Dingle Peninsula

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Name Dingle Peninsula County Kerry Nearest Town Adare Access Road N86/R561 About For rugged beauty and awesome natural phenomena there is little to compare to the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry.

This is spectacular landmass jutting out into the sea gives off the impression to the first time visitor that they are entering another country.

The Dingle Peninsula is situated in the south-west of County Kerry.

There are two main roads into the peninsula: The N86 which runs from Tralee, along the south coast of Tralee Bay, through Camp village, then over the mountains to Annascaul, Lispole and Dingle.

The R561, which runs from Castlemaine, where it connects to roads from Kerry Airport, Killarney and the Ring of Kerry.

The road runs along the north side of Castlemaine Harbour, to Inch and then via a cliff top road to join the N86 just west of Annascaul.

The area is a treasure house of Pre-Christian and Early Christian sites and monuments.

The amount of features and sights to be seen is incredible, both in their number and intrigue.

They include the mountain top fortress of Chaerconree, the fort at Dunbeg, the excavated monastery at Riask and the beehive dwellings at Fahan.

Dunbeg is an Iron Age headland fort and is one of the most sophisticated monuments of its class, and is remarkable for the ingenious nature of its defences.

It stands on a V-shaped headland in the southwest of the Dingle peninsula.

The position of Dunbeg is very exposed and parts of the cliff have been severely eroded, carrying sections of the masonry into the sea.

Inch Beach is one of the most beautiful and romantic beaches in Kerry.

It was used as a location for the filming of The Playboy of the Western World and Ryans Daughter.

This is also a great area for bass fishing, windsurfing and canoeing and is one of Kerrys most popular beaches for locals and visitors.

There is no other landscape in Western Europe with the density and variety of archaeological monuments as the Dingle Peninsula.

This mountainous finger of land which juts into the Atlantic Ocean has supported various tribes and populations for almost 6,000 years.

Because of the peninsula’s remote location, and lack of specialized agriculture, there is a remarkable preservation of over 2,000 monuments.

It is impossible to visit the Dingle Peninsula and not be impressed by its archaeological heritage.

When one combines each site’s folklore and mythology, which have been passed orally from generation to generation through the Irish language, one can begin to understand how unique and complex the history of this peninsula is.

If you wish to tour the Peninsula, base yourself in the beautiful town of Dingle.

This place has a life and character unique in travels throughout Ireland.

There is ample accommodation to suit all budgets from 5-star hotels down to humble and welcoming B&Bs.

The restaurants are to die for both in quality and quantity.

Seafood is, naturally, the highlight of every menu.

The pubs ooze character and variety with traditional music and craic every night.

The locals will make you feel so at home that you just might stay forever!

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