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Inch

Inch in County Kerry is a long and scenic beach that unfurls before the wild Atlantic on the rugged southwest tip of Ireland. Inch is most notable for its 8 km (5 miles) stretch of golden sand, on a spit of land which extends into Dingle Bay. One of the most beautiful areas on Ireland's west coast, and the Dingle Peninsula is rich in history, mythology, and traditional Irish culture.

  • Inch Beach, also known as Inch Strand is a Blue Flag beach, awarded due to the quality and safety of its waters
  • The beach is popular with walkers, young families, and water sports enthusiasts
  • There is a lifeguard in attendance during summer months

Scenery

Inch offers beautiful photo opportunities, with views of the Altantic ocean, the Slieve Mish Mountains and the MacGillicuddy Reeks.

Warm Waters

Gulf Stream waters from Mexico help keep the seas in this region slightly warmer than in other parts of Ireland. Indeed, in Inch, the first flowers of spring generally bloom right after Christmas, ahead of other parts of Ireland and Britain, as a result of the warm waters. Don't expect to feel hotter temperatures, however -- the climate in Ireland doesn't vary that much. If anything, there's even more rain on the west coast! See also: What is the weather like in Ireland? | What should I pack for a trip to Ireland?  

Access

Access to the beach is gained via the village of Inch on the R561 as if you were heading to Dingle. The beach is a few miles past Inch on the left.

Film Location

Inch Beach's stunning vistas have appealed to filmmakers throughout the years. It has, for example, been used as a location is the movies Ryan's Daughter and Playboys of the Western World.

Popular Activities

Adventure sports and other activities are becoming increasing popular in Inch. These include:

  • Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Kite Surfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Hangliding
  • Land Yachting

Image

Inch Beach. Image by Andrew Bennett.

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