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Brandon Point, Mountain, and Village: Brandon, Co Kerry

Brandon is a much-bypassed area of the Dingle Peninsula, north of Dingle via the Conor Pass. Continue along the road to the sleepy, charming village. Check out the lovely beach and wild Atlantic waters. Drive farther and get up to Brandon Point, a fantastic view of the ocean from an observation deck. This is also […]

Wine Strand Beach: Ballinrannig, Co Kerry

This lonely, windswept beach has a quiet beauty broken only by the tufts of sea grass that flutter in the strong wind, and the sea-black rocks the waves crash upon. It’s just off the Dingle loop, on the north end of the peninsula. There are a couple dinky caravans for rent there, which remind me […]

Uragh Stone Circle: Derrynamucklagh, Co Kerry

Nestled in a gorgeous valley, often filled with mists, Uragh Stone Circle lies on a low spit of land between Lough Inchiquin and Lough Cloonee in Gleninchiquin Park, on the Ring of Beara. The road in is narrow, winding, and a bit concerning at places, but it is well worth a trip in. There are […]

Cashelkeelty Stone Circles: Lauragh, Co Kerry

As you drive out along the north edge of the Ring of Beara, you will pass Lauragh, and then see a forest to your left. There is a small turn in – don’t stop at the first one, go on to the second one. There are paths at both, but the second one will take […]

Celtic and Prehistoric Museum: Ventry, Co Kerry

Harris Moore, an American ex-pat, started this private museum about 10 years ago, and has a wonderful collection of items, ranging from ancient bones and artifacts to more recent local crafts in his shop. The collection impressed me, and I’m not easily impressed! This is a fantastic stop on your way around the Dingle loop, […]

Delicious Tea and Pancakes at The Strawberry Field: Blackwater, Co Kerry

The Strawberry Field is a fantastic tea and crepe/pancake restaurant, just 4k from Molls Gap on R568. We got there 15 minutes before closing, and had a much-anticipated afternoon tea with delightful, delicious, delectible crepes. We got several types of tea to share – Strawberry Vanilla, Blackcurrant, and Peppermint Tea. I ordered a lemon/honey crepe, […]

Carrigafoyle Castle on the Banks of the Shannon: Ballylongford, County Kerry

We were wandering around the area, slowly making our way down from the ferry at Tarbert to Dingle, our stop for the evening. On the way, we explored some castles and abbeys. One that we came upon by accident was Carrigafoyle, which we saw across the river and had to go see. It was like […]

Corcomroe Abbey: Ballyvaughan, Co Clare

We stopped by this abbey on our way out of Ballyvaughan and south to the next B&B in Dingle. The early morning light and mists made this place lonelier and more mystical than I had expected. It is situated on the edge of the Burren, and the ruined arches and graves were definitely a bit […]

Quin Abbey: Quin, Co Clare

Quin Abbey is impressive, yet still charming and intimate. It is only about 9 miles from Ennis, and definitely worth a side trip to visit. I greatly enjoyed exploring this ruin and the surrounding grounds. It was filled with soaring arches and dancing shadows from the late afternoon sun. Nearby St. Mary’s Church is also […]

Dysert O’Dea Castle and High Cross: Corofin, Co Clare

Dysert O’Dea is a simple tower castle hidden away in the rolling hills of County Clare, and worth a search. The keep itself is open for touring, and the story of the family is there for enjoyment. On the grounds you can find an old cannon and other memorabilia. If you go back down the […]

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