Armed with our Nordic poles, Mom and I set off to Banna Beach to walk through the sunshine and breathe in the sea air.
Also known as Banna Strand, this stretch of beach in our home county, Kerry, extends from Ballyheigue Beach to Barrow.
It’s approximately 12km north-west of Tralee and is perfect if you’re looking to get some fresh air, have a swim, have a picnic or take your pooch for a walk. I’ve very fond memories of running up and down the sand dunes and having barbeques there.
Did I mention that it’s a Blue Flag Beach? This means that the beach achieved this accolade by complying with a specific set of criteria relating to water quality, information provision, environmental education, safety and beach management. There are approximately 11 beaches in Kerry that have Blue Flags (aren’t we lucky?).
Whether you choose to go to the left or right at the carpark, you’re guaranteed to get a great walk. If you’re looking for something a bit different, I think it’s fun to head to the right to reach the rock formation for a bit of a climb!
If you’re lucky enough to have a car, take the road from Tralee in the direction of Ardfert and when you reach Ardfert Village take the road towards Ballyheigue, there’s a left turn towards Banna Strand.
Given the Easter Rising 1916 celebrations here in Ireland this year, it’s important to point out that historically Banna is associated with revolutionary leader Roger Casement who was captured on April 21st, 1916.
A monument for Casement and Robert Monteith stands near the sand dunes with the inscription:
“At a spot on Banna beach adjacent to here Roger Casement – Humanitarian & Irish revolutionary leader – Robert Monteith & a third man came ashore from a German submarine on Good Friday morning 21 April 1916 in furthering the cause of Irish freedom.”
The monument was erected in 1966 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his landing.