What is seldom is wonderful – when we visited Banna the sun was actually shining and there were lots of people in the water swimming and surfing. That’s a combination you don’t see too often in Ireland.
Banna is a popular holiday beach and with good reason. The long stretch of sand seems to go on forever and when the tide is out there is plenty of room to walk and play.
The water was a bit choppy when we were there, not great for swimming but fine for young people who want to surf or jump in the waves.
Banna is a Blue Flag beach with lifeguards during the summer. Unusual for Ireland it also has an outdoor shower. There is a decent sized car park which had a mobile shop. Access to the beach is via a few slipways. They looked fine for buggies and manageable for wheelchairs.
This is good spot for a family to visit, but check the tides if you are looking for lots of room to play.
From Tralee take the R551 toward Ballyheigue. A couple of kilometres after Ardfert watch for a left turn which is signposted for the beach.
Ordnance Survey Map No. 71