Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland

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Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland

Dingle Peninsula vacation rentals

Delving into real Ireland in the Dingle Peninsula

Whether you cozy up in a whitewashed Irish cottage with a crackling log fire or a clifftop pad above the rugged cliffs and whitecapped waves of Dingle Bay, this raw region of the Emerald Isle is sure to beguile and enchant. Froth-topped stout ales slosh in its country taverns _ be ready to hear the mellifluous tones of the Gaelic language. Winding coast roads reveal needle-like rocks that spire from the furious ocean. Hidden beaches are washed by surf and old fishing towns come tinged with springtime flower blooms or rip-roaring with potato festivals. Dingle vacation rentals are a ticket to real Ireland.

Driving the Dingle Peninsula

"Drive it" _ that's the advice most locals will give as they peer over the rim of their stout glass in the shanty taverns of Dingle's fishing towns. And it's true: There really is no better way to uncover the wild beauty, rock-ribbed mountains, wind-buffeted beaches, and primeval coastal formations of the region than by car. The Slea Head Drive is one of the best. It takes a whole afternoon, whizzing past grass-topped peaks, ancient beehive settlements, salt-sprayed cliffs, and the roaring Atlantic Ocean.

Heritage oozes from the Dingle Peninsula

Dingle Peninsula is steeped in mysterious Gaelic legends and tales of pre-Christian settlement. You can delve into this enthralling past at the Celtic and Prehistoric Museum in Ventry, which comes packed with handmade tools and mammoth remains from thousands of years ago. Before heading back to the warmth of your Dingle Peninsula vacation rentals, the Game of Thrones-esque Eask Tower beckons, too, and the curious Fahan Beehive Huts that have stood there for centuries. Also, don't miss excursions to the UNESCO site of Skellig Michael, a dramatic Gaelic Christian monastery built on craggy coastal islands in the 6th century.

Different seasons in the Dingle Peninsula

The summer _ from June to August _ is the most popular time to visit the Dingle Peninsula. It's got the driest days and the warmth, seeing the Irish pubs open up onto their green lawns, the beaches at their most walkable, and the top conditions for enjoying the panoramas of the Atlantic Way. Dingle Peninsula vacation rentals really crank up the cozy factor in winter though, hiding beneath snow-dusted mountains and offering a base near wind-blasted, rain-lashed cliffs from November to March. It all depends on what side of backcountry Ireland you'd prefer to see.

Nature abounds around the Dingle Peninsula

The Dingle Peninsula is pure drama. Its hinterland is crashed through by the rises of the Slieve Mish range, which go to 851 meters with their ice-age ridges and cairns. There are green valleys hidden within, pockmarked by old oak groves and babbling rivers. It's the coast that really draws the photographers though, what with those gasp-inducing vistas of chiseled cliffs and sheer-cut rocks. The stony Blasket Islands are a picture of an even wilder Ireland, while the beaches of Dingle Bay and beyond come washed with surf swells and ringed with swimming dolphins.