Address: P85 AT27, 51, Inchydoney Island, Inchydoney, Co. Cork, P85 AT27, Ireland

Find hotels near Inchydoney Island here!

7. Rossnowlagh Beach, Co. Donegal

a stunning stretch of white sand

Rossnowlagh is one of the most impressive beaches in Ireland and is truly a sight to behold. 

Visitors are allowed to park on the beach, so this makes it a firm favourite amongst people visiting with their families. 

It’s a stunning stretch of white sand and is a great place to surf. Just be sure to check the weather before you visit to ensure conditions are safe.

Address: Rossnowlagh, Golf View, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Find hotels near Rossnowlagh here!

6. Banna Beach, Co. Kerry

Banna Beach in County Kerry is a great beach for family fun activities.

Banna Beach, also known as Banna Strand, is a fantastic stretch of beach in Tralee Bay. This is the perfect spot to visit with the kids in the summer as, at this time of year, there are always lifeguards on duty, and you can take part in swimming, surfing, and kite surfing! 

The Dingle Peninsua is nearby and of course you can drive The Ring of Kerry.

Find hotels near Banna Beach here!

5. Bundoran Beach, Co. Donegal

perfect for an easy stroll

Bundoran has a stunning Blue Flag beach that is perfect for kids of all ages. It’s just a short walk from the town’s main street and is backed by a promenade, perfect for an easy stroll.

With stunning views across Donegal Bay, this is a beautiful beach to visit with the kids.

Address: Drumacrin, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Find hotels near Bundoran Beach here!

4. White Strand Beach, Co. Clare

– beautiful marine life

This is a love white sand beach near Miltown Malbay in County Clare. Awarded Blue Flag status, there is a variety of marine wildlife to be seen here, including lots of fish and shellfish species.

Famous for its beautiful coastal setting, it’s just a little west of the village of Doonbeg.

Address: White Strand, Killard, Co., Killard, Co. Clare, Ireland

Find hotels near White Strand Beach here!

3. Fanore Beach, Co. Clare

sand dunes and limestone to explore

Fanore Beach is a fantastic beach that has lots of space for your kids to run around and have fun on. This is a great spot for a beach picnic with coastal and mountain views right in front of you as you soak up the sun or go for a swim.

Address: Fanore More, Co. Clare, Ireland

Find hotels near Fanore Beach here!

2. Barleycove Beach, Co. Cork

Barleycove Beach is a beautiful stretch of beach on the remote Mizen Peninsula, about 2 hours drive from Cork city.

This stunning beach has large sand dunes (formed by a tsunami in 1755!)(source) that have been designated a Special Area of Conservation under the European Habitats Directive. 

During the summer and on weekends, lifeguards are present to make your swimming experience as safe as possible.

The Barleycove Holiday Park is fairly near the beach, or you can stay in a rental cottage in Goleen, it’s near, just 10 mins (about 7km) away. See the cottage here.

Address: Cannawee, Co. Cork, Ireland

Find hotels near Barelycove Beach here (map view)!

1. Five Finger Strand, Co. Donegal

Five Finger Strand is a good beach for families and kids in Co. Donegal in The Republic of Ireland

Five Finger Strand is one of the most spectacular beaches in Ireland. The towering sand dunes are an impressive sight as you settle down on the beach for the day

You and your family will enjoy a beautiful day out at Five Finger Strand, which gets its strange name from the five sea stacks that can be seen at low tide.

Rathmullen House is one of the best hotels in County Donegal for families, it overlooks Lough Swilley and 3km of sandy beach and The Wild Atlantic Way. Alternatively check out this super-cute holiday cottage near Five Finger Strand.

Address: Co. Donegal, Ireland

Book a Beautiful holiday cottage near Five Finger Strand here.

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