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Dingle Peninsula

The Dingle Peninsula extends about 30 miles out into the Atlantic. It's mountainous, rugged, but also has its sensitive side. The view above is from Slea Head at the far end, looking towards the Blaskett Isles.

To the south are the Skelligs. The largest is Skellig Michael which is the Irish St Michael's Mount or Mont St Michel. It has an oratory at the top and can be visited - though not from the Dingle Peninsula - you have to go south to the Ring of Kerry to get a boat there. Little Skellig (on the left) is a gannet colony.

Corrie at Connor Pass

Gannets flying South at Clogher Head

The Dingle peninsula is a wonderful place. The only snag is that rather too many people know it is, and it can get a bit crowded at times. Some of the B&Bs in Dingle give the impression that they don't have to bother, and Dingle itself sometimes seems like a pastiche of all that is thought to be Irish. But get away from the coach tours and visit some of the pubs elsewhere (like Páidí ó Sé's at Ventry) and it's just great.


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