Such a beautiful place. . . . . . .
. . . . named after the main town of Dingle, the Dingle Peninsula is commonly called
Corca Dhuibhne in Irish (anglicized as something like Corkaguiny).
It is the northernmost of the major peninsulas in County Kerry, ending beyond
the town of Dingle at Dunmore Head, the westernmost point of Ireland and
I'm sure you will agree that this dramatic scenery is exceptionally beautiful. I have to
add that it was also very peaceful when we visited prior to the arrival of the
Summer crowds. Our day trip was cool and mostly cloudy with a few patches of
sunshine, but again no rain. On arrival in Killarney, our base for four
nights, we checked weather forecasts and realized we had a two day window for
possible sunny days so made our tour reservations ahead to ensure seats on coaches.
This, the most western end of the peninsula is a Gaeltacht (meaning an
Irish-speaking area) that has produced many notable authors and poets.
As I mentioned in my last post, I'm obsessed with the story of the
Blasket Islands, particularly Great Blasket, where the small population
survived the potato famine and remained until 1953 when the government
evacuated the island, many of the inhabitants emigrating to
There are six principal Blasket Islands. The northermost is Inishtooskert
(Inis Tuaisceart in Irish), also known as An Fear Marbh (the dead man) or
the Sleeping Giant due to its appearance when viewed from the eastern
mainland as here in my photo.
This was the closest I managed to get to visiting Great Blasket Island - next time
I plan to be on a boat and going ashore!
The Three Sisters headland. . . . . . . along the dramatic Wild Atlantic Way.
This current movie site brought much excitement to many of our fellow passengers
on the coach tour. I admit to not being a Star Wars fan.
Unable to get permission to film again on the distant island Skellig Michael, a UNESCO
world heritage site where scenes were shot for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, the
Irish government allowed Disney Lucasfilm to build a replica of the historic site on
the mainland. Contractors built a 1.5 km metal roadway to transport the heavy
More to my liking was our guide's information about the the lovely beach,
Inch Strand. Here a much admired movie, 'Ryan's Daughter' (1970) with Robert Mitchum
and Sarah Miles was filmed. Scenes were also filmed at nearby Slea Head and
Coumeenole Beach. Set in the aftermath of the 1916 Easter Rising,
I plan to watch this movie again soon.
Also planning a second viewing of 'Far and Away' (1992) with Nicole Kidman
and Tom Cruise, which was partly filmed in this same area.
Cafe and beach/surf shop at Inch Strand - one of Ireland's most beautiful beaches
and very popular for surfing.
We truly fell in love with the Dingle Peninsula and will definitely put it on our
'let's go back' list. Another visit to Western Ireland is required - we saw a lot but
we want to spend more time there when possible.
An upcoming post from Ireland will focus on the second beautiful peninsula
we visited - the Ring of Kerry.
Have you ever been across the sea to Ireland?