Banna Strand

Top choice in Tralee

A favourite weekend getaway for Tralee residents, Banna is one of the biggest and best Blue Flag beaches in Ireland, a 6km stretch of fine golden sand backed by 10m-high dunes, with fantastic views southwest to Mt Brandon and the Dingle hills. The beach is 13km northwest of Tralee, signposted off the R551 Ballyheigue road.

A monument 500m south of the main car park marks the spot where the Irish revolutionary leader Roger Casement was landed from a German U-boat, shortly before the Easter Rising of 1916.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Tralee attractions

1. Ardfert Cathedral

2.33 MILES

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2. Blennerville Windmill & Visitor Centre

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3. Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre

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4. Kerry County Museum

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5. Glanteenassig Forest Recreation Area

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6. Loop Head Lighthouse

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7. Listowel Castle

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8. Kerry Writers' Museum

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