It’s fair to say that the weather has been pretty bad lately. Rain, rain, and more rain, and seemingly no end in sight. It’s almost like we are getting bursts of sunshine in between constant drizzle these days. However, we are in Ireland, and we are also right by the Atlantic Ocean, so there’s no point getting too bothered about the ever changing weather. It’s best to get out and enjoy yourself regardless.
Lots of people would come to Ballybunion to enjoy the beach, and you would be hoping for warm sunny days to really enjoy lazing about on Ballybunion’s beaches. But let’s face it, you don’t come to Ireland for the weather, as they say. Saying that, you can still enjoy yourself no end in Ballybunion even if it is raining!
There are many people who would only take part in watersports if the sun is shining, and it is 25 degrees or more. There are many more people who will take part in watersports activities in any type of weather. The thing about renting a kayak or a surfboard is you’re going to get wet anyway, so rain or no rain shouldn’t really make a difference. Just get on a wetsuit, and you’ll be nice and snug in the water. The water is never too cold during the summer in Ireland, certainly not if you have a wetsuit on.
In the Ballybunion and North Kerry area in general, you can go surfing, kayaking, kite surfing, wind surfing and sailing. Just use your thinking cap and search for some ideas online.
If you have a car, you have many top class options a short drive from Ballybunion such as Banna, Inch, Ballyheigue and Castlegregory.
Ideally, it would be great to have a sunny day so you could go hill walking and enjoy spectacular views, but if it’s not warm enough to go sunbathing and it’s overcast, you could still head for the hills and enjoy a day out in the fresh air around Ballybunion. There is a large network of walking paths in North Kerry, and the Shannon Way is just one that goes from Ballybunion to Tarbert. It’s about 21 miles and is a great way to spend a day. Again, you can search for walks and trails online which will give you a range of options to choose from. There is also a great hill and cliff walks around Ballybunion and Listowel too that are well worth a few hours of your time.
If you have come to Ballybunion to play golf, the weather is probably not going to stop you getting out for a few rounds, so no need to expand on this one! We can assume you brought your water proof clothing with you!
Arts & Heritage & Food
Maybe you are not the outdoors type, and are looking for alternatives to hill walking and golf. There are many art galleries scattered around North Kerry ranging from art galleries to photography studios.
Perhaps you are a foody. Well then, you have your choice of food festivals, food trails, cookery schools and farmers markets all around North Kerry, and the rest of County Kerry in general. The beauty of this is it can be pouring down with rain, and it will not matter a jot as you tuck in to fine cuisine.
Depending on the time of year, you could head on up to Listowel for the writer’s week, and sample a pint of in one of the many wonderful pubs.
Spa and Wellness
You might have spent a few days trashing about in the sea, or on the golf course, or off hill walking in the rain, and now you want to refresh your body. Well, why not pamper yourself and your rain beaten skin at a spa or visit the seaweed baths in Ballybunion. Or go for a massage. These options are available in Ballybunion and its environs. Again, just search online and you won’t be long finding something to suit you.
So, just because it feels like it has been raining forever doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors and stare at the wall. There are lots of things you can do outside and indoors to pass the time. Just make sure you pack an umbrella!