The Blue Flag is an award based on strict international standards and is given to beaches which adhere to strict criteria under the headings of Environmental Information and Education, Water quality, Safety and Services and Environmental Management.
The Blue Flag award is granted for only one year at a time and must be earned annually. Visitors to Blue Flag Beaches in Kerry can be assured that the water quality is very good and that there are qualified lifeguards on duty at specified times. Three much loved beaches on the Dingle Peninsula have been awarded the Blue Flag - Inch Beach, Ventry Beach and Maharabeg Beach on the Maharees.
There are many wonderful beaches on the Dingle Peninsula and in Kerry with excellent water quality that don’t have Blue Flag status mainly because they don’t have the required lifeguards at the designated times. Not all beaches are safe or suitable for swimming and bathing (Care and safety precautions should be taken at all times).
Inch - An Inse
Inch or An Inse is an impressive Blue Flag beach. A wild and wind-swept dune system stretches along this amazing sand spit as it reaches out into Dingle Bay towards Rossbeigh Beach on the Iveragh Peninsula. Rising behind Inch are the Slieve Mish Mountains which form the backbone of the Dingle Peninsula. Inch beach is very popular with adventure sports enthusiasts such as wind, wave and land surfers, anglers and swimmers. There are life guards on patrol during the summer season and local surf schools provide lessons, water sports equipment and wetsuit hire on the beach.
This Blue Flag beach is very popular with locals and visitors. Safe for children and swimming, this car-free beach is a great place to make sandcastles and relax. Generations of families return year after year to enjoy the gentle calm of this sheltered bay. A crescent of white sand approximately 3km long backs onto a small dune system, a small lake, wet grasslands and an extensive Common Reed swamp. A small pier lies at the Ventry village end. Car access is just beyond the village of Ventry with a car park, public toilets and a summer lifeguard station. See information board for times.
On the east shore of the Maharees tombola or sand spit is Maharabeg beach. This whole area close to Castlegregory is reknowned for spectacular beaches.Maharabeg is the most popular beach in the area for swimming and watersports as it is considered a safe beach to swim on. Surrounded by sand dunes and in a sheltered part of the Maharees, Maharabeg has good parking and great views of the Dingle Peninsula and Tralee Bay. There are watersports activity providers operating on the beach during the summer season.