Ballyheigue Beach

Ballyheigue Beach - County Kerry
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Ballyheigue has a long, sandy beach , next to the scenic resort village. Connecting with Banna Strand to the south and Kerry Head to the north, it is part of a long stretch of beaches, backed by dunes, that span for over 10 kilometres in this special area of conservation.

This stretch of coast is ideal for taking scenic walks along the coastline. From the shore, there are views out over Tralee Bay and the mountainous Dingle Peninsular to the south.
The beach is also popular for swimming and surfing and there is a lifeguard service during the summer months.

There is a car park in the village, next to the beach which is accessed down a very short flight of stairs, or via a slipway. Toilets are located by the car park and there is also a children’s playground just across the road.

In the village there is a shop, a restaurant, and a pub as well as a few hotels and holiday parks. Ballyheigue Castle Golf Club is to the north of the beach.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

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

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  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Childrens play area
  • Shop
  • Pub nearby
  • Slipway

Nearest town


OS grid ref.


Parking available.


Blue Flag Award

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Ballyheigue Beach Reviews

Sensational beach

Ken moore
Aug 10th 2022

Ballyheigues 2 miles of beautiful beach is the nicest beach iv ever been on.
Rolling sanddunes the whole way along the beach.
Kerry head at the village side of the beach is equally beautifully.

Best beach in Ireland

Jul 26th 2021

Ballyheigue is the best beach in not only Kerry but Ireland. With its long strand and rolling sand dunes,it’s ideal for family days out or summer holidays. I have been coming to Ballyheigue over 40 years and now my children spend their summers here also. It’s a little peace of heaven.