Perhaps the most spectacular beach in North Kerry, certainly in terms of location and beauty, is the Nun's Beach. Carved over aeons of time by the rough Atlantic waves into a horse-shoe shaped cove, this secluded beach lies just north of Ballybunion Castle. It is located under an old convent, and was used by the resident nuns in times past as a private bathing area. It is part of a scenic cliff walk which includes the Nine Daughters' Hole and wonderful views of sea stacks. The golden sands of Nun's Beach are tantalising, but access is by boat only, or, for the very brave, down the side of the cliff with the assistance of a fixed rope hand-rail.