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Ballyheigue is a small and intimate sea side village in county Kerry, Ireland. The village sits directly over a sweeping bay that leads ones eye off over the distant horizon, as it is in fact one of the most westerly points in Ireland.
A magnificent blue-flag beach extending more than 3km to the outlet from Akeragh Lough, Ballyheigue Beach is the jewel in the crown of north Kerry’s strands. It lies within the Akeragh, Banna and Barrow Harbour Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and is a favourite spot for swimming, surfing, walking and other water sports activities. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards in summer.
Now largely ruined, the dramatic Ballyheigue Castle is located within the grounds of Ballyheigue Golf Course. The western section has been restored and turned into modern dwellings that retain the style of the original facade. The castle has housed the Leen and O'Halloran families for many years.
Shore fishing is a popular pastime in Ballyheigue, with bass and plaice among the most frequently-landed species. Collect lugworm at low tide. A favourite mark is the Black Rock, which marks the end of Ballyheigue beach, about 2 miles to the south.
Ballyheigue Castle Golf Club is an exceptional 9-hole parklands course that offers a challenge of any golfer’s handicap. The first few holes lead up to the woods above the village and the course then proceeds through the castle grounds to finish on the front lawn, with magnificent views of the bay.
The Glenderry Souterrains form an impressive cluster of six corbelled underground chambers linked by a complex system of tunnels. The remarkably well-preserved chambers are similar to beehive huts and are comparatively easy to access by crawling and using a torch. The exit is near the top of the Kerry Head cliffs. Souterrains are underground passages used to safeguard food and valuables and provide refuge and secure passage, especially during the period of Viking/Norse raids
Located just outside Ballyheigue, Kerry Head is a magnificent viewing spot. The cliffs here plunge into a turbulent Atlantic, and, on a clear day, you can look out to the stunning Clare coast with their iconic Cliffs of Moher.
One of the more manageable cycle routes in Ireland, the 18km Kerry Head Cycle Way offers a scenic glimpse of north Kerry. Curling around the magnificent peninsular cliffs of Kerry Head, it offers some challenging steep terrain. Keep your gears low, especially with the strong Atlantic winds in your face. Refuel in the great pubs of Ballyheigue.
Ballyheigue Golf Club is situated among mature woodlands surrounding Ballyheigue Castle. With the castle as a backdrop and stunning sea and mountain views, it is a particularly scenic course. Alternatively, Ardfert’s 9-hole golf club is just a short drive away, as are the more challenging 18-hole links courses of Tralee and Ballybunion.
Akeragh Lough is acclaimed in the birding world as a leading site for vagrant North American waders and waterfowl on this side of the Atlantic. Large and shallow, it lies behind the sand-dunes that line the shores of Ballyheigue Bay and often dries out considerably in summer. When water levels drop, the nearby beach may be a more productive bird-watching site.
Running every July, the Ballyheigue Summer Festival has something for all the family, with events including pig racing, sandcastle competitions, king of the beach, terrier racing, puppet shows, slip to shore swim, tops of the parish, a table quiz, and a host of live music at the festival marquee. New events are added every year.
1.9km from Ballyheigue
This holiday village is the jewel in North Kerry's crown. Overlooking a magnificent beach with views of the Dingle Peninsula, it has a peaceful, friendly atmosphere and enjoys easy access to many holiday attractions and destinations.
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4.5km from Ballyheigue
Enjoy one of Kerry's leading family holiday destinations, next to the breathtaking Banna Strand 13km from Tralee Town. As well as quality accommodation, Banna offers a host of activities for all age groups making it an ideal family location.This unique resort offers facilities for both adults and children in a secure stand-alone development.
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3.1km from Ballyheigue
This hidden gem just outside Tralee in County Kerry is a true beach holiday destination. A self-contained holiday village of four-star holiday homes, it features an indoor swimming pool, kiddies' pool, excellent outdoor children's playground, an indoor soft play area for kids, a gym, an astroturf pitch, and a basketball court.
Operated by Visitravel Ltd., Registered in Ireland, No. 486102. Registered Office: FEXCO Centre, Iveragh Road, Killorglin, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
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