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Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Made it to the Dingle Peninsula

I was looking at some of our website statistics the other day, and noticed that 35% of our readers use a mobile phone to access Travel with Kevin and Ruth. That's higher than I thought it would be. Given that, I thought I would pass along a little tip.

When you visit us on a desktop or laptop, you see the full version with the nice header picture. But when you visit us on a smartphone, you will typically see the abbreviated "mobile" version.

However, if you are seeing that abbreviated version, you can scroll down right to the very bottom of the page where you'll see tiny letters that say "View web version". Click that, and presto... you're seeing the full desktop site.

Anyway, just an option that you may not be aware of.

Yesterday, we got up at 6:30am and once again drove right away. The narrow Irish country roads are much easier to navigate when we're the only one using them!


Single lane road.

Scenery along the way.

We stopped by the river in Castlemain to have some breakfast, then carried on to the popular Dingle Peninsula.

The Dingle Peninsula is a really popular tourist destination. So much so that it has it's own tourism website at https://dingle-peninsula.ie/ where you'll find comments like 'The most beautiful place on earth' - National Geographic and ‘Voted among the top 100 destinations in the world’ - Trip Advisor.

Nice to get on a slightly more major road.

Heading west on the Dingle Peninsula.

Scenery along the way.




The part we drove yesterday between Castlemain and the town of Dingle is really not that great. It's the circular route west of the town of Dingle that is supposed to be really spectacular. The problem is that there are also a lot of tour buses that use that part of the route and it's narrow in some sections. So much so that there have been traffic jams caused in the past, and you are recommended to do it in a clockwise direction the same way the tour buses do it.

But that is planned for today. Yesterday, we pulled down another narrow lane just outside of the town of Dingle to a possible overnight spot. Ruth took a video of the drive in for you...


Of course when you drive down one of these narrow lanes, you don't know what you're going to find when you get there. Because most of the overnight possibilities are listed on the park4night app, it's entirely possible that any available parking might already be taken. Or, there won't be room for you and nowhere to turn around meaning you might have to back yourself all the way out!

Fortunately, there was space for Max, and a few minutes after we arrived that other van you saw in the video departed, and we quickly moved over to take the better spot.

Max, parked at GPS 52.12831, -10.26091

It was only a 2 km walk (flat, with no hills!) into town, so we left Max by himself and went to wander around town.

The tide is out.

Looking back at Max.

Dingle Bay.

Interesting how the clouds are rolling in off the hill.

Dingle.

Lots of restaurants, pubs, and guesthouses.

Nice enough to wander around, but definitely geared towards the tourists.

Back at Max, Ruth made a nice chicken pasta dish for dinner.

We were joined overnight by a young couple in a small panel van. Very quiet night.

This morning, we opened to the blinds to find ourselves shrouded in fog! Not a very suitable environment for doing a scenic drive, so we'll have to wait and see if it burns off. 

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