Fun Nature Walks in Clare for Families

Clare has plenty of woodland or seaside to walk along.  Keep in mind what’s the appropriate length of walk for your children and be sure to bring drinks and snacks with you.  I’ve made the mistake of leaving the snacks in the car for after and that didn’t go over well.  My kids are thirsty during the walk.  Here are our suggestions for some fun nature walks in Clare to take the kids on:


Ballyalla and Lissycasey

For smaller children, Ballyalla and Lissycasey have short walks with ducks to feed.  The paths are well maintained and suitable for pushchairs.  There are picnic tables and/or benches to sit on. Don’t forget to bring the bread for the ducks!

Dromore, Cratloe and Kilrush

Our favourite walks in the woods would be at Dromore, Cratloe, and Kilrush.  The kids can run free amongst the paths in the trees. Dromore has a castle ruin and Cratloe is quite scenic.

Kilrush Woods has the Vandeleur Walled Garden right there so you can pop in for tea and scones.

Ballybeg Wood and Mooghaun Hillfort

Near Ennis there are Ballybeg Woods or Mooghaun Hillfort.  They both have lovely trails through the woods and are great for short walks.

Kilkee and Lahinch

Walks on the beach or near the seaside are a brilliant way to experience nature.  Kilkee has the pollock holes to explore and Lahinch has rock pools when the tide is out.  See what creatures your kids can find in the pools and be mindful of when the tide is coming back in.

The Burren Way

For kids a little bigger, walking a section of the Burren Way can be interesting and a bit more challenging with the rocky terrain and beautiful views.

Also nearby in Galway, don’t forget to visit Coole Park in Gort.

Article written by Aileen, mum of 2

If there are other walks in County Clare that your family enjoys, let us know in the comments below.

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.