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A Guide To Visiting Inch Beach In Kerry (Parking, Surfing + What To Do Nearby)

A Guide To Visiting Inch Beach In Kerry (Parking, Surfing + What To Do Nearby)

The incredible Inch Beach in Kerry is arguably one of the best beaches in Kerry.

I’ve visited Inch Strand when the sun was bating down (see below!) and I’ve visited when the rain was falling sideways, and it’s magnificent regardless.

If you do visit when it’s raining, there’s a pull in area on the hill just up from the beach where you can park and take in the views!

In the guide below, you’ll find out everything you need to know about Inch Beach in Kerry, from info on swimming and surfing to what to visit nearby.

Water safety warning: Understanding water safety is absolutely crucial when visiting beaches in Ireland. Please take a minute to read these water safety tips. Cheers!

Some quick need-to-knows before visiting Inch Beach in Kerry

inch beach county kerry

Photo © The Irish Road Trip

A visit to Inch Beach is one of the most popular of the many things to do in Kerry, but there’s a few ‘need-to-knows’ that’ll make your trip all the more enjoyable.

Below, you’ll find info on everything from parking and swimming at Inch to where to take part in some water-sports nearby.

1. Parking

There’s a decent bit of parking at Inch Beach. I’ve visited here 10-15 times over the years and have never had an issue grabbing a spot, however, it does get very busy during the warmer summer days, so try and arrive early.

2. Swimming  

It’s safe to swim on Inch Beach, once you’re careful and avoid entering the water when it’s unsafe to do so. Inch is a Blue Flag Beach and their are life guards on duty during peak season (if in doubt, ask locally).

3. Surfing  

As you’ll see in the video below, Inch Beach is great for surfing (the views are also outstanding!). Kingdom Waves and Off Shore Surf are two surf schools operating in the area that have great reviews online.

4. Food nearby

Sammy’s Cafe is located right on Inch Strand. These lads knock up one of the best burgers in the land, and I don’t say that lightly! You can grab a coffee to take away and ramble along the sand, too! 

About Inch Strand

You’ll find Inch Beach on the Dingle Peninsula, nestled between Dingle Harbour and Castlemaine Harbour.

Popular with surfers, the beach boasts the ideal setting for an evening stroll or, if you’re unperturbed by the cold, a refreshing dip in the sea.

One of the most popular beaches on the peninsula (especially as it’s one of a few beaches near Killarney) Inch is hailed as the largest uninterrupted sand beach in western Europe.

As you ramble along its sandy shores, framed by Dingle Bay and the mountains of Kerry, you’re hit with the undeniable feeling that you’ve just discovered one of earth’s hidden, unspoiled gems.

If weather permits, grab a cup of coffee in the restaurant just off the strand and sit out on the little patio they have out front.

Inch Beach surfing info

Inch Beach is one of the most popular places to go surfing in Ireland, thanks to the reputation the waves here have racked up over the years.

Below, you’ll find out everything you need to know if you fancy spending a few hours or a few days surfing on Inch Beach.

1. Surf schools

There are several different schools teaching surfing on Inch Beach in Kerry. Both Kingdom Waves and Off Shore Surf have racked up great reviews online.

Each offers a variety of different options for people that fancy giving surfing on Inch Beach a shot, with classes on offer to suit all levels.

2. Inch Beach surf cam/forecast

The Magicseeweed site has up-to-date info on the Inch surf forecast, with details on everything from wind and waves to the best time to visit and more.

3. Where to stay nearby

There’s loads of different places to stay near Inch Strand, with a mix of pocket-friendly options and more lavish accommodation. Here’s a handful of options with great reviews.

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Things to do near Inch Beach in Kerry

One of the beauties of Inch Strand is that it’s a short spin away from a clatter of other attractions, both man-made and natural.

Below, you’ll find a handful of things to see and do a stone’s throw from Inch Strand (plus places to eat and where to grab a post-adventure pint!).

1. Explore the Dingle Peninsula

dingle town

Photo left: Colin O’Mahony. Photo right: Michael Thaler (Shutterstock)

There’s an almost endless number of things to do in Dingle, many of which are a stone’s throw from Inch. From hikes and walks to scenic drives and more, you’ve your pick of activities in Dingle.

2. Food and fun in Dingle Town

Pax House terrace area

Photo used with the Permission of Pax House Dingle

Dingle Town (22-minute drive) is a fine spot to refuel. There’s loads of great restaurants in Dingle and there’s plenty of great pubs in Dingle, too.

If you fancy spending the night in the town, here’s some guides to dig into:

3. Beaches galore

the best beaches in kerry

Photo by Monicami/

Some of the best beaches in Kerry are within easy reach of Inch. Rossbeigh Beach (47-minute drive) and Coumeenoole Beach (42-minute drive) are two of the most popular. 

FAQs about Inch Strand

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from if you can go surfing on inch to where to stay nearby.

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

Is it easy to get parking at Inch Beach?

Yes – there’s a good bit of parking at Inch. The only time you’ll have hassle grabbing a spot is during the summer months when the weather is fine.

Is it safe to swim on Inch Beach?

Inch Beach is a popular spot for swimming. However, caution is always needed when entering the water, so make sure to use common sense and only enter when safe to do so.

What is there to do near Inch Strand?

Slea Head Drive, Rossbeigh Beach, Dingle Town, Dun Chaoin Pier, The Blasket Islands and the incredible Valentia Island are all a short drive away.

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