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DinglePeninsulaProduced by Lonely Planet for Dingle Peninsula, County KerryDingle PeninsulaThe coast is the star of this show. You’ll find it’s where the promontory meets Trip at a Glancethe ocean – at whitewater-pounded rocks, secluded coves and wide, gold-sandbeaches – that Dingle’s beauty is at its most unforgettable
1 Killarney 2 Inch 3 Dingle Town 4 Slea Head Duration Gateway to the Ring Cinematic Quaint village Beehive huts, of Kerry, a highlight surroundings, surf sprinkled with forts, inscribed 3–4 Days of many a visit to and Stone Age studios, galleries and stones and church 185km/115 miles Ireland. settlements. wonderful music- sites
5 Dunquin Hub for the Blasket Islands
Best Time to Go 6 Ballyferriter Tiny Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) Jun–Aug village
For the warmer months
7 Gallarus Castle & Gallarus Dingle town has Oratory races and a regatta Two exceptional centuries- in August
8 Cloghane Essential Photo Quiet village at the foot of 12 Mt Brandon. 9 11 Connor Pass Castlegregory 8 10 9 Snap a perfect The peninsula’s water- 6 7 peninsula panorama 2 sports playground. 5 3 from the Connor 4 Pass summit
10 Glanteenassig Forest Recreation Area 1 Oasis of woodlands, Best for Culture mountains and lakes
11 Blennerville Slea Head The region’s largest working Slea Head’s 19th-century flour windmill. astonishing concentration of12 Tralee ancient sites
Busy market town and home to the annual International Rose of Tralee Festival
1 Killarney The lively tourist town of Killarney is an ideal place to kick off your trip. You’ll find a plethora of places to eat, drink and, when you need a break, sleep. If you have time, the 10,236-hectare Killarney National Park, immediately to its south, and the Gap of Dunloe, with its rocky terrain, babbling brooks and alpine lakes, are well worth exploring
Trip Highlight 2 Inch Inch’s 5km-long sand spit was a location for both Ryan’s Daughter and Playboy of the Western World
Sarah Miles, love interest in the former film, described her stay here as ‘brief but bonny’. The dunes are certainly bonny, scattered with the remains of shipwrecks and Stone and Iron Age settlements. The west-facing beach is also a hot surfing spot; waves average 1m to 3m
Trip Highlight 3 Dingle Town Framed by its fishing port, the peninsula’s charming little ‘capital’ is quaint without even trying
Dingle is one of Ireland’s largest Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) towns (although locals have voted to retain the name Dingle rather than go by the officially sanctioned –Muckross House and Gardens, Killarney National Park and dictated – An Daingean). This is one of those towns whose very The Scenic Route: Connor PassAt 456m the Connor Pass is Ireland’s highest mountainpass. On a foggy day you’ll see nothing but the road justin front of you, but in fine weather it offers phenomenalviews of Dingle Harbour to the south and Mt Brandonto the north. The road is in good shape, despite beingvery narrow and very steep. The summit car park yieldsviews down to two lakes in the rock-strewn valley below,plus the remains of walls and huts where people oncelived incredibly hard lives. When visibility is good, the10-minute climb to the summit is well worthwhile for thekind of vistas that inspire mountain climbers
Dingle Town, County Kerryfabric is its attraction. Wander the The Celtic & Prehistoric Museum, ket Centre (Ionad an Bhlascaoidhiggledy-piggledy streets and shop 3km west of the village of Ventry Mhóir), a wonderful interpretivefor handcrafted jewellery, arts, (Ceann Trá), squeezes in an centre with a wall-to-ceiling windowcrafts and artisan food. Don’t leave incredible collection of Celtic and overlooking the islands. If you wantDingle without catching traditional prehistoric artefacts. About 4km to sail out to them, Blasket Islandslive music at pubs such as An further west, the Iron Age Dunbeg Eco Marine Tours (www.mari-Droichead Beag (Small Bridge Pub) Fort is a dramatic example of a netours.ie) departs from Ventryand dining on standout seafood at promontory fortification, perched Harbour
its restaurants. atop a sheer sea cliff. Inside the fort’s outer stone walls are the 6 Ballyferriter Trip Highlight remains of a house and a beehive Housed in the 19th-century hut, as well as an underground 4 Slea Head schoolhouse in the tiny village passage
Overlooking the mouth of Dingle of Ballyferriter (Baile anBay, Mt Eagle and the Blasket Fheirtearaigh), the MúsaemIslands, Slea Head has fine 5 Dunquin Chorca Dhuibhne (Dingle Peninsulabeaches and superbly preserved The Blasket Islands lie 5km out into Museum) has displays on thestructures from Dingle’s ancient the Atlantic from the diminutive peninsula’s archaeology andpast, including beehive huts, forts, village of Dunquin (Dún Chaoin). ecology. Across the street there’s ainscribed stones and church sites. Its standout attraction is the Blas- lonely, lichen-covered church
The remains of the 5th- or 6th- many, the main goal is scaling you’ll have to pay a call-out fee tocentury Riasc Monastic Settlement 951m-high Mt Brandon, Ireland’s have the gates unlocked
are an impressive, haunting sight, eighth-highest peak. If that soundsparticularly the pillar with beautiful too energetic, there are also plenty 11 BlennervilleCeltic designs. Excavations have of coastal strolls. The 5km drive Blennerville used to be Tralee’salso revealed the foundations of from Cloghane out to Brandon chief port, though the harbouran oratory first built with wood and Point follows ever-narrower single- has long since silted in. A 19th-later stone, a kiln for drying corn track roads wandered by sheep, century flour windmill here hasand a cemetery. culminating in cliffs with fantastic been restored and is the largest views north and east
Trip Highlight working mill in Ireland and Britain
Its modern visitor centre houses Gallarus Castle & 9 Castlegregory an exhibition on grain milling, and 7 Gallarus Oratory A highlight of the quiet village of on the thousands of emigrantsNone of its battlements remain but Castlegregory (Caislean an Ghriare) who boarded ‘coffin ships’ fromyou can now access the superbly is the vista back to the often snowy what was then Kerry’s largestrestored interior of Gallarus Castle, hills to the south. However, things embarkation point. Admissionbuilt by the FitzGeralds around the change when you drive up the includes a 30-minute guided15th century. A few hundred metres sandstrewn road along the Rough windmill tour
to the southeast, the dry-stone Point peninsula, the broad spitGallarus Oratory is quite a sight, of land between Tralee Bay and Brandon Bay. Great underwater 12 Traleestanding in its lonely spot beneath visibility makes this one of Ireland’s Elegant Denny St and Day Pl,the brown hills as it has done for best diving areas, where you can lined with 18th-century buildings,some 1200 years. It has withstood glimpse pilot whales, orcas, sunfish are the oldest parts of Kerry’sthe elements perfectly, apart from and dolphins. down-to-earth county town
a slight sagging in the roof. Shaped South of the Mall, the Square islike an upturned boat, it has a an open contemporary space. Andoorway on the western side and Trip Highlight absolute treat is the Kerry Countya round-headed window on the 10 Glanteenassig Forest Museum, which presents excellenteast. Inside the doorway are twoprojecting stones with holes that Recreation Area interpretive displays on Irish Encompassing 450 hectares of historical events and trends. Nearbyonce supported the door
woodland, mountain, lake and bog, on Princes St, Tralee’s farmers Glanteenassig Forest Recreation market takes place on Saturdays
8 Cloghane Don’t miss a wildlife-spotting cruise Area is a magical, little-visitedCloghane (An Clochán) is another at the recently opened Tralee Bay treasure. There are two lakes; youlittle piece of peninsula beauty. Wetlands Centre
can drive right up to the higherThe village’s friendly pubs nestle lake, which is encircled by a plankbetween Mt Brandon and Brandon boardwalk, though it’s too narrowBay, with views across the water for wheelchairs or prams. Maketo the Stradbally Mountains. For sure you’re out before closing, or Link Your Trip: Ring of Kerry Ireland’s most famous driving loop circumnavigates the Iveragh Peninsula and combines jaw-dropping cliffs and crashing seas with soaring mountains
You can drive the Ring of Kerry in a day, but the longer you spend, the more you’ll enjoy it. From Killarney, head west to Killorglin and make the loop before embarking on your drive around Dingle
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Celtic designs. Excavations have also revealed the foundations of an oratory first built with wood and later stone, a kiln for drying corn and a cemetery. Trip Highlight Gallarus Castle & Gallarus …
Dingle. What to do in Dingle, you ask? Well, there are lots to do in the small town of Dingle. First, you can walk around the town and get a feel for it. It is a very welcoming coastal town with lovely people. Houses there are quite interesting as they are all different colours. Then you can have lunch at one of the pubs of the (small) town centre.
The Dingle Peninsula or Corca Dhuibhne, stretches 30 miles (48 kilometres) into the Atlantic Ocean on the south-west coast on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The peninsula is dominated by the range of mountains that form its spine, running from the Slieve Mish range to the Conor Pass and Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest peak.
The distance between Killarney and Dingle is 53 km. The road distance is 64.7 km. How do I travel from Killarney to Dingle without a car? The best way to get from Killarney to Dingle without a car is to train and bus which takes 2h 37m and costs 15€ - 22€. How long does it take to get from Killarney to Dingle?
when Fungie was first seen in Dingle Harbour In 1984, Paddy Ferriter, the Dingle Harbour lighthouse keeper, first began watching a lone wild dolphin escort the town's fishing boats to and from port. By August of that year, local Ministry of Marine manager Kevin Flannery was able to officially record the dolphin as a "permanent" resident of the entrance channel and self-appointed "pilot" of the fleet.