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The official Visitor's guide to Ballybunion, Co.Kerry


Walk, golf, surf, swim, sunbathe… enjoy!


Situated on the scenic north-west coast of County Kerry, the seaside resort of Ballybunion is a holiday haven with something for everyone. This picturesque village attracts many families to its long stretches of sandy beaches, where young and old alike can enjoy swimming, surfing, sunbathing and fishing in the Atlantic waters. The nearby towering cliffs offer excellent scenic views.

 

 The waters around Ballybunion have won the European Blue Flag award for 2014. This award is an acknowledgement by the European Union to regions that achieve a standard of water quality that is free of pollution.

 

 Beach-side traditions include the Seaweed Baths, featuring sea water with kelp. In the summertime, cooked periwinkles are salted and served in small paper bags along with a pin to extract the small sea snails. The town boasts two of the finest golf links courses in Ireland, and there are plenty of pubs, restaurants, cafés and leisure activities and facilities to suit all tastes and budgets.


Things to Do

Things to Do

Things to Do

While Ballybunion exudes the charm and relaxed atmosphere of a bygone era, it has all the modern facilities to ensure your holiday is a memorable one. The golfer is spoilt for choice, with two of I...

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Cliff Path Walk- the history of Scolt Na Dhrida

Cliff Path Walk

Cliff Path Walk- the history of Scolt Na Dhrida

Druids layer is located on the Cliff Path Walk north of the town, overlooking a sheer drop to the rocks below. This area is steeped in folklore and legend, with magnificent views of the Wild Atlant...

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Piper whose Life Spanned Three Centuries

Tom McCarthy

Piper whose Life Spanned Three Centuries

Tom McCarthy, the famous Uillean piper, was born in Doon, Ballybunion in 1799. It is said that he would wander the cliffs of Doon listening to the sounds of the wildlife around him, and on the foll...

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Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation

There is top quality accommodation available in Ballybunion all year through. The guest houses, hotels, and Bed and breakfasts are experienced and professional.

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Activities

Activities

Activities

Embrace the breath-taking, awe-inspiring scenery as you drive the Wild Atlantic Way on Ballybunion's coastline. Take in a round or two of golf on Ireland's finest courses. When the wind is up, go s...

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Ballybunion Castle

Ballybunion Castle

Ballybunion Castle

The ruins of Ballybunion Castle stand proudly on the cliff top overlooking the sandy beaches and bear testament to the workers who built it and to the Bunyan family who gave the village its proud n...

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Ballybunion Restaurants

Ballybunion Restaurants

Ballybunion Restaurants

Ballybunion’s restaurants are passionate about their food, and hungry tourists can relish everything from traditional wholesome fare to fine, a la carte dining in gourmet-style establishments...

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Why Visit Ballybunion? Why Not!

 

Ballybunion is situated in a region of Ireland that is free from industry and pollution. As a result, the town and its surroundings are blessed with sites of great natural beauty, where a wide range of flora and fauna abound. By the shoreline, you can see a multitude of birds nesting and foraging, including seagulls, shags, cormorants and herons. And because of the mild winter climate, various other migratory birds choose to congregate here. Many marine animals can be observed along the coast, including sea otters, seals and seal pups, as well as porpoises and dolphins frolicking in the waters.

 Ballybunion's clean, pollution-free coastline is ideal for the harvesting of fish, crab, lobster, and sea vegetables such as dulse (dillisk/ sea grass/ Palmaria palmata) and Irish moss (carrageen moss/ Chondrus crispus).

With its magnificent beaches, golf courses, scenic views and many amenities, Ballybunion is a natural attraction for holiday-makers and day-trippers, not just in the summer-time, but all year round!

 

Ballybunion - A Happy Place To Be!