Kells Beach

Kells Beach - County Kerry

Kells, on the Ring of Kerry is a small fishing village on the north coast of the Iveragh Peninsula.  It is backed by gently rolling hills and has a distinctly rural feel.

The small sheltered beach has fine sand and plenty of rock pools.  It has been awarded Blue Flag status and is a good place to come to dig in the sand or paddle in the crystal clear waters.

To the eastern end of the beach is a harbour with a small pier.

The best views of the beach and surrounds can be had from nearby “Mountain Stage”.  On a fine day you can see over Dingle Bay and the Blasket Islands in the distance.

The Gulf Stream runs close to the area, providing a micro-climate ideal for plant growth.  A visit to Kells would not be complete without a trip to Kells Bay Gardens, a Victorian country estate, home to a wide collection of sub-tropical plants. Children will love exploring the Skywalk rope bridge and the giant ferns of the Primeval Forest here.  There is also a walled garden, a cliff-top walk and a Thai restaurant.

The area is rich in flora and fauna and is both a Special Area of Conservation and a Natural Heritage Area.

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


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Shop

Nearest town


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parking available.


Blue Flag Award

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