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Meeting the Puffins on Skellig Michael: Co Kerry

A trip to Skellig Michael sometimes includes a rough sea crossing, but a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site proves to be one of the most unforgettable experiences in Ireland. The island rises sharply out of the ocean and visitors are able to climb over 600 feet above sea level along stone stairs that […]

The Long and Winding Road to Gleninchaquin: Beara Peninsula, Co Kerry

Hidden in a scenic glacial valley less than 20 miles from Kenmare is Gleninchaquin Park. A small one-track road meanders deep into the Beara Peninsula. At one point an even smaller side road leads to Uragh Stone Circle. As you near the park the vista opens to dramatically display Inchaquin Falls cascading about 300 feet […]

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, […]

Coomanaspig Pass: Near Port Magee, Co Kerry

Described as one of the highest places in Ireland to be reached by car, the Coomanaspig (Coomaneaspaig/Coom an Aspaig) Pass along the Skellig Ring in Co. Kerry, offers sweeping views that are unparalleled in the country. Located mid way between Ballinskelligs and Port Magee along the Skellig Ring Road, the steep mountain pass isn’t for […]

The Antiquities of Kilmalkedar: Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry

Among the most significant churches on the Dingle Peninsula, this 12th Century Romanesque church reflects the builders’ efforts to modernize to more closely resemble churches in mainland Europe. Notable architectural features include a Hiberno-Romanesque doorway, blind arcading in the nave, and a chancel arch. The site is also dotted with interesting elements reflecting its more […]

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