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Dingle Peninsula

Dingle Peninsula
  Beaches – The Dingle Peninsula has gorgeous beaches, miles of white sand with clear, sparkling aquamarine water. Brandon Beach, Wine Strand, the Maharees Beach has swimming and are great for families. Clogher Beach has no swimming, but it's a great place to play, look for fossils in the cliffs or fly kites. Inch Beach is a long, long beach that seems to go on forever, with views of Dingle Bay and the Ring of Kerry.
    Dingle town
    Dingle is a charming town and you'll want to walk around the harbor, dotted with fishing boats and sail boats. Stop into one of the local restaurants for a delicious fresh fish or seafood lunch.
    Boat trip to see the "Dingle Dolphin" – Dingle Harbor is home to "Fungie," an adorable wild bottlenose dolphin. In all weather, you can see the Dingle Dolphin playing, leaping, having a good time in the harbor. Boat trips leave from Dingle Harbor, daily, all year round.
      Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium – The Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium is a wonderful way to experience the marine life of the Irish coast. Walk through an ocean tunnel filled with eels and ocean fish. At the Touch Pools, feel nubby starfish and silky rays, and search for camouflaged flatfish in the sand. In another tank, check out the marine life of Dingle Harbor – sea bass, wrassse, spider crabs, dog fish and rays.
    Horseback riding – The Dingle Peninsula is the perfect place for a ride on the sandy beach or trail rides on green, green hillsides. Long's Horseriding Centre in Ventry has horses suitable for kids and rides for families. Click here for more information.

Dunbeg Promontory Fort (Slea Head) – If you were going to build a defensive fort that was hard to get to, Dunbeg (Dun Beag) is it. Surrounded on three sides by sheer cliffs and the ocean, this Iron Age stone fort was protected by four lines of dirt banks, then a rampart with an entrance and two guard chambers, leading to a single large beehive hut. Just imagine the sentries 1500 years ago, huddled in the beehive hut, cooking their supper over an open fire, the wind howling outside.

Irish Famine Center (Slea Head) – Step into 1845, a mud and stone cottage. Check out the kitchen with iron kettles hanging in the open fireplace, as well as the small hovel for a peasant farmer. Alongside the house is a small stone beehive hut for pigs, and in the fields up the hill there's a bunch of fun farm animals – horses, cows, red deer, pigs, goats, donkeys and sheep.

Beehive Huts (Slea Head ) – The beehive huts may look like a big beehive, but there's no bees here – these ancient stone huts were part of an enclosed farmstead, inhabited for centuries until 1200 AD. Stone walls around the huts were designed to keep out cattle raiders, and the huts themselves are constructed completely of smallish stones, using no mortar. The huts are perfect for kids, and you can get plenty of ideas for building your own stone forts at home.

Blasket Island boat trip (Dunquin) – For an scenic boat ride, take a trip to Great Blasket Island. Once inhabited, the island is now deserted, but you'll enjoy exploring the untouched white sand beaches and crumbling stone houses – bring a picnic. On the way to the island, look for sea birds, seals, and sometimes you'll spot a pod of whales. Boat trips to the island are contingent upon good weather and ocean conditions. Boats leave from Dunquin (Dun Chaoin) pier.
Visit a pottery workshop (Clogher Beach) – Stop into the Louis Mulcahy pottery workshop to find out how Irish pottery is made, glazed and painted. In the visitor center, watch a professional potter at work, and best of all, kids can try their hand at making a pot themselves.
Gallurus Oratory (Ballyferriter) – It's hard to believe that this pristine stone building is over 1000 years old, one of the best preserved Christian churches in Ireland. It's even more impressive when you step inside – all those stones are sticking together without any mortar.
Brendan Creek – A crystal clear creek bubbles down to the sea, and according to legend, this is where St. Brendan set out on his seven year journey to discover the isles of paradise, but ended up in North America instead. It's a lovely spot, and easy to envision Brendan plunking his coracle into the sea. (Note: this is not the only locale in Ireland that claims to be Brendan's departure point.)
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