This past summer, we spent 2 weeks in Ireland exploring as much of the country as we could. We were based in Killarney, a small town on the West Coast. Since Ireland is such a small country, we were able to do several day trips and see most of the sights. One of my favorite trips was to Dingle, Ireland, a cute town in Southwestern Ireland. Most people visiting Ireland have heard of the famous Ring of Kerry, but another beautiful drive is the Ring of Dingle.
On the way to the town of Dingle, be sure to stop at Inch Beach. You can drive on to the beach, and while Ireland is notoriously cold, there were a few brave souls surfing in the Atlantic Ocean.
There are places to eat with views of the ocean and plenty of places to pull off and snap some amazing scenery photos.
I also thought this was a much needed break from the drive. I NEVER get car sick, and man to do I wish I took a Dramamine! The roads are so curvy and of course we were not experts at driving on the “wrong side” of the road on the “wrong side” of the car…
*Pro Tip* – Pack the Dramamine!
The town of Dingle was nothing short of picturesque. A seaside town with the quintessential colorful homes and green landscape, you won’t be disappointed. The harbor has plenty of places to sit and eat a snack (Murphy’s ice cream is handmade in Dingle – I recommend the Dingle Sea Salt w/ Raspberry Sorbet, Irish Coffee, or the special Sticky Toffee Pudding!).
There are plenty of shops to visit, restaurants to indulge at, and activities to partake in. We chose to go to a brewery off the beaten path called, Crean’s brewery. Admittedly, it was fairly underwhelming, but the boys enjoyed the tour while my sister-in-law and I kept the baby entertained in the main seating area. The pint was delicious, and you get to the keep the glasses, so overall I’d recommend it!
We had a great, quick trip to Dingle – the views, food, and harbor were definitely worth the trip. You won’t regret it!