Described in National Geographic as ‘the most beautiful place on earth’ and listed as one of the top 10 places to be on New Year’s Eve, Co. Kerry’s Dingle Peninsula is a stunning location for a short getaway or a long family vacation. Steeped in history and archaeological wonder, this rugged region has supported human civilisation for 6000 years. This has left behind countless ancient monuments, all set in unspoilt countryside that has to be seen to be believed.
Stretching 30 miles into the Atlantic on Ireland’s south-west coast, the mountain range running from the country’s second highest peak, Mount Brandon, into the Slieve Mish forms the backbone of the area. The coast features dramatic sea-cliffs running into sandy beaches. It’s easily possible to drive around the whole area in a day, but take your time and a whole new world will open up.
Dotted with seaside resort towns and fishing villages all along the coast, and the Blasket Islands off to the west, there is no shortage of places to stay, establishments to eat in, or things to see and do. Of particular mention is the town of Dingle itself, a colourful harbour town founded in the 13th Century, which serves as a hub for visitors and the surrounding locals alike.
Unsurprisingly the majority of accommodation is found in Dingle, and it offers townhouse B&Bs, guest houses and hotels. However, out across the peninsula are various rural locations where farm houses or country homes offer bed and breakfast or are available to rent on a self-catering basis, allowing some real alone time.
Above all, every moment in the Dingle Peninsula is spent surrounded by the most glorious landscape, welcoming people, and miles of fantastic beaches. What more could you want?