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“Gorgeous Scenery”

The Dingle Peninsula
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Ranked #5 of 393 things to do in County Kerry
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

The Dingle Peninsula was made famous by David Lean's movie, "Ryan's Daughter". We drove along the south shore of the peninsula, viewing plenty of vistas of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach and rocky headlands. The road is extremely narrow and in places, looks directly down sheer cliffs, which can be a little nerve racking especially when you're trying to concentrate on driving on the left side of the road. There are few other places in the world that offer such captivating scenery.

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Reviewed January 31, 2014

The drive was beyond beautiful.
My favorite place was the Gallus Oratory where I took time to pray where so many have since the seventh century when it was built.

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Reviewed January 29, 2014

It is a two hour car journey across Co. Cork and Co. Kerry to get to the Dingle Peninsula, but the journey is worth it. Take the Wild Atlantic Way (well signposted from the main road from Killarney) and visit Inch Beach and the coast, before driving through Dingle and on to the Slea Head Drive. We were lucky enough to visit in rough weather so the Atlantic Ocean treated us to amazing ocean views, huge crashing waves and very active wild birdlife. It was so good, we did the Drive twice! We bought a picnic in a local store and sat by one of the many little beaches off the road to the north of the Peninsula, and soaked up the atmosphere. Absolutely wonderful part of Ireland.

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Reviewed December 28, 2013

Did both the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula , have to say where I rated the Ring of Kerry a 6.5 in my last review the Dingle Peninsula rates a 9 I found it much more scenic with plenty of attractions to see along the way, it is a much quieter peninsula then the ring, and has a feeling remoteness that the ring doesn't have. The town of Dingle is a lovely spot, where you can buy yourself a lovely seafood meal for a reasonable price. Again the time taken to travel around depends on yourself, if you are on a time restraint then you can whiz around in about 2.30 hers but if you want to make a day of it you can do that to as there are plenty of attractions to stop at as you travel around. Good for kids to.

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Reviewed November 5, 2013

We got an early start on October 15, 2013, because even though the Dingle Loop is only 30 miles around, it is approximately 40 miles to get there and 40 miles back. We were blessed with very clear skies, a smattering of clouds and about 55 degrees.

The Dingle Peninsula has a remarkable preservation of over 2,000 monuments. Can't see them all! We went past the 4 mile long beach on Ventry Bay and in the distance you can see Skellig Michael. Caught a glimpse of the blue cottage that Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman used while filming "Far and Away".

We parked in a parking lot opposite the Dunbeg Fort, where there was a Visitor's Center attached to the Stonehouse Restaurant (it was closed for the season) The lady in the Visitor's Center was very helpful and there were pamphlets that she gave us. Out in front of the Stonehouse Restaurant, which was entirely made out of stone including the roof, there was an actual Currach fishing boat. We paid €2.00 each to walk down a gravel path past sheep in a field, to see the Dunbeg Fort. A three thousand year old stone fort which is built on the edge of a sheer cliff. The views are spectacular!

We had wanted to go see the abandoned Kavanaugh famine house which was just 50 yards up the hill from the Dunbeg Fort, but it appeared that it was closed for the season. Was only able to do a photo-op.

Our next stop was at the Beehive Huts, €2.00 each. There was a steep rocky climb up to see the huts. Part was fenced as it was under construction. There was a circular outer enclosure to keep their livestock in, to protect them from cattle raiders and predatory animals.The actual stone huts were very small, most likely single family dwellings. They were constructed without any mortar. We talked to the groundskeeper and he showed us where they would store their food.

Continued on the Slea Head Drive and stopped at the Louis Mulcahy Pottery Studio - very pricey but beautiful ceramics - some quite large. Must mention that we saw palm trees at the pottery studio and at Dunbeg Fort. This is due to the fact of the warm Gulf Stream moderates the climate.

We had lunch in downtown Dingle at the James G. Ashes Bar (another review)

The photo of the windmill, it is the only windmill in Ireland! As you come off the Conor Pass towards the town of Tralee, it is to your left as you approach route 22.

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