Environmental

The Dingle Peninsula – A Stop Along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Claudia Garcia is a student at the University of Arkansas and a former ISA Featured Blogger. She studied abroad with ISA in Galway, Ireland.

A breathtaking view along the Dingle Peninsula

A breathtaking view along the Dingle Peninsula

The Wild Atlantic Way is a route that winds through the western parts of Ireland and measures over 2,500km in length. Some of Ireland’s most breathtaking scenery can be found along this route. So far, I have seen Connemara, the Burren and the Ring of Kerry, but by far my favorite is the Dingle Peninsula.

The Dingle Peninsula is the western most point of Ireland featuring some of the most dramatic landscapes and views Ireland has to offer. Everything from the rocky shores of Slea Head to the sandy beaches and sheep – lots and lots of sheep – can be seen on the drive along the peninsula. Stand in awe looking out at the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean while enjoying the solitude this peaceful retreat provides.

One of several beaches found along the peninsula

One of several beaches found along the peninsula

The rocky shores of Slea Head

The rocky shores of Slea Head

Dingle Peninsula not only gives visitors the chance to experience beautiful views, but also pieces of history. Driving along the route you will find many different archaeological sites from the Iron Age, as well as remnants of original Irish cottages that were abandoned during the Great Famine. These sights remind us of how long people have been living on this island and how much they have experienced over the years.

These stone beehive huts offer visitors a glimpse of the past

These stone beehive huts offer visitors a glimpse of the past

At the start of the peninsula loop is the the town of Dingle. This charming and colorful town is worth the stay and has a variety of B&B’s to choose from. Seafood and traditional music are never absent in this coastal town. Spend part of the day wandering the streets or walking along the harbor, all while taking in the lovely sights and sounds.

The colorful streets in the town of Dingle

The colorful streets in the town of Dingle

Views of Dingle from the harbor

Views of Dingle from the harbor

The next time you find yourself in Ireland, be sure to make a stop in Dingle. You won’t regret it!

The world awaits…discover it.

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