Ballyferriter Strand, Smerwick Harbour
Why this long and attractive beach isn’t properly signposted, when the nearby, much smaller Wine Strand is, must be one of Ireland’s many signposting mysteries. Anyhow, if you do find it, Ballyferriter Strand is worth the effort.
This a wide and smooth stretch of beach with plenty of room for walking, playing and even swimming. There are some rocks where you will find shelter.
The water was clear and calm when we were there and good for a leisurely swim. As you swim you will have nice views across the harbour to the headlands on either side.
There is a small car park with spaces for about 15 cars. Access to the beach is OK for buggies but not wheelchairs.
From Dingle take the R559 in the direction of Slea Head. About one kilometre after you pass through Ballyferriter watch carefully for a left turn with a small signpost for Smerwick Harbour.
Ordnance Survey Map No. 70