Best beaches in County Kerry

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Below are a list of the top 12 beaches in County Kerry as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in County Kerry is Rossbeigh. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in County Kerry just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • 1. Rossbeigh Beach

    Rossbeigh © Robert Linsdell

    Rossbeigh is a 6 km long, sandy beach with spectacular views over beautiful Dingle Bay. It is one of the best beaches in the area.  It makes up part of the Ring of Kerry, a 179 km tourist route with plenty of scenic views in this part of Ireland. At low tide, a good expanse…

  • 2. Inch Strand Beach

    Inch Strand © David Stanley

    Blue-Flag Inch Beach lies on Daingean Bay on the Dingle Peninsula. Visitors to Dingle will find Inch Strand well worth a stop as it is a perfect place to come at any time of the year to blow away the cobwebs.

    When you actually see Inch beach the name may seem a little ironic for its…

  • 3. Banna Strand Beach

    Banna Strand © Kglavin

    Banna Strand is a magnificent stretch of golden, sandy beach that stretches for approximately 10 kilometres along the Kerry coastline, backed all the way by sand dunes, some of which reach a height of 12 meters. The beach sits in Tralee Bay, offering excellent views of Kerry Head to the north, the mountainous Dingle Peninsula…

  • 4. Derrynane Beach

    Derrynane © John Morton

    Located on the Ring of Kerry in a Natural Heritage Area (NHA) is the natural harbour of Derrynane Bay. Within this bay is a beautiful beach of fine sand with rocky outcrops.

    The largest stretch of sand is known as 'Danger beach' on account of there being dangerous currents here. This section is marked and during…

  • 5. Ballinskelligs Beach

    Ballinskelligs © Jonathan Billinger | BY-SA

    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…

  • 6. Fenit Beach

    Fenit © Xcorkey

    Fenit is a small, sheltered sandy beach, looking south onto Tralee Bay, with excellent views across to the mountainous Dingle Peninsula on the other side. Thanks to its sheltered location and calm waters, the beach is very popular for swimming, with a lifeguard on duty every day from the beginning of June until the end…

  • 7. Ballybunion Mens beach

    Ballybunion Mens beach © John Griffin

    The Mens beach at Ballybunion is the biggest of three beaches in this seaside resort. Stretching for several miles this is one of the most peaceful beaches on the coast and you won't have any problems finding a quiet spot to yourself. Overlooked by the ruins of a 16th century castle and Ballybunion Golf Course…

  • 8. Ballyheigue Beach

    Ballyheigue © Eileen Henderson | BY-SA

    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…

  • 9. Kells Beach

    Kells ©

    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…

  • 10. White Strand (Cahersiveen) Beach

    White Strand (Cahersiveen) © Kieran Evans

    White Strand, as the name suggests, is a scenic near-white sandy beach located along the beautiful Ring of Kerry. The beach is about 500 m long and is in a sheltered location, which means that the waves and currents around the beach are usually not too strong. This makes it a popular spot for swimming…

  • 11. Ballybunion Nuns beach

    Ballybunion Nuns beach ©

    This small, secluded beach is located around 15 minutes north of the popular beaches in Ballybunion. The name Nun\'s beach comes from the Convent located on the cliffs above the cove.

    Access to the beach is a little challenging and involves a scramble down a steep track with the assistance of a rope

    Just around…

  • 12. Ceann Tra Beach

    Ceann Tra © Pam Brophy | BY-SA

    3 miles of beautiful, safe, sandy beach set on the Natural Heritage Area of the Dingle Peninsula a few miles from Dingle town. The main beach - Ventry Strand is backed by a small dune system. Other features include a small lake, wet grasslands and an extensive reed bed.