Things to do
Banna Beach a Blue Flag beach is renowned as one of the finest sandy and safe beaches in Ireland, stretching from the pleasant village of Ballyheigue on the North to the ancient ruins of Barrow Castle backed by miles of sheltered sand hills, this magnificent stretch of the Atlantic is unparalleled for surfing and swimming.
Banna Beach Hotel with its traditional old Irish Pub and Music Bar provide live nightly entertainment, restaurant, fast food outlet, grocery and sweet shop. For the children – Pirate Pete’s Adventure World. Also Banna Beach Leisure Club run both Easter and Summer Camps. For the adults there is a well-equipped Gym and a 20m Swimming Pool. Also available here are an Astro Turf Pitch and Basketball Court.
Kingdom Surf run surf lessons on Banna Beach during the summer months for both Adults and Children.
Ardfert and Ballyheigue host nine hole golf courses, pitch and putt courses and crazy golf. Tralee Golf Links 18 hole course situated in Barrow is internationally renowned for its Arnold Palmer design.
Ardfert Golf Club: www.ardfertgolfclub.com
Ballyheigue Golf Club: www.ballyheiguecastlegolfclub.com
Tralee Golf Club: www.traleegolfclub.com
PLACES OF INTEREST
- Sir Roger Casement Memorial is located 200 metres from Banna Beachside Cottages. It was here the great patriot landed on April 1916 in an ill-fated attempt to provide arms for the Easter Rising.
- Ardfert Cathedral dates back to the eleventh century and is steeped in ancient history.
- Fenit a fishing village located 9 km from Banna Beachside Cottages has a beautiful statue of St. Brendan the navigator overlooking Tralee Bay. It also has a modern Marina. From here Fishing Trips and Eco Tourism Trips can be arranged by appointment (Phone 0860881977). There are also some lovely walks around this area.
- Tralee Town has something to suit all interests, Geraldine Experience and Museum, Steam Train and Windmill in Blennerville, Greyhound Racing, Shops and Restaurants.
Banna Beach – Blue Flag Beach within 200 meters of Cottages.
Banna Beach Leisure Club (Phone (066)7134412 – 200 meters opposite direction to beach. www.bannabeachhotel.net
Kingdom Waves Surf School (087)7447958. www.kingdomwaves.com
Cathedral in Ardfert Village: Monastery founded by St. Brendan “the Navigator” in the 6th Century. There are 3 medieval churches an Ogham Stone and a number of early Christian and medieval grave slabs on the site today. The earliest building is the Cathedral which dates from 12th to 17th centuries. www.heritageireland.ie/en/ShannonRegion/ArdfertCathedral/
Friary a half mile from the village on the Causeway Road – The Friars were invited here by Thomas Fitzmaurice about 1253, it was taken over as a barracks in 1584. The friars returned in 1613 and came and went as circumstances permitted until at least 1763. The church and transept chapel and tower are still standing today. www.opw.ie/en
Playground on the green in Ardfert Village.
Pitch & Putt and Crazy Golf (Ardfert) – (066)7134105. www.ardfertpitchandputt.com
Ardfert Golf Centre and Driving Range – (066)7134744. www.ardfertgolfclub.com
Country Market – Sunday mornings in the Community Centre during Summer/Autumn months – locally grown fresh vegetables and home baking on sale.
Tralee Sailing Club – (066)7136119. www.traleesailingclub.com
Fishing Trips on the Kerry Coleen -(086)0881977 – Trips organized as weather permits. www.fishinginireland.info
Fishing from Pier.
St. Brendan’s Statue at the end of the Pier. Great views of Tralee Bay to be seen from here.
Tourist Office, Denny Street – (066)7121288. www.discoverireland.ie
Kerry Museum, Denny Street – (066)7127777. www.kerrymuseum.ie
Siamsa Tire – (066)7123055. www.siamsatire.com
FunZone, Pembroke Street. www.facebook.com/pages/Funzone
Greyhound Track – (066)7124033. http://greyhoundracing.ie/tralee-greyhound-stadium/
Paint Predator, Tralee – (066)7128401 or 0872854277. www.paintballireland.com
Town Park Tralee. Rose Gardens
Aquadome – (066)7129150 www.aquadome.ie
Cinema Tralee: 1520 444 000 www.omniplex.ie/cinema/cinema/tralee
Toby World, Manor – (066)7192469. www.facebook.com/tobyworld
Teen Fuzion, Manor – (066)7192469.
Windmill Blennerville. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blennerville_Windmill
Pony Treking (Tonevane Equestrian Centre) – (066)7117800.
THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO SEE FURTHER AFIELD.
Ocean World – 0669152111 www.dingle-oceanworld.ie
Fungie (Dolphin) Boat Trips can be arranged from Dingle Pier.
Blasket Island Ferry and Tours, Dunquin – (066)91548634. www.blasketislands.ie
Dingle Bay Charters, Yacht Marina ( Eco Tours and Angling Trips) – 0669151344
Water World, (water activities) Castlegregory – 0872778236