I  am so happy to be close to some of the best beaches around Cork, although I am not big on cleaning sand out from everywhere I get over it as the beaches and the coast is what I missed most about Cork when I lived in London.   This is small selection of the beaches around Cork some of them I have still to visit so i will add more detail as I do.

Whats your favourite beach.  Drop me a line and tell me what other amazing beaches has to offer on our beautiful Cork shores.


Inch Strand, East Cork

I love this spot even though it is not that easy to get a buggy onto it.  Beautiful stretch of beach and rock pools.  Love it for a run around with the girls and has a surf school there for older kids and adults if it takes your fancy.



Garryvoe Beach is great for a walk with the buggy on the promenade if the tide is in or you don’t want to get sandy.  Lovely little playground next to the promenade also and if you are peckish pop into Garryvoe hotel across the road for coffee and a scone or a bit of lunch!


Ardnahinch, Shanagarry

I have no good pictures that does this beach justice so it is a work in progress.    This beach actually joins up to Garryvoe beach if the tide is out.  It looks out over Ballycotton  lighthouse.  I have to add the Lighthouse Tours to my ToDo List! You can roll a buggy down to this beach as it has a ramp.

Ballynamona, Ballycotton

This beach also looks out over Ballycotton lighthouse.  It is great for buggy walk but the buggy has to be carried over the initial sandy verge.  Fabulous long stretch of a beach.



Ballycroneen, Cloyne

This beach is such a little hidden gem.  I got lost trying to find it but it was worth it.  Such a quiet little beach and lovely to toddle around with some rock pools.  You have to walk over grassy verge to get to it so not really buggy friendly to get on it.


Inchydoney Beach, Clonakilty

A beautiful stretch of beach close to Clonakilty village.  This place has a special place in my heart as it was where my eldest had her first paddle around the water when she was a baby when we had a day out with Granny when I was back in Ireland for a weekend.  The hotel next to the beach does lovely food.  The Model Railway is close by and makes a lovely day out with a visit to the railway, trip to the beach and dinner in the beautiful hotel.



Close to Carigaline, and a favourite with a lot of Cork people.  I must admit I still have to visit but I hear a trip to this beach and a visit to Bunnyconellans is worth it


Close to Kinsale and Ballinspittle is also a much loved beach in Cork.  Very popular for surfing.  Still to visit myself so photos to follow!

Dock Beach

This little beach is also situated close to Kinsale.  It is small and safe and we use to go here a lot as children.  Located on the other side of the Bandon river next to Castlepark Marina.

Barleycove, West Cork

I use to go here a bit as a child and loved it.  Barleycove is close for Crookhaven and Golleen

SandyCove, West Cork

This beach is 12km from Clonakilty also on the to do list!

Ballydonegan, Allihies West Cork

This is a fab beach which I have been going to as a child. The currents can be bad but the grainy sand gives you a foot massage after a walk on it.  Albeit not great for a sand castle.

Garnish Beach, Garnish West Cork

This is one of our favourites.  There is a couple of beaches in Garnish and they are sheltered and good for toddlers.  Allihies is the closest village.