Kerry Beaches

Southwest Ireland’s County Kerry is well known for its natural beauty and cultural heritage, and a huge part of the former is made up of the rugged coastline and sandy golden beaches along the Atlantic Ocean.

It’s no secret that Kerry has some truly stunning beaches, and if you’re looking for a day to bask in the sun while enjoying pristine beauty around, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from.

Other than the obvious backdrop of rocky cliffs and rolling green hills, what sets Kerry’s beaches apart from those in other parts of the world is the seclusion. Most of these beaches are quiet and offer the perfect getaway for couples and families alike.

Banna Strand

Sunset at Banna Beach

About 13 km from the heritage town of Tralee is Banna, a blue flag beach that features golden sand and uninterrupted scenery as far as the eye can see. At the northern end of Banna, you have rock pools that trap a little sliver of ocean life – a must-visit for children.

Apart from that, the sands offer the perfect opportunity for children to build sandcastles and play. The beach is ideal for surfing too, provided the weather allows. There are surfing classes available during the summer months.

Ballybunion Beach

Ballybunion Castle and Beach

Ballybunion has three beaches to choose from- Ladies’ Beach, Mens’ Beach, and the Long Strand. Ladies’ Beach is to the right while Men’s Beach is to the left, and Long Strand is further left of Men’s Beach.

Ladies’ Beach, also known as Ballybunion North Beach, is majestic, fringed by rocky headlands, high cliffs, and the famous Castle Green. One can even see caves during low tide, but don’t explore these caves.

When at Ladies’ Beach, don’t forget to try the Seaweed Baths beside the shop – they are a must-visit. Men’s Beach, on the other hand, is a paradise for those who love swimming, surfing, and other water activities.

*Beach wheelchair available for a maximum of 3 hours (subject to advance booking)

Rossbeigh Beach

Drone photo of Rossbeigh Beach Sandunes

If a quiet, picturesque, and secluded beach sounds like your thing, then you can’t miss Rossbeigh beach, a hidden gem near the holiday village that is Glenbeigh. Stretching over 11 km, the blue flag beach is an idyllic location to spend a day or two.

Apart from a gorgeous beach set amid a backdrop of giant hills and flourishing countryside, there’s a playground for children, a restaurant that offers tasty food, with perfect picnic spots along the sand dunes.

Derrynane Beach

Derrynane Beach in Kerry

Derrynane beach holds the distinction of being listed as one of Europe’s 25 Best Beaches – if that’s not a testament to its beauty, I don’t know what is. Soft golden sands and crystal clear waters set amid hidden coves and rocky scenery give Derrynane an edge over Ireland’s other beaches.

The beach typically features calm waters that make it perfect for swimming or snorkeling. A picnic here makes for an unforgettable experience. When you are here, you can even walk up to Derrynane House for a quick tour.

Ventry and Inch Beaches

Sand dunes in Inch Beach

Close to Dingle town, Ventry is simply a beautiful beach with scattered sand dunes. If you are accompanied by children, spend some quality time flying a kite or collecting seashells and stones from the sand.

Inch Beach is another blue flag beach near Dingle. Not only is it picturesque, but it also offers a lot in terms of what you can do. Enjoy fishing, kite surfing, water surfing, and windsurfing, or check out the many rock pools. You never know what you might find.

*Beach wheelchair available on Inch Beach

Maharees Beach

Drone footage of Maherees Beach
Maherees Beach

Maharees Beach is known for its crystal blue waters and beautiful sandy beach. And, as such, many watersports enthusiasts travel to Maharees Beach every year to take in the incredible waves for either surfing, kayaking or water trampolining as well as a variety of other watersports.

You must also look out for the Natterjack Toad. It is the only species of toad that is native to Ireland and is actually featured on the world’s endangered species list.

Kells Beach

Drone picture of Kells beach and pier

With its turquoise waters, it is strange to believe that Kells Beach is perhaps most well-known for its neighbouring gardens. This is because the spectacular Kells Bay Gardens is considered one of the most stunning locations that you can visit across the whole of Ireland. It is filled to the brim with rare and tropical plants across its sprawling lands

Of course, whilst visiting Kells Beach, you must take time to relax on its perfect sands and even take part in some watersports.

Ballinskelligs Beach

Lovely day at Ballinskelligs Beach

If you have heard about any of the beaches at County Kerry, then perhaps it will be its most famous and one of its most beautiful, Ballinskelligs Beach.

Because of its Atlantic Ocean positioning, surfing is incredibly popular here, and they have watersport businesses that cater to both novices and professionals alike. If you are wishing to take a break from beach life, then do not forget to visit Ballinskelligs Castle and Abbey, which date back to the 16th and 12th centuries, respectively.


Drone photo of Whitestrand, Ballycarbery Castle & Cahersiveen Bay

The long 500 metres of white sandy beach and crystal blue water may make you believe that you are in Hawaii rather than Ireland. But White Strand Beach is truly a natural wonder within itself. With a lifeguard on duty during the summer months, you can enjoy a relaxing holiday knowing that the whole family will be safe here at White Strand Beach

For the older children and adrenaline junkies amongst you, White Strand Beach has perfect conditions for kayaking, surfing, and paddle boarding, as well as so many other sports. Just do not forget to bring your own equipment as there are no providers here.

Check out my web pages on the Ring of Kerry Drive, The Skellig Ring and Slea Head Drive.

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