2. Derrynane Co. Kerry, Ireland

Derryanne Co, Ireland

Run wild

Why go? With rocks for climbing on, pools to explore and clear water for swimming, Derrynane beach has the sort of magical atmosphere that will fire up young imaginations and keep them foraging for hours. There are all sorts of interesting creatures to look out for, including natterjack toads and golden orioles.

Activities: If you’re after something active for older kids, head to Derrynane harbour, where you can hire kayaks. There’s even an opportunity to sneak in a history lesson; visit nearby Derrynane House, former home of Daniel ‘the Liberator’ O’Connell, and at low tide, walk across to Abbey Island.

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