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 are 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 and 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.
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