Ballybunion

Ballybunion July 2012 Ballybunion is a popular holiday resort with a smashing beach, or two to be precise, with names that bring us back to a different era. North - Ladies Beach Many years ago a concerned parish priest decided that men and women swimmers need to be separated and so a ladies and a mens beach were designated, with a large rocky outcrop conveniently separating the two. ( We wonder did they get to meet in the water?) The ladies beach is a lovely sheltered area, with high cliffs on one side, soft sand and clear water for swimming. The water was soft and a bit wavy when we swam here, but lovely and refreshing. The whole area is very well maintained, with clean toilets and lots of rubbish bins. Behind the beach there is also a seaweed bath and a small cafรฉ. We parked up on the road and came down a long steep path which, with care, seems ok for wheelchairs and buggies. You can also drive down another road to get closer but that must get very busy and congested, with limited parking. South - Mens Beach The mens beach is equally attractive and is also sheltered by the large rocky outcrop. The water on this side is the same - and women are allowed. This side has car parking nearby and easier access to the beach. There is also a sheltered area for changing and a surf school. When the sun is out here the sheltered part gets really warm and is a great place for families and children . Rurther out near the sea you will find plenty of rock pools to explore. Facilities at Ballybunion are good. It's a Blue Flag beach with lifeguards during the summer. Behind the beaches is a shop and a number of benches ring the cliffs giving lovely views out to sea. The whole area is a credit to Kerry County Council. Directions From Tralee take the N69 toward Listowel and before you get to the town you take the R553 to Ballybunion. Drive straight through the town and at the end it's a right turn for the ladies and straight on for the mens. Take your pick. Ordinance Survey Map No. 63 Image missing ๐Ÿ™ [...]

Ballyheigue

Ballyheigue

Ballyheigue July 2012 Ballyheigue is a lovely curved beach with striking views across the bay to the Slieve Mish mountains. When we were there the water was calm and good for swimming. This is a good place for families and children as, when the tide is out, there is lots room for running and playing. However, if you priority is swimming come here when the tide is in or else you will face a bit of a walk. The beach is a bit open, although you will find shelter in the dunes at the back. Parts of it are also a bit seaweedy, so avoid those or you will be surrounded by flies. Access to the beach is via which seems ok for buggies and wheelchairs. Well done Kerry County Council. Ballyheigue is a Blue Flag beach with lifeguards during the summer. There is a good sized car park and a shower along the front. Behind the beach is a play area and there are some seats overlooking the beach This is an attractive place to swim and visit and we even had some sunshine. Directions: From Tralee take the R551 straight to Ballyheigue. Drive through the main street and you will see the beach car park on your left hand side. Ordnance Survey Map No. 71 Image missing ๐Ÿ™ [...]

Ballinskelligs

Ballinskelligs

Ballinskelligs Beach July 2009 Ballinskelligs is a real family beach with some decent facilities. The beach itself is curved and nice and sandy. The water is clear and there is a gentle slope into the sea. At one end of the beach there is a ruined tower which you access across a stream. It looks like a good place for kids to explore. At the entrance to the beach itself there is a nice coffee shop with indoor and outdoor seating Ballinskelligs has lifeguards in the summer, a decent car park and public toilets. The beach appears to be reasonably accessible. Blue Flag beach. Directions ย View Larger Map Ballinskelligs is located off the N70 Ring of Kerry road. If you are coming from the Caherciveen direction you will take a right turn onto the R566. Follow the signposts which will lead you to the beach Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 83 ย  [...]

Barfinnihy Lake

Barfinnihy Lake

Barfinnihy Lake July 2009 Barfinnihy Lake is set within one of the most beautiful parts of the country. It's right in the midst of lakes, mountains and fabulous views.ย  The lake is located at the base of impressive Boughil Mountain. You can access it from Mollys Gap where you can stop and admire the spectacular view. Barfinnihy appears to be a fisherman's lake as there were quite a few people fishing from the shore when we were there. We walked around to the far side and had a lovely swim in clear, fresh water. Like all lakes it needs to be treated carefully and watch out for hidden rocks. Directions ย View Larger Map; Coming from Kenmare you take the N 71 which runs to Killarney. At Molly's Gap you take the R568, sign-posted for Sneem. After a couple of kilometres you will see the lake on your right and space for car parking on the left hand side. ย  [...]

Derrynane

Derrynane

Derrynane Beach July 2009 Derrynane beach is a real gem. When we were there last, the sun shone, the sea was blue and it felt and looked like a Greek Island. The beach is a lovely mix of clear sand, rocks to scramble over, coves and small beaches. There areย ย  large stretches to walk on and explore. However, steer clear of swimming in the section marked with warning signs for dangerous currents. At low tide you can walk across to nearby Abbey Island where its graveyard is the burial place of Mary O'Connell, wife ofThe Liberator, Daniel. He got a round tower in Glasnevin and Mary ended up in an overgrown andย ย  poorly kept graveyard. The beach has access from nearby Derrynane House, Daniel O'Connell's home (open to the public). Beside it there is a nice coffee shop. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer. Blue Flag beach. Directions ย View Larger Map The beach is located off the N 70 Ring of Kerry Road. When you get to the small town of Caherdaniel watch out for the signpost to Derrynane. You can park at the house car park and walk a few hundred yards to the beach. Alternatively a bit further on there is another car park with an even shorter walk. There are toilets at this car park. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 83 ย  [...]

Glanteerasig

Glanteerasig

Lough Cuim, Glanteerasig Forest Park July 2012 Even if you never swim here a visit to this out of the way lake is well worth the effort. Located in a Coillte run forest park, Lough Cuim has a fabulous board walk running through its trees and along its shore. With seats dotted along the way this is a lovely place to visit for a walk. Like many lakes the water here is dark and fresh. Where we got in there were submerged rocks and branches. So pick your spot, swim slowly and BE CAREFUL. You will definitely enjoy a visit here and it's a good spot on a nice day for a family outing. Directions: From Tralee take the N86 toward Dingle and then the R560 toward Castlegregory. About 4 kilometres before Castlegregory watch out for a left turn signposted for the forest park. Keep going on this road until you arrive at the park entrance. When you get there you have to drive for a further 3 kilometres through the park until you arrive at the lake. ย View Larger Map Ordnance Survey Map Nos. 70 and 71 ย  [...]

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