Dingle Peninsula : Travel Reminiscences

Dingle Peninsula : Travel Reminiscences

Bryan’s parents are travelling to Ireland shortly for a holiday, and wanted to know about the Dingle Peninsula ie  if we’d stayed there, where did we eat/drink etc.   He said he couldn’t find a blog post.  There must be one, I said, and I would email the link.  Well … I can’t find one either and obviously didn’t do one.  I do remember not doing blog posts in detail way back in 2008/9 and only focused on several places of interest, adding the odd photograph on Wordless Wednesday and Sky Watch posts.

So .. as part of my Travel Reminiscences ‘series’  I will share some of our Ireland holiday in October 2009.  Places may have changed since then but the beautiful Irish countryside will never change … and it is absolutely beautiful.  There is a saying that ‘the grass is so green, it hurts your eyes’  .. and so it does!! 🙂

Hubby and I spent 10 awesome days on a self-drive holiday in 2009 starting and ending in Dublin .. spending two nights in Waterford, Cork, Adare, and Galway and one night in Sligo before returning to Dublin.   It was magical!!  I loved Ireland!!!

So ….  let’s get to the place in question for this post .. the Dingle Peninsula.  We were advised, by a chappie in a pub in Waterford, to miss out the Ring of Kerry and do the Dingle Peninsula instead, en route from  Cork to Adare.  He said it was less busy with tourists and buses and the scenery was similar.  So that’s what we did ..

… through the town of Macroom passing Macroom Castle (through the car window) ..

P1090038-Macroom Castle - Macroom - Co Cork

P1090040-Macroom Castle through car windscreen

P1090042-on way to Killarney P1090043



Blue tractors are a common sight on the roads ..

P1090051Village of Inch, Dingle Bay  …  (I think these were self-catering cottages overlooking the bay)

P1090062-at village of InchOld cemetery at Inch .. Dingle Bay with mountains of the Ring of Kerry beyond …

P1090060- Inch - Dingle Bay - Co KerryP1090055-mountains of Ring of Kerry across Dingle BayP1090058-Dingle Bay - Ring of Kerry mountains in distance P1090059P1090061Inch beach …   Not exactly perfect beach weather!!!   It was chilly, windy and cloudy.  In fact most days in Ireland were cloudy and dull, but we were lucky with the rain .. only one day of rain!

P1090068- Inch beach - Co Kerry

P1090063-Beach at Inch, Co Kerry P1090064

P1090069 P1090070 P1090071 P1090072IMG_9562- Beach at Inch-Dingle Bay

Our hired car ..  we picked up and dropped off at Dublin Airport

IMG_9563IMG_9569IMG_9572-Dingle BayP1090077 P1090078 P1090079P1090083- Dingle farmlands

Dingle – fishing port and popular tourist centre …





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IMG_9577‘Fungie’ the Dolphin…  plaque reads –

The Dingle Dolphin January 1, 2000
At the dawning of the new millennium we celebrate Fungie the Dolphin who since 1983 has made Dingle Bay his home.  His joyous and generous spirit reminds us that all Earth’s creatures are connected in the great Web of Creation.  Let us be caretakers                                                      The Reverend Carole Ann Cole  

IMG_9581- 'Fungie'




P1090093- Aran knitsSoft cuddly Aran knits 🙂

P1090094- Aran knitsP1090111P1090107 P1090108 Hedges of fuschia line many of the roads .. very pretty

P1090112-Hedges of fuschia line the roads


Fahan …. where there is the Kavanaugh Famine cottage, the beehive huts and the Dunberg Fort dating from the Iron Age, is one of the best preserved promontory forts in Ireland

P1090099Beehive Huts info centre (payment required we didn't go inside)


The Fahan beehive huts (Clocháns) are thought to have been early Christian huts built for pilgrims visiting the area

IMG_9588-Beehive Huts



P1090100-at Beehive Huts (Clochans) - Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry

Dolmen – a portal tomb ..



Back in the car, we drove along this glorious winding road towards Slea Head …

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