Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry
The Dingle Peninsula (or Corca Dhuibhne in Gaelic) is one of the most remote regions in Ireland. It’s staggering natural beauty and intriguing history has inspired a plethora of poets, singers and musicians and brought thousands of visitors to the region to see what so many speak of.
The Dingle Peninsula lies in Ireland’s southwest in County Kerry and stretches some 48 kilometres - dominated by mountains and steep cliffs, intermittently broken by sandy beaches The famous Blasket Islands so eloquently written of by Peig Sayers lie to the western side of the peninsula. One of it’s most westerly villages Dún Chaoin is often jokingly referred to as "the next parish to America"
The peninsula has so much to offer visitors from it’s historical/archaeological treasures such as the numerous antiquities in the region dating from the Iron Age – stone forts, inscribed stones, early churches/monastic settlements, an antic oratory,old cottages and the beehive huts to name but a few, to it’s mountains which provide various walking trails for all abilities – providing seeking thrilling views of the region for those active souls, with numerous sandy beaches offering a chance to cool down after those exertions!
The culture and heritage of the region is replicated through it’s villages and echoed through the traditional music sessions (trad sessions) found in so many of it’s pubs. The language and traditions of the area have survived intact to a much greater degree than in the rest of the country and this is clearly illustrated by the use of Irish/Gaelic in the area – a language very much alive in the region and which may be heard throughout the peninsula in the daily lives of the inhabitants.
This is a unique region and which so much on offer from music, to mountain climbing, scrumptious cuisine inspired by the bounty of the Atlantic, festivals and trad sessions - you will surely make some precious memories!
For some more ideas on what to see and do on the Dingle Peninsula, check out our blog!
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