Beaches in County Kerry
Sitting on the most westerly tip of Ireland and Europe, County Kerry has arguably some of the most stunning beaches in the country, if not in the world, which is why thousands of family’s travel to its coastline every year to enjoy the striking views and clean water.
County Kerry has 12 Blue Flag Beaches. The Blue Flag programme aims to raise environmental awareness and promote sound environmental management of beaches, marinas and inland bathing waters around the world.
Ballinskelligs Beach is an extensive sandy beach located in a rural environment just 2km south of the village of Dungeagan in County Kerry.
Split by a cliff with old castle ruins, Ballybunion beach was historically divided into men's and women's sections. Those days are long gone and nowadays the beach is a busy hub of families and kids having fun during the summer. A busy town with plenty of pubs and eateries, Ballybunion is a vibrant summer town with one of the most famous golf courses in the world.
Ballyheigue Blue Flag Beach is an extensive sandy beach located beside Ballyheigue in County Kerry. It looks out over Tralee Bay and is great place for swimming, surfing, walking and other water sports activities
Not too far from Fenit, you will find Banna Strand, one of the most beautiful and historic beaches in Ireland. Famous for its lengthy beach with stunning vistas and many sand dunes, the strand was immortalised in a song called “The Long Banna Strand,” which tells the story of how Sir Roger Casement was caught hiding in the dunes while trying to smuggle arms into Ireland in 1916.
Derrynane is an extensive sandy beach in Derrynane Bay, County Kerry. It is a safe and sheltered beach, ideal for swimming and other water sports.
Fenit Beach is located not too far from the pretty fishing village that bears the same name in a designated natural heritage area renowned for its flora and fauna. Fenit is located close to Fenit Harbour in County Kerry. This is a sandy beach and is also a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and proposed Natural Heritage Area (pNHA).
Inch Strand, a few miles outside Dingle, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, and the longest beach in Ireland. Inch Beach is three miles of sandy beach, ideal for bathing, sea angling, surfing and many other water sports. It stretches as far as the eye can see, and the view is untouched for centuries.
Kells Beach is located in Cahersiveen, County Kerry. It is a sandy beach with a small harbour and pier nearby.
A stunning sandy beach with a rural backdrop and incredible views, the whole area is a designated Natural Heritage Area and a Special Area of Conservation. Rossbeigh Blue Flag Beach is located 2 miles from the village of Glenbeigh in County Kerry. It is an extensive sandy beach in a rural environment and is great for swimming, walking, surfing and a wide range of other activities
White Strand Beach.
White Strand is a beautiful, sandy beach located in Cahersiveen, County Kerry. There are stunning views of Valentia Island and Begnis Island, with marked walks nearby.
Ventry Beach is a beautiful crescent shaped beach located in the Gaeltacht village of Ventry in County Kerry. It is a sandy beach with a small dune system, rich in flora and fauna.
The Green Coast Award recognises beaches for their clean environment, water quality and natural beauty. County Kerry has 5 Green Coast Award Beaches
1.0 Km of immaculate sandy beach lying in Ballinskelligs Bay. Overlooked by Mc Carthys Castle. Separated from Ballinskelligs pier by Ballinskelligs Abbey, the beach is one of the best kept secrets in South Kerry and has been a favourite with local families for many years.
Nestled by Smerwick Harbour in the village of Ballyferriter, Béal Bán (White Mouth), the beach is very popular, it is Sheltered from the wind, and is a prime spot for swimming, water sports, and cycling. Béal Bán is known for its horse and pony races.
Castlegregory beach is a 4-5 km stretch of interconnected beaches in Tralee Bay. The surrounding landscape is dominated by dunes and lush fertile farmland.
Littor Beach is located in the north of Kerry and just a short distance for Asdee village, on the Ballybunion /Ballylongford/Tarbert Road. The beach has fine golden sand and clear water. The area around Littor strand has stunning views of the Shannon estuary.
Waterville beach and promenade are located in south west Kerry, Ireland. Historically known as Coirean (meaning the crescent), this refers to the shape of the bay and beach. You can walk the promenade along the seafront and witness some glorious sunsets here.
White Strand Blue Flag Beach 2019
Béal Bán Green Coast Beach 2019
Nestled by Smerwick Harbour in the village of Ballyferriter, Béal Bán (White Mouth) is sheltered from the wind so it is a great spot to swim.
Littor Green Coast Award for 2019
Littor is a small beach situated on the southern shore of the Shannon estuary, in north County Kerry.
- Ring of Kerry Beaches
- Ballinskelligs Beach
- Castlecove Beach
- Coral Beach, Sneem
- Derrynane Beach
- Dooks Beach
- Kells Bay Beach
- Reen Rua Beach
- Rossbeigh Beach
- St. Finian's Bay
- White Strand Beach
These places are best for beaches in County Kerry:
- Banna Strand
- Coumeenoole Beach
- Derrynane Beach
- Ladies Beach
- Waterville Beach