Location: 55 min drive (50km)
Derrynane Beach, a beautifully sheltered sandy beach with a natural harbor, is a must-see. It is located on the Ring of Kerry just 2 miles from the village of Caherdaniel. The Derrynane Abbey & burial ground with access to the beach is available from nearby Derrynane House, a short walk away. Derrynane Beach has been the recipient of the Blue Flag beach accolade and features as one of Ireland’s Top 10 Beaches.
O’ Carrolls Cove Beach
Location: 50 min drive (44km)
O’ Carrolls Cove beach is one of our top picks for your trip to the kingdom. It is the definition of the Irish saying “It is like being in a different country when the sun is shining”. There is a caravan park located just off the beach. More importantly, O’ Carroll’s bar is located on the edge of the beach. They serve food and drinks daily during the Summer. It really does give you the feeling of lying on a beach in Spain during the Summer.
Location: 1 hr 20 mins drive (74km)
Ballinskelligs Beach is an extensive sandy beach, approx 1km in length, located just 2km from the village of Dungeagan. Well known for its long golden sand and clear water, Ballinskelligs Beach comes complete with an old castle ruin known locally as McCarthy Mór Castle. It was used back in the 15th & 16th centuries to guard against pirates. The view makes for a lovely backdrop to Ballinskelligs Beach which is also Blue Flag listed.
Location: 1 hr 20 mins (70km)
Kells Beach is a small sandy beach with a small harbour. The pier is the perfect spot to jump off if you are feeling adventurous enough. It is an idyllic spot or a day out on the northern coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula. It is small and sheltered, the sand is fine and there are many rock pools to explore, fascinating for children.