If you want to visit a place that almost makes your heart stop with its breathtaking natural beauty and Celtic culture, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland, should be right at the top of your list of must-visit destinations.
Situated in County Kerry, Dingle Peninsula may look familiar to eagle-eyed film enthusiasts -- Ron Howard’s film "Far and Away" was partly filmed on the peninsula, while the recent movie "Leap Year" was set here (even though no filming actually took place in the area).
One thing you should definitely do while in Dingle Peninsula to take full advantage of the beautiful surroundings is rent a car and embark on a scenic drive. There are a number of routes don’t disappoint -- try the Slea Head Loop. Without a doubt, it will provide you with some of the most picturesque scenery you can find in Ireland. While it’s hard to match the quality of this scenic drive, the Conor Pass does a pretty good job -- its views are just as impressive. Hoping to push yourself and get a little exercise? Why not try cycling these routes instead of driving? But don’t just stick to your car or bike -- there are plenty more areas that will compel you to get out and explore. Great Blasket Island is beautiful as are Inch Beach, Mount Branden, and Dingle Way.
The whole region is well set up with tour buses, so exploring and learning about the area is no hassle. If you want to go it alone, there are plenty of other points of interest other than the unsurpassed natural beauty that you can check out.
History buffs will be in their element, with sites like Kilmalkedar Church, Riasc and Dunbeg Fort just drenched with stories from the past that are waiting to be told. There are also several notable museums, including the The Great Blasket Centre and Island, the Celtic and Prehistoric Museum, and the Carol Cronin Gallery.
You can find Dingle Peninsula, Ireland hostels and cheap accommodation relatively easily, as there are numerous hostel-like options for the budget conscious. Unlike some cities in Europe that have a mix of big, medium-sized, and small hostels, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland hostels tend to have with dorms with a relatively small number of beds -- perfect for that homely feel and getting to know your fellow travelers!
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