Nearest beach to Tralee

The closest beach to Tralee is Banna. Many people overlook Derrymore Strand as this it is not a blue flag beach. It is out the Dingle Road just past Blennerville. About 13 km from Tralee but here is no lifeguard or changing rooms etc.

Many people go for walks along the beach. Banna is more popular because it is a blue flag beach and it has a lifeguard during the bathing season.

Tralee Beach

Drone picture of Waves in Banna Strand
Banna Strand

How far is Banna Beach from Tralee?

It is 12 Km from Tralee.

How can I get to Banna Beach?

Take the R551 road from Tralee out to Ardfert. Go straight through Ardfert and take the 1st left-hand turn after the village. The beach is only 2 km from that junction.


It is about €20 each way by taxi so it would be cheaper to hire a car.

There is a bus that goes out to Ardfert from Tralee. It only drops you in Ardfert, not to Banna. It is very dangerous to walk on the road from Ardfert to Banna. I wouldn’t recommend it.

Drone picture of Banna Beach
Banna Beach
Drone picture of Ballyheigue Beach & carpark
Ballyheigue Beach

How long is Banna Stand?

Walk along the golden sandy beach with the Dingle Peninsula as a backdrop at the southern end. It is especially beautiful on a summer’s day to watch the sun go down below the horizon. You can take lovely pictures.

I believe you can walk north to Ballyheigue Blue Flag Beach and you only have to leave the sand to cross a river. It is only 5 km away. Banna and Ballyheigue beaches are connected together by a footbridge. There is 9 km of sand between the 2 beaches.

Special Wheelchair with wide wheels for the beach
Beach Wheelchair

Does it have a beach wheelchair?

Yes, it does have a beach wheelchair. The wheels on the wheelchair are very wide so it won’t get stuck easily in the sand. See how to order it on my beaches in Kerry web page.

Car park 1 at Banna Beach
Car park 1 at Banna Beach

Does Banna Beach have plenty of parking?

There is plenty of parking because it has 3 car parks. Car Parks 2 and 3 are only for cars. Car park 1 is the main car park. Cars and campervans can park there but not overnight. If you want to park your campervan or caravan at night there are one or two places just beside car park 1.  One of them is called Sir Rogers”.

Rocky shore on a beach

What can children do at Banna Beach?

Many people go out to Banna to have a picnic. The young ones will have much enjoyment building sandcastles with the golden sand. At the northern end of the beach there are rock pools where sea life is trapped by the tide every day.

Sand dunes at Banna Beach
Sand dunes at Banna Beach

Was there a fire in Banna Beach?

There are many sand dunes which are a designated conservation areas. Unfortunately, many years ago there was a fire on the sand dunes and it damaged them a little bit. Today there is no trace of where the fire was.

What the rating for Banna Beach on Trip Advisor?

Trip Advisor has always given it a good rating. In 2019 it was voted the second best beach in Ireland.

Cool Dog resting against a surf board

Is it good for surfing?

Because it is facing the Atlantic Ocean there is always good waves on the beach. It is good for kite surfing, water surfing, and windsurfing. If you can’t surf there are surf schools on the beach from time to time.

Link to real-time surfing report.

Tralee Golf Course & Fenit Castle
Tralee Golf Course

Is there a golf course near Banna?

Tralee Golf Course is at the southern end of the beach. It is an 18 hole golf course which is very popular.

Ardfert Village & Cathedral
Ardfert Village & Cathedral

What is the closest village?

2 km away from the beach is Ardfert Village. You will get a lovely meal in Kate Browne’s Pub.  Also in Ardfert, there is a Cathedral and Friary. Many years ago it was the old diocese of Kerry before Tralee. The main church has an ogham stone and many medieval grave slabs.

World War 1 Machine Gun

What is the history of Banna Beach?

In 1916 Ireland was under England’s control. England was fighting with Germany in the First World War. During the 1916 Easter, Rising Sir Roger Casement did a deal with the Germans to get guns to fight England on two fronts. The U-boat was off Banna beach but when Sir Roger Casement came into shore with the guns he was quickly arrested and hung after a trial.

Banna Holiday Resort

Located just over 1 km from the beach, Banna Holiday Resort consists of a hotel and 2- or 3-bedroom holiday homes. In the hotel, there is a swimming pool. Learn to swim in the swimming classes or take a dip in the hot tub.

There are summer camps for the children which include soccer, rounders, tag rugby, arts and crafts plus loads more.

Pirate Pete’s is an indoor play area for children up to the age of 10. Children can try their hand at Banna’s Got Talent which is run by the hotel. Outside the hotel there is a basketball court and an AstroTurf pitch.

Hotel guests also have full access to a quality gym. There is a bar, restaurant & shop on site. There are activities that suit all families.

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