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7 Best Beaches in County Kerry
Are you looking for the 7 best beaches in County Kerry? Located on the most westerly tip of Ireland, the Kingdom has some of the most gorgeous beaches in the country. Each year thousands of families travel to this Irish coastline to relax and soak up the stunning views of the crystal-clear water and surrounding landscape.
Kerry’s Best Blue Flag Beaches
As of 2021, Kerry has been awarded 14 Blue Flags. These are: Rossbeigh, Ballybunion South, Ballyheigue, Fenit, Maharabeg, Kells, Derrynane, White Strand, Ballinskelligs, Banna, Ventry, and Inch. Fenit Marina also retains its Blue Flag this year while the Portmagee Seasonal Pontoons, run by Kilrush Maritime Ltd, is a recipient also. The Blue Flag is a certification awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education. It is given if a beach, marina, or sustainable boating tourism operator meets its standards. It serves the purpose of raising environmental awareness and encourages good environmental management globally. Although all Blue Flag beaches are all stunning, we have put together a list of our favourite 5 that we think you’ll love.
Ballybunion is a family filled summer beach town, which is also home to one of the most famous golf courses in the world. The beach was originally divided into men’s and women’s sections but is now a busy spot for families over the warmer summer months. The north and south beaches are perfect for walking as well as water sports. The beaches are surrounded by high cliffs, and you can explore a variety of caves at low tide. There is also a gorgeous castle and sand dunes which are close to the town.
Banna Beach, also known as Banna Strand, is a 7-mile-long Blue Flag beach, which is also one of the most historic beaches in Ireland. It is a very popular beach among Tralee residents, and it is the perfect spot for swimming, surfing and even kitesurfing. The beach has many sand dunes, and the strand was mentioned in the song “The Lonely Banna Strand”. The song explains the story of how Sir Roger Casement was found hiding in the sand dunes while trying to smuggle in arms into Ireland in 1916.
This sheltered and sandy beach is located near the pretty fishing village of Fenit. It is the perfect spot for getting a summer tan and swimming. It also has a range of facilities including picnic tables and a nearby playground. This stunning beach is a Special Area of Conservation and proposed Natural Heritage Area.
Maharabeg Beach is a long and sandy beach in County Kerry. The beach is around 6 miles long and is part of a protected Special Area of Conservation. From the beach there are stunning views of the Kerry Mountains as well as to the viewpoint at Brandon’s Head. It is a great family beach with a range of water activities the kids can enjoy.
This beach is located 2km from Glenbeigh village and has incredible views. The area is a designated Special Area of Conservation and Natural Heritage Area. Accredited with the Blue Flag status to top it all off, the beach is perfect for walking, swimming, canoeing, bird watching and much more!
The Green Coast Award
The Green Coast Award recognises beaches for having a high environmental quality as well as a picturesque and unspoilt beauty. To receive the award the beaches must not only have good water quality but also have a management system in place to ensure there is protection of the natural environment. Receiving this Award is prestigious as it is a sign of environmental excellence. It is used to promote the importance of protecting our beaches. To be considered for this Award, the sites must be managed in partnership with the local community. In County Kerry there are 5 locations that have been awarded The Green Coast. Surely some of the best beaches in County Kerry!
This beach is one of the best kept secrets in South Kerry and has been a family favourite with locals for years. The beach is separated from Ballinskelligs pier by Ballinskelligs Abbey. There is over 1km of stunning sandy beach which is overlooked by Mc Carthy’s Castle.
Waterville beach and promenade are situated in Southwest Kerry. The village of Waterville is best known for Charlie Chaplin who was a frequent visitor in the area. It is also home to the former Kerry footballer and manager Mick O’Dwyer. The village and beach are extremely easy to find as the village is located on the Ring of Kerry Route. The beach has a crescent shape, and you can enjoy a stroll along the seafront promenade and look out for the stunning sunsets. Waterville is also famous for its golf course, which we look at in more detail in our Golfing in Kerry blog.
With Kerry GAA you can enter the draw to win a house in Kerry, a stone’s throw away from all these gorgeous and well-kept Blue Flag and Green Coast Award Beaches: the 7 best beaches in County Kerry! If you have a favourite beach or have any specific recommendations, then please let us know. We will also be running 4 more bonus draws up until the final draw at the end of July. In our next draw (1st June 2022) you could win €1000 cash and a €250 voucher for Schoolbooks.ie.