Ballinskelligs Beach

Ballinskelligs Beach - County Kerry
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The extensive sandy beach at Ballinskelligs is well known for its fine golden sand and clear water. It is located on the western side of Ballinskelligs Harbour within a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Natural Heritage Area (NHA).

The beach is overlooked by not just one set of ruins, but two. There are the remains of the 16th century McCarthy’s Castle which sit on a narrow rock isthmus jutting out into Ballinskelligs Bay.
As well as this is the 12th century Ballinskelligs Priory or Abbey whose crumbling walls and gravestones look out across the bay.

As a frequent winner of the Blue Flag Award you can be assured this is a great family beach. There is a lifeguard service during the summer months and plenty of facilities close at hand.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs required to be on a leash and dog fouling removed.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Town centre nearby

Nearest town


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Blue Flag Award

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