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Kerry Beaches Get More Blue Flags.

Kerry is awarded 13 blue flags for its beaches


County Kerry, in the peninsular southwest region of Ireland, is known for its pockets of Irish-language speakers and striking terrain. Passing rugged coastline and mountains, the Ring of Kerry is a popular scenic driving route skirting the edges of the Iveragh Peninsula. Within Killarney National Park’s 10,000-hectare limits are trails through forests, moorland and to landmarks like Torc Waterfall and Torc Mountain. Amongst all this beauty are some of the most amazing beaches in the world, The Beaches Of Kerry.

The county has been awarded 13 blue flags today for its beaches. Along with Mayo it's the highest number of flags received nationwide. Overall Ireland now has 82 blue flags, up five on last year. The beaches in Kerry to receive the international award are Ballinskelligs, Rossbeigh, Derrynane, Whitestrand/Caherciveen, Kells Bay, Ventry, Magharabeg, Banna, Fenit, Ballyheigue, Ballybunion North and South, and Inch.



Rossbeigh Strand

Rossbeigh is a gorgeous beach located just five minutes drive from the Town of Glenbeigh you will find a stretch of one of the finest beaches in Ireland.

Glenbeigh, a small tourist village located on the Ring of Kerry. Drive along the sea front until you find the perfect parking space where you can walk down the rocks/path to meet the long sandy shore.

Rossbeigh Strand is 5 Kilometres of uninterrupted beach, pointing out into Dingle Bay. Fine soft sand with the sea on either side

The beach has some great waves and is patrolled by lifeguards at designated times during the summer months, so it safe for swimming, great for surfers, ideal for horse riding, and there is a nearby pub.

If you’re bringing the kids be sure to have a bucket and spade on hand.

To find the beach bear right at the fork in the road as you leave Glenbeigh heading for Cahersiveen.

Here are a few comments about Rossbeigh Strand

incredibly beautiful beach which has been repaired tastifully after devestating storms of 2014. So safe to swim here or take bracing atlantic walks along its miles of golden sands

Miles and Miles of Majestic sand and scenery. Walk The dunes, soak in the salt air and loose yourself in the most picturesque place god ever created. Stop and talk to the locals and see how freindly the Kerry people are

Rossbeigh Beach has now been restored to its former glory after last winters storms. In fact, it has been improved as there are now more pathways down to the beach, The sandhills are in a dangerous state at the moment and there are signs up warning of the danger. The playground has been fixed up and new rocks/stones have been put in place along the road. Great to see one of Kerry's best beached back to its former glory.

Lovely quiet beach with plenty of parking. Fabulous views and at the foot of a mountain. Beach area is not commercialised and great for long walks.  

Inch Strand

The head of Dingle Bay is cut off by two narrow sand-hill promontories – one an offshoot of the Dingle Peninsula at Rossbeigh – which enclose the harbour of Castlemaine. Situated on the inner side of the Dingle promontory, and facing south, is the sheltered seaside resort of Inch.

Where an inch is not a mile -well as a matter of fact the beach is four miles long. Located on the main Killarney to Dingle Road, Inch beach has been a holidaymakers favourite for years now!

Inch has a magnificent strand of firm golden sand, backed by sand hills, which are well known, to archaeologists for Kitchen Middens and old habitation sites.

The beach is actually a sand spit, which juts into the sea between Dingle Harbour and Castlemaine Harbour. It might even look familiar, as it was the place where Ryan’s Daughter was famously filmed.

Dingle Bay sweeps gently in, affording safe bathing, and presenting a beautiful picture of blue waters with softly tinted mountains on either side.

Inch is a particularly convenient centre for motor and cycling tours, and amongst the local excursions which may be suggested are drives to Dingle, Slea Head, Ballyferriter, Conor Pass, Camp and Castlegregory.

You’ll have to park on the sand so be careful of the tides. There is a very popular restaurant located on the Beach itself.

           Here are a few comments about Inch Beach:

Clean expansive beach, solid enough to drive and park on. We enjoyed watching kite boarders and the 'God Rays' from the sun through the clouds as the tide came in leaving wonderful streams in the and. Just a beautiful beach!!!

We visited Inch Beach on a superb summer day. It offers a magnificent vista: a vast expanse of sand juxtaposed with the endless aqua of the ocean, the undulating green of the landscape and the infinite blue of the sky. Ah, what beauty!

Very scenic, windy, good place to bring a lunch and enjoy the fresh air. The water was a little nippy so we didn't go all the way in. Good restaurant and shop right at the beginning of the beach.

This is a surfer's paradise but for those of us a bit beyond such activities the huge beach is a wonderland of sheer space with nobody crammed next to you blowing cigarette smoke in your face. If you are addicted to fresh air and beautiful scenery, this is the place for you.

From when you park up your car, open the door and get that sea breeze smell, welcome to Kerry! Inch is an amazing beach! You can see everything and anything! Any type of water sport, quads on the beach, dogs coming from dog shows, horses, people taking rabbits for walks, I could go on the list is endless! In Inch beach you'll find a lot of things to keep everyone in the family happy! Surfing is defo something for everyone! €20 for 2hrs lesson (wetsuit incl)! Best day you'll ever spend at the beach and with Sammy's (a shop) on the beach (literally) you won't go hungry!

If you fancy something different there is Bathing In The Nude At Inch

Derrynane Beach and Bay

If you want to view an incredible beach with miles and miles of sand ringed by sparkling dunes take a walk from Coomaduff Hill towards Caherdaniel.

Down below is Derrynane Beach and Bay. Derrynane Beach is a really wonderful stretch of white sandy shore, reaching as far as two rocky areas, which act as a border to the beach.

This Blue Flag Beach is renowned for its waves - perfect if you fancy doing a spot of surfing. If you are at the beach for the day, why not walk along the shore or perhaps you’d prefer to explore the park that lies just behind Derrynane beach.

If you can paint, paint it. If you have a good camera take plenty photographs and if you have a good memory, remember the view. Then go down and enjoy yourself on the strand.

           Here are a few comments about Derrynane Beach:

We stumbled upon this beach and were so impressed. It is absolutely stunning with beautiful sand, fantastic views and clear water. It was a great place to go for an autumn walk.

Wild beauty on a quiet beach in a remote part of Kerry. Walked and swam in clear turquoise water. Just be careful to swim at the safe end of the beach, near Abbey island.

just the most fantastic place to walk or horse ride enjoying the fabulous views and sands the water lapping on the seashore, the peace, the quite the beauty heaven on earth

brilliant beaches and carrolls cove is a definite visit as it has the only beach bar in ireland.food is excellent in this restaurant.travel to derrynane house and visit derrynane beach.Dont shop in caherdaniel as they charge well because they are a tourist area.There is a nice coffee shop there but stay away from the antique shop as he over charges for what he has.

We had a great morning walk on the beach at low tide. The sand was firm so you could walk easily without sinking. The cool weather was exhilarating & our local guide provided a history lesson along the way. Quite a few surfers out which added to the day. We finished our day with some pastry & coffee on the outside patio of a beachfront cafe. Very enjoyable experience.

Totally unspoilt. Lots of rock pools for children to explore.If the tide is right you can stroll over to Abbey Island too.

The most beautiful beach ever! We went here for 4 days it was just too beautiful not to go back. Very calm clear waters esp for our young kids. Lots of sand for sandcastles. Nice walks and toilet facilities. Pier nearby by husband & son (7) went canoeing in bay really safe enclosed in bay. They also jumped off the pier with others. He still talks about fun he had there. Highly highly recommended followed by trip to derrynane hse to do fairy hunt if you have young children. A HUGE hit in our house. Beautiful part of Ireland

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Dusk At Ballinskelligs Beach



Situated just west of the harbour, Ballinskelligs beach can be found in South Kerry’s very own Irish speaking area, Ballinskelligs. The beach itself is actually a designated Natural Heritage area.

If you don’t fancy lying on the beach all day why not head across to Valentia Island, which is just a short drive from here. You can take a cruise from here to the famous Skellig Islands.

         Here are a few comments about Ballinskelligs Beach:

The beach is small, yet just the right size to relax, have a picnic and just listen to the waves. A darling neighbor dog came over to us wanting to be petted. He then discovered a scraggly scrap of blue paper and brought it to us and set it in front of us, looking at us like we were supposed to play fetch this wee piece of discarded paper. This smart and creative pup spent almost half an hour playing fetch with us. The wind caught the paper and he caught it every time! A lovely time at the beach.

I was blown away by the scenery in Ballinskellig, I thought I had seen it all in Kerry but the views here are just awesome. Worth taking walks up some of the steep hills to look back on the beautiful unspoilt countryside. Can't wait to go back againI was blown away by the scenery in Ballinskellig, I thought I had seen it all in Kerry but the views here are just awesome. Worth taking walks up some of the steep hills to look back on the beautiful unspoilt countryside. Can't wait to go back again

We drove the Ring of Kerry, and one of our favorite parts was finding Ballinskelligs Beach. It was a gorgeous sunny day the day we went, and the beach looked Mediterranean. The water was calm and clear. It was absolutely picturesque. We wished we could have spent all day there!

the beach was lovely, you could walk out onto a small piece of land with a ruin there. watch for jellyfish in the water though. we didn't have time to swim here so I can't comment on the swimming. It was just nice wanding in the water and walking on the beach.

We had a great morning walk on the beach at low tide. The sand was firm so you could walk easily without sinking. The cool weather was exhilarating & our local guide provided a history lesson along the way. Quite a few surfers out which added to the day. We finished our day with some pastry & coffee on the outside patio of a beachfront cafe. Very enjoyable experience.

Beautiful beach with historic buildings scattered along the beach. Camping is technically forbidden, but I camped there, along with other campers and camper-vans, no problem. A great pub is close-by and the ferry to Skellig Michael if you're lucky enough to have a day with calm enough seas to allow landing on the island. I wasn't that lucky, but even though the Skellig Michael ferry was the reason I went there, I was still happy to have visited the area. There's a tough, but very rewarding cycle to Portmagee on the other side of the peninsula with stunning views from the Kerry cliffs.

Ventry Blue Flag Beach


Located southwest of Ventry on the Dingle Peninsula, is this very popular Blue Flag Beach. Access to the beach, can be gained just outside Ventry Village. When you arrive you can relax on the sandy strand, explore the small dunes, go horse riding, or bring the dog for a walk in the extensive wet grasslands!

             Here are a few comments about Ventry Beach:

As is usual in this region, almost all their horses are lovely Irish Cobs. Ventry beach is very big and long, much better than Dingle beach nearby, and if you can ride you will have a great time! If you are a beginner don't worry, they will give you a quiet horse which will take care of you.

I would recommend you book a ride that takes you to the beach and then up into the hills. This will give you a feel for the country. The horses are very gentle and for the most part are eacy to handle. The staff is excellent adn will make sure you have a fine ride.

We spent 4 nights at Ceann Tra Heights B+B in Ventry during our two week long vacation in the beautiful west of Ireland. Ceann Tra Heights is a beautiful bed and breakfast with a fantastic view of, but still near Ventry beach. It is a very clean bed and breakfast, with an extremely hospitable host. Thank you very much Mary!

We stayed here for one night (2 double rooms ensuite for 2 couples). Family is lovely, the view to ventry beach is amazing, very closed to a restaurant, the place is so quiet !! The breakfast is great with a lot of choices. we would deftly re command this B&B !

Kells Blue Flag Beach

This Blue Flag beach is located on the Ring of Kerry. Ideally situated between Glenbeigh and Cahirsiveen, Kells beach epitomises the unspoilt nature of South Kerry.

The small beach is located close to a little harbour and loads of fun can be had jumping off the pier!

A wide range of flora and fauna surrounds the beach. The beach is quite private and is much quieter than other beaches that are found in the area. One word to describe Kells - Perfect!

                  Here are a few comments about Kells Beach:

My wife and I spent a few days in Kells Bay. We received a very warm welcome there. The accommodation was top class. We had very tasty meals in the evenings in their lovely Thai restaurant. We enjoyed the magnificent gardens and the lovely walks on the estate. Kells Bay is very close to the beach with beautiful views over Dingle Bay. Also a great place to stay if you are touring the Ring of Kerry. Will be back soon. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

We visited this beautiful spot in October 2013, on a glorious sunny weekend. Upon arrival we were greeted by a stunning looking house, set amidst magnificent gardens. The interior of the house is wonderfully restored, with incredible attention to detail . The decor is tasteful and warm. We stayed in one of the apartments with 3 young children.

The accommodation was superb- spotlessly clean and comfortable, and also very tastefully decorated. There was lots of space, with beautiful sea views from the kitchen. The children could run around in the grounds and had a wonderful time exploring the incredible gardens, which are meticulously maintained by the passionate owner. Nothing was too much trouble for the owner and his charming wife.

We had a gorgeous Thai meal in the restaurant on one of the nights. The second night we cooked in, and the kitchen boasts plentiful cooking utensils and equipment. The house is perfectly placed to explore the fabulous surrounding area. We had a wonderful stay and will certainly return. It is a lovely place for a few families to stay together, with 3 available apartments beside each other.

We have taken two holidays in Kells Bay gardens and it is wonderful to see this beautiful estate evolving. The accomodation in both the apartments and the main house is top class, the apartments are perfect for us as a family with 2 small children - warm, beautifully decorated and kitted out with everything.

It is a wonderful base for the ring of Kerry however when we are there we do not travel too far as there are stunning walks on this beautiful estate along with a lovely beach in which we swam every day. The main attraction for the kids are the wonderful collection of dinasours which can be discovered on the walks.

The added advantage of the accomodation is having a first class restaurant on site for you do not feel like cooking!! We will be back for sure!!

A wonderful spot on the wild atlantic coast of Kerry. With views of the Dingle penisula, stunning gardens and wonderful hosts, I can not only recommend Kell's Gardens but will return whenever in Kerry. The accomodation is superb and the gardens a noteworthy destination on their own. May I also suggests the hosts' green chicken curry. Smashing!

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Maherabeg Blue Flag Beach

Maherbeg is one the many sandy beaches to be found on the Maharees Peninsula. It can be found in Castlegregory, which is located on the north side of the Dingle Peninsula, halfway between Tralee and Dingle.

They are popular sandy beaches surrounding the bustling village of Castlegregory with life guards during summer season. Surf schools, water sports equipment and wetsuit hire.

Stroll along the vast coastline and let the magnificent waves crash at your feet. Wander around the secretive dunes or if you more energetic do a spot of surfing! The area is renowned for its great watersports! Check out more about the area here.

Fenit Blue Flag Beach

This Blue Flag sandy beach can be found close to the harbour in the little fishing village of Fenit. The area is a designated natural heritage area important for flora and fauna.

Fenit is a sheltered and sandy beach. It is ideal for bathing and swimming and has great facilities including a large car park, toilets, picnic tables and a nearby playground. 

The beach is lifeguarded during the summer and more information can be found on the noticeboard located at the beach and it received the International Blue Flag award in 2016.

The beach is just a short distance from the Tralee town, which is famous for its August festival, The Rose Of Tralee. You can watch the big ships come in and out of the harbour or perhaps you’d like to pay Tralee's very own aqurium, Tralee Ocean World, a visit.

Ballybunion Beaches

Ballybunion is a popular seaside resort, full of attraction and distraction. With three spectacular beaches, personally I think that the stretch of beach from the castle to the Cashen is one of the most peaceful beaches in Ireland, let alone County Kerry Ballybunion.

It is about 5 Kilometres long, with Ballybunion Golf Course on your left, a good 100 metres width of beach and the Atlantic waves to look out on. If you can’t find a spiritual uplift taking this bracing walk on a windy day you had better head up into the town and order a double Powers.

The other two beaches, one called ladies beach and the other The Nun’s Strand are beneath the cliffs of Doneen.

Ladies Beach is usually fairly crowded especially on weekends and holidays. The cliffs are riddled with caves, which have proven to be very dangerous, especially as high tide approaches.

The Nun’s Strand, named after the convent just above it, is a fantastic little beach if you can just get down to it. I used to be able to get onto it for swimming and fishing years ago, but the wild Atlantic Ocean has worn away all the paths down to it and it’s far too dangerous to get there now.

Ballybunion beaches are popular with surfers, canoeing and swimming, with well-trained Life Guards keeping their eyes on everyone enjoying themselfs, as the tide and currents can be quite treacherous.

            Here are a few comments about Ballybunion Beach:

This beach is simply stunning--there are caves to explore, a long stretch of beach and the beautiful water...best braved with a wetsuit!

Spotless big sandy beach with coves to shelter from the sea breeze. lovely pools for the kids to paddle in when the tide is out. hardy swimmers only. has a life guard

The beach is lovely , big blue wave. We enjoyed a lot . And the caves they are just awesome. Kids loved the beach and the caves too. Would love to go again . :)

our kids had great fun playing in the massive rock pool that formed at the base of the cliff, they spent hours there and had to be prised away

One of the finest beaches in Ireland with a Blue Flag status. Beautiful golden sand. Extremely safe with lifeguards on duty in the summer season. It now has, recently installed showers on the beach to clean the sand off yourself before departing. Beautiful walks around it and on the cliff's above it. A little piece of Heaven in, Happy ~ Ballybunion.
Could stay there forever just love the beach there, clean and safe, lifeguards very good. Shop and tea room very good.

I have been coming to ballybunion since I was a child . Now I'm 31 and still come here with the new generation . The beach is beautiful . There's a cliff walk that is straight out of lord of the rings ( not literally ) the people are great, the golf is great , food is great- please go to the beach - breathtaking

Ballyheigue Beach


Ballyheigue is a beautiful blue flag beach in North Kerry. The Beach runs from the village of Ballyheigue for 3km south. The beach ends at Black Rock, the outlet from Lough Akeragh.

This is a popular beach that is patrolled by lifeguards throughout the bathing season. In peak season you might prefer to go to Ballyheigue as it is generally not as busy as neighbouring beaches.

            Here are a few comments about Ballyheigue Beach:

As a young chap I spent my summers with family in Ballyheigue and racked up some fantastic memories, most of which on that beach. From the rocks to the soft sand to the sand dunes I had many an adventure there. I just visited again today for the first time in over 10years and it not lost any of its charm.

Some amazing scenic views there as from the strand if you look right you can see the beautiful landscape of kerry head with a castle near the cliffs, If you look straight or to the left you can see the Brandon mountains way off through the haze and the Ring of Kerry. If you are in this neck of the woods you must visit, sit down and stare out at the ocean leaving all your worries behind you!

Went to Ballyheigue for the first time in 40 + years. The White Sands Hotel was still there and just around the corner was the superb beach. The beach has a free car park just above it and the walls to the beach are in the shape of steps to allow visitors to sit and enjoy without getting sand in their shoes. The beach itself is comprised of white clean sand, Naturally this month the beach was quite busy with the tropical temperatures but there was plenty of room for all who ventured onto it.

Beautiful and clean - amazing considering it's use.

Hot food and ice creams were available nearby and a local shop a few metres away made sandwiches for us. Visited July 2013

I did not actually stay in Ballyheigue but visited it often while on holidays in the area. It offers everything I love on holidays. Ocean waves, sandy beach, mountains of the Dingle peninsula ringing the bay. And the all-important Blue Flag! When the sun shines it's a wonderful bonus.

When the tide is out you can walk as far as the Black Rock and back, a total of 4.5 miles. If you are feeling particularly energetic you can continue on for another 25 minutes to Banna Strand, another very beautiful beach. To do that, you just need to leave the beach for a few minutes, follow the river inland and cross the bridge-10 minutes at most.(You don't need to fret about incoming tides, as the beach is backed by sand dunes).

The beauty of this area is that you can drive on coach-free roads, away from the heavily-touristed attractions further to the south. The beaches, however, will be busy on sunny days during the summer months; but not uncomfortably so. Surfing has become popular on both Ballyheigue and Banna Strand. If you don't possess a surfboard they are often available for hire. Sometimes there is a surf school there, providing lessons for children. Best to check with Kerry Tourism, for further information.

The small town of Ballyheigue is set on a hill overlooking the sea. As you drive /walk down towards the prom you will see a green area with picnic tables, and right beside that , a well-equipped childrens' playground. It's lovely to sit there on a warm day, eating a cone from the nearby shop, or fish and chips from the nearby takeaway.

I cannot vouch for the hostelries, nor the hotel, as I have never used their facilities. There is a small restaurant/coffee shop near the beach however, where the food is tasty and also reasonable. For those who are self-catering, there are two small but well-stocked supermarkets, and a pharmacy. Again, Kerry Tourism will have info regarding self-catering. If you are a golf enthusiast, the entrance to the course is right beside the car park, through the gateway to Ballyheigue Castle grounds, at the top of the hill.

If what you seek is a day of shopping, and nights of clubbing, then Ballyheigue is not for you. If you prefer to be active outdoors, whether it be swimming, surfing, walking, or golfing, then a trip to Ballyheigue is worth it.

Ballyheigue is about 15kms from Tralee town. The village of Ardfert, through which you pass on your way, is very picturesque. It boasts a fabulous old Cathedral, dating from the 12th century, which is worth a visit. Visited July 2011

Banna Strand


Located just 7km from Tralee town, Banna is a gorgeous beach offering you the perfect place to relax and get away from it all! Why not paddle in the clean waters or take a leisurely stroll along the strand.

The dunes at Banna are protected and are a designated area of conservation, Loads of rare plants and animals can be found around here – perfect for the wildlife enthusiast!

            Here are a few comments about Banna Strand:

I went here on a wild and windy morning and thoroughly enjoyed my walk on the beach the scenery is breath-taking the Atlantic ocean is framed by the towering mountains, moody and wonderful. It's very close also to the Roger Casement monument who is immortalised along with this beach himself in the famous ballad. One of the best beaches in the country.

This is one of Ireland's finest beaches. I love walking this beach, you can walk for miles. It is clean and very blue. I love this beach so much and the surf is wild and great for surfing.

One of the best beaches in the world,especially on a sunny day. Great waves if surfing is your thing,and there's a lovely long walk with a nice sea breeze. And what a sunset! Spent a family holiday down here for a couple of years,and the kids love it.

This is a fantastic beach. Brilliant spot for children. Highly recommend paying a visit !! Super sandy and not deep a good distance from the shore. There are on site washing facilities to clear of the sand , this is a great idea. The surfing offers are good value for older children say 10 and upwards.

We are so lucky to live so close to one of the most wonderful beaches in the world. Banna is only 7 miles from Tralee town,easy to get to even when you are cycling. It is a vast wide beach, safe for swimming, as there are lifeguards on duty during the Summer. You can walk for miles and enjoy the scenery while doing so. The toilets are always kept spotlessly clean. The large car park is huge so you never have to worry about parking. The mobile shop is also handy especially when you have children with you.

If carlsberg done beaches this would be in the top list . After a few swift pints around Tralee the night before I needed a brisk walk and thank god I picked the lovely beach to do so.

I parked at the large car park where you can just sit in the car and look out to sea , the large sand dunes on each side give the children plenty to do but to be honest they'd no interest in the dunes as the beach was much more appealing , little round stones fall on to golden sand , miles of the stuff , some days you can watch the wild suffers or bring a kite , it does get windy at times.

This beach is where roger casement was caught running guns ashore from a German submarine , there's also a memorial which was interesting if your into irish history , bring a pick nick , you'll be starved after the long walk as I was , but a great way to cure a hangover , about 10k north of Tralee and 7k from Ballyhigue , children and old will enjoy this beach and you will never forget it

Hidden Beaches On The Dingle Peninsula

Doonsheane

Dún Síon otherwise known as Doonshean is a townland situated in the western County Kerry. Doonsheane Beach is on the Lispole to Dingle Town road near the village of Kinard.

The renowned beach boasts tremendous views of the village Kinnard in the neighbouring parish of Lispole. The "Siorrach", meaning foal, is a sea stack which can be seen from the beach and is said to resemble a foal.

The "Trá Bheag", meaning small beach, runs along the picturesque beach until it meets the sea. There are many small fishing boats moored on the stream in which the Dún Síon residents used to fish in the earlier times and where the women would enjoy picking cockles and mussels.

It is a sandy beach but not safe for swimming due to dangerous currents and there is limited car parking.

Kinard Beach

Kinard/Tra Beag Beach is a small stony beach on the village of Kinard off the main Lispole to Dingle Town road. This beach is not safe for swimming either due to the strong currents. However there are excellent views of the Searrach sea stack and Great Blasket Island.

Minard Beach

Minard is a storm beach consisting of rounded boulders in the shadow of Minard castle. It is an amazingly exhilarating beach; you will find it off the Annascaul to Lispole road as you head for Dingle Town from Tralee.

You have to travel the back roads to get to this site, but that is part of the adventure. Be advised that it is not easy to find, and a good GPS is recommended.

When you first spot the scenic ruins standing alone high on the hill, you are instantly transported back in time. Park near the beach on Kilmurry Bay, and admired the incredible rounded boulders, Then follow a short trail up the steep hill until you encounter a sign that advises you of a "fairy ring" that you should not cross.

Chance it if you dare!!

Coomenoole Beach

Coomenoole Beach is a very small beach and was used as one of the locations for the filming of Ryan`s Daughter. It is the closest beach to Slea Head and the views are dramatic.

Coumeenoole beach is a wonderful beach with lovely views of the Blasket Islands. This beach is a 25 minute spectacular drive along the coast road from Dingle town. Some of the road is very narrow and traffic builds up during busy periods but the drive is so worth it.

When you arrive at the turning for the beach, a few miles before Dunquin,  there is a steep drive down but you can go all the way, so if bringing picnic etc great to have car close by.

The waves are incredible so good for body boarding but not surfing as too small when busy. Tide comes in quite far so would recommend sit by the rocks.  

There is a lovely little house which opens up as a tea room a few mins walk away, but nothing else in the immediate area from food and drinks so make sure you pack accordingly.

Clogher Strand

Clogher Strand is a small stony beach with dramatic views of the Blasket Islands. I am afraid this beach is also not suitable for swimming, maybe a paddle or two, but the views make up for it.
You will find the beach just off the same road about half way from Dunquin to Ballyferriter.

Clogher is the place to be in a Westerly Storm. It`s a fairly narrow bay and the wind and waves coming through it are always amplified. Never more so than on a stormy afternoon jn January 2014. The wind was so fierce that it was a challenge to stand, let alone take photagraphes and the spray was constant. Inis Tuaisceart, the Dleeping Giant, is visible on the horizon just past the breaking waves.

Even on a calm day, the little circular bay of Clogher, Co Kerry, is enchanting, with a pocket beach encased by battered cliffs and, offshore, stretched in repose, the arresting Fear Marbh, or Dead Man, the most northerly of the Blasket Islands.

Ferretir’s Cove

Ferretir’s Cove is a small stony bay located at the westernmost point of Dingle Peninsula. It is not a beach to swim in or even paddle, however there is an amazing view. The cove is famous as an ancient archaeological site, where evidence of the human occupation in the Mesolithic era has been found.

Excavations performed in the late 20th century have provided evidence that people lived there during the Mesolithic era.

The excavations at Ferriter’s Cove were conducted by Professor Emeritus Peter C. Woodman. They followed a find in 1983 by an amateur archaeologist of a flint knife, believed to be from the Neolithic period.

Woodman's team found implements that in fact dated the site to the late Mesolithic. These included a grindstone, marked sandstone pebbles, shell dumps, various hearths and five mudstone axes that had been clumped together, presumably to keep them hidden.

The ruins of Ferriter’s Castle, which are on private land and not accessible to the public. But you can enjoy the Cove . A bit hard to find, best to stop off in Ballyferriter , have a pint of the black stuff and ask there.




Muirioch and Baile na nGall Strands

Muirioch and Baile na nGall Strands lie adjacent to the fishing village of Baile na nGall (Ballydavid)

Clean bill of health for Kerry beaches

Kerry’s bathing areas and blue flag beaches have been listed among the best in the country in an Environmental Protection Agency water report.

The quality of bathing Water in County Kerry Ireland remains high, with 93 per cent of designated bathing areas meeting the EU standards.

Kerry’s bathing spots come in for specific mention with the report stating that of particular note, all of the designated bathing areas in Kerry, Galway, Meath, May and Donegal achieved good quality status.

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Cape Town beaches are magnificent. A beach for every mood and activity. Cape Towns magnificent beaches

Looking for a warm, tropical island in the Caribbean for your next vacation? Well, you’re in the right neighborhood: check it out... Jamaica Beaches 200 miles of soft sand to sink your toes in !



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