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 café.
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.
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
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