Beaches on the Dingle Peninsula

Tránna Chorca Dhuibhne

Photograph by Marigiold Tuazon

The coastline of the peninsula consists of lofty cliffs broken by numerous sandy beaches. Some are safe for swimming, surfing or other watersports. Others offer opportunities for waterside walks, angling or bird spotting.

Beaches on the Dingle Peninsula – Tránna Chorca Dhuibhne

1: Ventry/Ceann Trá

Photograph by Antony Richards

Long sandy beach adjacent to Ventry village. This is a Blue Flag Beach, with life guards during summer season.

2: Doonsheane/Dún Síon

Photograph by Ciara O'Donnell

Sandy beach, popular for sunbathing.
(Not safe for swimming due to dangerous currents. Limited car parking.)

3: Kinard/Trá Beag

Photograph by Georgina Keena

Small stony beach, not safe for swimming due to dangerous currents. Views of the Searrach sea stack, and Great Blasket Island.

4: Minard/Cill Mhuire

Photograph by Jaro Fagan

Dramatic storm beach consisting of rounded boulders in shadow of Minard Castle.

5: Inch/Inse

Photograph by Heather Beck

Long sand spit backed by dune system reaching into Dingle Bay. Popular with surfers, anglers and swimmers. This is a Blue Flag Beach, with life guards during summer season. Surf schools, water sports equipment and wetsuit hire.

6: Coomenoole/Coum Dhíneol

Photograph by Mardi Brown

This small beach was used as one of the locations for the filming of ''Ryan's Daughter''. It is the closest beach to Slea Head and has dramatic views. The currents here are extremely dangerous, and visitors should not enter the sea.

7: Clogher Strand/Trá An Chlochair

Photograph by Scott Atherton

Small stony beach with dramatic views of the Blasket Islands, not safe for swimming due to dangerous currents.

8: Ferriter's Cove

Photograph by Michael Rybak

This small bay is an important archaeological site, where evidence of human occupation in the mesolithic era has been found. The ruins of Ferriter's Castle, which are on private land and not accessible to the public stand nearby.

9: Béal Bán and Wine Strand/Trá an Fhíona

Photograph by Georgina Keena

These popular beaches lie close to Ballyferriter village.

10: Muirioch and Baile na nGall Strands

Photograph by Geraldine McCarthy

These beaches lie adjacent to the fishing village of Baile na nGall.

11: Fermoyle Strand/Trá Fhormaoileach

Photograph by Michael Rybak

Sandy beach near the village of Cloghane. Ideal for walking, swimming, angling, surfing and other watersports.

12: Kilcummin, Stradbally and Gowlane Strands

Photograph by Sarah Johnson

Twelve miles of unbroken sand beaches. This area, bordering Brandon Bay is popular with surfers, windsurfers and kitesurfers.

13: Castlegregory and the Maharees

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Popular sandy beaches surrounding the bustling village of Castlegregory with life guards during summer season. Surf schools, water sports equipment and wetsuit hire.

14: Aughacashla and Cappaclogh Strands

Sandy beaches, forming part of the Dingle Way walking route.

Blue Flag Beaches

The Blue Flag campaign today flies in 13 different countries having started life in France in 1987. The European Blue Flag is awarded annually and is only valid for one year. First a national jury and then the European jury sort the applicants and award those eligible to receive the Blue Flag.

There are two blue flag beaches on the peninsula: Inch and Ventry/Cann Trá

To be eligible for the Blue Flag a bathing beach must fulfill a number of criteria:

Water Quality (Beaches)

  • Beaches often fail to receive the Blue Flag because they do not meet the bathing water testing and quality requirements. Sample must be taken at least fortnightly and analysed for total and fecal coliform and fecal streptococci.
  • These Microbiological parameters are indicators of the possible presence of other human pathogens. Thus there are limits to how many of these organisms may be found in samples.

Coastal Quality

  • The beach and its immediate hinterland must comply with development plans and planning law. Marinas should exemplify good integration with both the natural and built environment.
  • Another important matter is that no industrial and sewage related discharges affect the water of the marina or the beach. Moreover, beaches must be kept clean of algae and other vegetation accumulation in stormy weather.

Environmental Education and Information

  • The blue flag campaign builds on environmental education and information.

Safety and Management

  • There must be enough litter bins and garbage containers, properly secured and maintained. First Aid must be available.

Life Guards and Safety Flags

RED FLAG: No swimming at all
safe to swim and belly board
No swimming: area used by surfers and swimmers

In July and August, life guards are provided on three beaches: Inch, Ceann Trá/Ventry and Maharees. Their hours of duty are 12:00-19:00 Monday -Friday and 11:00-19:00 Saturday and Sunday.

Irish Water Safety Website

Use of the beaches

The peninsula's beaches are managed by Kerry County Council. The council has made a number of bye-laws to ensure that all users can enjoy the beaches without causing environmental damage or nuisance.

The Beach Bye-laws prohibit certain activities and regulate horse riding, camping, the use of motor vehicles and the of surf boards, kite boards and sail boards. They can be downloaded from this link

The Recreational Craft and Personal Watercraft Bye-Laws restrict the areas where motorised watercraft may be used in order to ensure the safety of other beach users, and to protect the marine environment. downloaded from this link