Ballybunion or Ballybunnion (Baile an Bhuinneánaigh) 'The Townland of the Bunyans'.
Cead Míle Fáilte to Ballybunion, a wonderful scenic seaside Historic Town.
As a family friendly holiday destination, Ballybunion is renowned not only for its world famous Ballybunion Golf Links (Old Course), but for its beaches, traditional seaweed baths, exhilarating wind surfing, horse riding, fishing, flora and fauna, great family restaurants, a state-of-the-art Leisure Centre and legendary nightlife.
Ballybunion’s famous beach has Blue Flag designation, awarded annually by the European Union to recognize excellence in water quality and lack of pollution. The beaches are popular in the summer with families and the town’s amusements and arcades contribute to the sea side holiday town appeal.There are tall picturesque cliffs along the beaches that provide a home for many cliff nesting sea birds species. Occasionally dolphins are seen frolicking in the sheltered parts of the bay. Ballybunion is a popular destination for surfers with the best waves at the cliffs off the beach area.The town is popular with all visitors, it has lots of fast food, pubs and amusement arcades making it a fun place to visit. Other traditions include the beachside Seaweed Baths, featuring sea water with kelp. In the summertime cooked periwinkles are salted and served in small paper bags paper along with a pin to extract the small sea snails.
Ballybunion Castle, locally known as “The Castle”, is the timeless iconic image of the town, perched on dramatic cliffs with the mesmerizing backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. It is built on a coastal promontory fort of the Clan Connor with many souterrains underneath dating back to a golden era of the town’s history.
Ballybunion is an ideal base for touring all of Kerry and enjoying the wonderful experiences of the county. If your looking for a guided walking tour or even fancy a cycle around the town and surrounding area's then EcoTrek is your place to go. The man behind it Danny Houlihan is a man with vast knowledge and history of Ballybunion and the greater North Kerry area. So for a day full of history and fun then Danny's your man for all of that. Guided and unguided walks meander through its ancient castle walls, the cliff walk over the Ladies beach and along the Nun’s strand. You'll see a blowhole, sea stacks and a multitude of wildlife.
The Bromore Cliffs are a must see sight with glorious views and a well detailed trail, the perfect combination for your next trek. The cliffs are a 5 minute drive out of Ballybunion along the coast road, just follow signs for the Wild Atlantic Way and you wont miss them. Give yourself an hour to walk the cliffs and take in the beauty, the landscape and wild life you will find along the way.
As the evening draws to a close, experience the spectacular aerial display of the huge flocks of starlings, as they return to roost on the cliffs for the night and take in another unique natural highlight - a stunning sunset - because Ballybunion is home to the longest sunsets in Europe. What a treat and make sure you have your camera ready!
Other key notes of history include the Lartigue Mono Railway (1888-1924) and the pioneering efforts by the Marconi Radio Company VXQ in 1924 to transmit the voice of its engineer W T Ditcham to Cape Breton Nova Scotia.
For extra information just log onto www.ballybunion.ie