What to See, What to do
The Beach: Ballyheigue beach is the start of a 7 mile stretch of white sand running all the way past the Black Rock and Banna to the mouth of Barrow Harbour. The beach itself is particularly safe for swimmers with a very gradual slope and is also manned by lifeguards during the summer months. Beach Fishing is also popular (Bass, Plaice etc.) and at low tide you will often see fishermen digging for bait (lug worms). The Black Rock marks the end of Ballyheigue beach about 2 miles to the South and is also a good fishing spot. Surfing is also popular although the bigger swells tend to arrive at Sandy Lane (located about a mile past the Black Rock).
“Ballyheigue is a hidden gem, with its beautiful unspoilt beach, friendly atmosphere and thriving community. The perfect place for a family holiday”
The Slip: Ballyheigue also has a small harbour located about 2 miles from the Village on the road back to Kerryhead. IT is a popular spot for rock fishing and for launching pleasure boats. The Ballyheigue Rowing Club is also based here and the Slip is also used by Open Water Swimmers and local Kayakers. Further along Kerryhead are a number of excellent Rock Fishing locations although they can be dangerous in rough tides.
Golf: The Ballyheigue Castle Golf Club is a wonderful 9 hole parklands course and a tough test of ones handicap. The first few holes take you up to the woods above the village before coming down through the Castle grounds for a finish on the front lawn with spectacular views of the bay.
Walks: Ballyheigue and Kerryhead form part of the North Kerry Way which is a signposted walk running from Tralee (where it joins the Dingle Way). Local walks can vary from simple walks along the beach to more difficult treks over Maulin Mountain. One thing you will be sure if is fantastic views of Tralee Bay and Brandon Mountain as well as the coast of Clare accross the Shannon estuary. On a clear day you can see as far as the Magillicuddy Reeks (the highest mountain range in Ireland) to the South and all the way to the Aran Islands (off the coast of Galway) to the North. There are also shorter local walks within the village including the Ballyheigue Heritage Trail which is a 1.5 km loop walk around the village highlighting historical and cultural points of interest. For more information please visit our walks and maps page.
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