The Dingle Peninsula
There are many things that are brought to mind when you see the Dingle Peninsula, National Geographic once called it ‘the most beautiful place on earth’ and many a literary great have lost their heart to it, but whatever you feel about the Dingle Peninsula be sure to enjoy it from your holiday cottage in County Kerry!
The Vikings once called it home and it’s most famous resident is a dolphin there is much to see in this hidden corner of Ireland.
Start your adventure in Dingle town itself, surely to be awarded one of Ireland’s most charming towns it is well served by artisan craft shops and jewellery stores on Green Street which give way into traditional pubs and more ‘forward thinking’ pubs such as Foxy John’s where you can get a pint and see to your DIY needs in one sitting!
A visit to Dingle town would not be complete without meeting its most famous local resident – Fungie the Dolphin. This most tech savvy of mascots even has his own twitter feed @fungiedingle where you can keep up with his exploits but be sure to get down to the waterside to meet him in person from the shore too.
Heading west of Dingle take in the stunning coast line on the road to Ballyferriter village where you can take a walk on the Beál Bán beach which is a secret beach known only to the locals. The views of the rolling Atlantic Ocean are second to none and you will soon see why they have tried to keep it to themselves for so long.
Head along the coast till you get to the Cloghar Cliffs where a good camera is a must to capture once in a lifetime views of green fields meeting the Atlantic.
Perched on the Cloghar headland is Irish Potter Louis Mulcahy’s workshop and store where you can get a cup of tea, slice of lemon drizzle cake or try out the potters wheel downstairs to make your own piece!
If the weather is fine take the ferry to Great Blasket, an island where life has literally stood still since its abandonment in 1953. This part of the world is famous for its explorers and if the moment takes you pull up a chair and warm your feet at the fire at Annascaul’s South Pole Inn, which was once owned by Antartic explorer Tom Crean, if you are lucky one of the local might tell you soon stories of this vibrant adventurer.
Dingle provides everything that anyone could want on their cottage holiday in Ireland, find out yourself by taking a walk on Minard beach where a ruined castle will provide you with every reason to visit this ancient place and a solid background to deliberate whether this truly is ‘the most beautiful place on earth.’