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Ballybunion , a view from the cliff

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Ballybunion, county Kerry
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Ballybunion , county Kerry

Ballybunion in county Kerry is one of Ireland’s most visited sea side locations, it a wonderful little town with a long history of holiday makers visiting here.

It has one very interesting feature that relates to its beach’s, there are two commonly used beaches divided by the reamins of an old castle on the cliff. The beach to the left of the castle (if looking toward the sea) is called the “Men’s Beach”, and the one to the right the “Ladies Beach”, given to the fact that men used to bathe on a separate beach from women and children. Although this practice has not been observed for decades, its amazing to think in this day and age how it even worked or became Normal practice.

Family members having to split-up for a swim.

There is a small cafe, hot seaweed baths and ice cream shop on the women’s beach. The large cliffs to the right of the women’s beach have shallow caves.

The sheer cliffs over the beach have a scenic walking path, featuring a blowhole, views of sea stacks and a multitude of wildlife. The path takes about 20 minutes to walk, and goes round to the “Nun’s Beach”, a beautiful beach with no access these days, it is overlooked by an old convent.

You get an overwhelming feeling of history here from times when traditions and culture was very different than the many visitors today experience.

Ballybunion, is still a place well worth a visit !!

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3 responses

  1. Breathtakingly beautiful images Nigel!

    April 7, 2014 at 12:50 pm

  2. I still see old public school buildings with two entrances — Boys/Girls. It makes me blink every time. Beautiful shots.

    April 8, 2014 at 12:09 am

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