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Ballybunion Beach,North Kerry Rainbow over the cliffs of Ballybunion,North Kerry The Nuns Beach,Ballybunion,North Kerry

Ballybunion Beaches

Ballybunion is widely known as the most famous seaside resort in North Kerry. It is well known for its glorious beaches and panoramic cliff walks. There are breath-taking views out over Loop Head as you walk high up over the cliffs overlooking the Virgin Rock.

The beaches are safe for both bathing and surfing enthusiasts. There are 2 blue flag and commonly used beaches in Ballybunion, accessed by large, very steep concrete pavements, and divided by the cliff atop which stands the ruined castle. The beach to the left of the castle (if looking toward the sea) is called the "Men's Beach", and the one to the right the "Ladies Beach", given to the fact that men used to bathe on a separate beach from women and children. This practice has not been observed for decades.

The Ladies Beach has the added attraction of magnificent rock formations. For many yearspeople have enjoyed the therapeutic and relaxing seaweed baths. The large cliffs to the right of the women's beach have shallow caves. There is also a path which takes about 20 minutes to walk, and goes round to the "Nun's Beach", a beautiful beach overlooked by an old convent.

The Nun’s Beach is accessed only by a steep track with the assistance of a rope hand-rail.The sheer cliffs over the beach have a scenic walking path, featuring a blowhole, views of sea stacks and a multitude of wildlife. The blowhole is a natural formation known as The 9 Daughters Hole. According to local legend, the 9 daughters of a local chieftain fell in love with 9 invading Vikings, and planned to elope. The chieftain threw his daughters and the Vikings into the blowhole where they drowned