Trips and Itineraries for Dingle
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By a very small margin, the Dingle Peninsula beats every other road-route in Ireland on its beauty quotient. Absolutely stunning views of the Atlantic, roads that can barely accommodate two cars at once, with a free falling cliff on one side and a raging peak on the other, with lambs & sheep aplenty to keep you company, and sometimes block the road altogether, this is as close to wild-paradise as you can get! From several parking spots, you can see the nearby Blaskett Islands on clear days - some of these views are simply indescribable by words or pictures; they are an experience and nothing else can possibly do them any sort of justice!
Weekend Getaways from Dingle
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On you day trip to Western Cork, the first stop is the historic port-town of Kinsale. In medieval times, the importance of Kinsale to Ireland's political strategy was such, that the neighboring hamlet of Cork, was described as being 'near to Kinsale' - a stark contrast to today's times, when it's exactly the other way round. Charles Fort - a 13th century star-shaped fort built to protect the port of Kinsale from French & Spanish invaders is the prime attraction. The guided tour by a member of the Office for Public Works is hugely informative & entertaining (the fabled Irish wit, yeah?). Much of Kinsale's decline as an important port is attributed to the sandbar in it's harbor. Cork was identified as a natural alternative and the rest, as they say, is history. Kinsale town is a charming little spec of culture and rural bounty. Schedule your trip to Kinsale on a Wednesday and be blessed by the weekly Farmer's Market, held on every Wednesday, right opposite the Tourist Office in town. There's great food, amazing juices, mouth-watering deserts and some absolutely amazing local life to be experienced in this market - do not miss for anything!
By far, the most charming town I've ever come across, Dingle is all water, color, ever-changing fogs and the most charming little shops your vivacious brain can ever imagine. Dominated largely by the in-house dolphin - Fungee, Dingle has turned itself into one of the largest attractions in the country. It is also the start of arguably Ireland's best road-route - The Dingle Peninsula and becomes a strategic pit-stop for many a traveler. It is also renowned for some of the best sea-food in the country, some of the best locally brewed ales and (by far the toughest choice I've ever had to make) some of the most gifted musicians around. Spend an evening pub-hopping through several live-music sessions and enjoy a locally brewed beer at each :)