Inch sand spit is the largest and one of the best remaining ‘intact’ dune systems in the country. A highly dynamic, naturally functioning system with some of the finest natural transitional zones between sand dunes and saltmarsh habitats, Inch has a high diversity of vegetation communities.
The dunes are of significant ornithological, zoological, geomorphological and archaeological interest and have been designated a special area of conservation SAC.Inch dunes are an important habitat for the chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), the natterjack toad (Bufo calamita), Ireland’s only toad and rarest amphibian and the rare petalwort (Petalophyllum ralfsii).
A number of kitchen middens, which give the site an added archaeological interest, have been found towards the southern tip of the spit.
David Lean used Inch beach as a location for Ryan's Daughter and Playboy of the Western World was filmed here in 1961.
Inch is a very popular spot for surfing. The long sandy beach at Inch is exposed and is a good all year round surf spot with a mixture of groundswells and windswells. Local surf schools offer lessons, wetsuit and board hire.
Directions: Inch village is located in the centre of the Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry. From Tralee take the N86 to Dingle making sure to take a left turn at Camp Junction. Turn left just after Annascaul.
From Dingle - 25km and 30mins drive. Take the N86 towards Tralee. Before Annascaul turn right on to the R561.
From Killarney - 40km and 40 mins drive take the R561 through Castlemaine
Bus Eireann has a service route 275 from Tralee to Dingle which stops at Annascaul 6km away.