Places We Love: Banna Beach in County Kerry

Banna Beach in County Kerry with Mom on a rock.
Can you spot Mom on the rocks?

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 sand 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 13 beaches in Kerry that have Blue Flags (2019).

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 formations (Black Rock and Small Rock) 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.

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.


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Hello! Úna-Minh is a journalist, social media consultant and virtual assistant who loves (you guessed it) TRAVEL. She also feels a bit strange writing in the third person so she'll stop that now. You can find out more about me and my Mammy in the about section of this blog!

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  1. I’ve stayed in the Banna Beach holiday homes a good few times over the last ten years! The beach is lovely, the whole town is actually. Strangely I’ve never seen the Roger Casement statue- Will have to look for it next time we go down!

    1. A treasure hunt! Thanks for commenting – I always wanted to check out the beach homes even though I’m from Tralee. Seemed like it was so far away when I was a child!

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