Ballyheigue is a lovely curved beach with striking views across the bay to the Slieve Mish mountains. When we were there the water was calm and good for swimming. This is a good place for families and children as, when the tide is out, there is lots of room for running and playing. However, if your priority is swimming come here when the tide is in or else you will face a bit of a walk.
The beach is a bit open, although you will find shelter in the dunes at the back. Parts of it are also a bit seaweed-y, so avoid those, or you will be surrounded by flies.
Access to the beach is via which seems OK for buggies and wheelchairs. Well done Kerry County Council. Ballyheigue is a Blue Flag beach with lifeguards during the summer. There is a good-sized car park and a shower along the front. Behind the beach is a play area and there are some seats overlooking the beach
This is an attractive place to swim and visit, and we even had some sunshine.
From Tralee take the R551 straight to Ballyheigue. Drive through the main street, and you will see the beach car park on your left-hand side.
Ordnance Survey Map No. 71