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Despite my lack of quality preplanning, we were able to get in a driving tour around the Dingle peninsula.
The Ring of Dingle refers to the road network starting at the city of Dingle that eventually loops back on itself to return to Dingle. This drive is a delight to the passengers and an adventure to the driver. Winding around narrow costal roads the "Ring of Dingle" provides magnificent views and opportunity to visit some interesting historic remains.
Photo Right - One of the historic sites that drew me to this area, the Gallarus Oratory.
A few o sights along the Ring of Dingle:
Gallarus Oratory
Dun Beag
Beehive Huts
 
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The area is doted with ancient monuments but you will need a good local map and more than a day to see but just a few of them. We stuck to visiting the major historic sites and taking in the picturesque views. Never the less, we some how still bypassed a few of the attractions we were on the look out for.

Photo Left - On the Dingle Peninsula much of the road signage was displayed only in Irish.

One of the limitations of driving the Ring of Dingle, is there are a limited number of places to pull over ones car. Consequently, you may see a spectacular view, or that potentially perfect photo, but you can not linger, as a parking place for your car is some distance ahead, or behind you.

As a photographer, my heart twinged as we drove pass scenery capable of producing award-winning photos but there was no place to stop the car. The road narrowed and traffic slowed considerably as we started a series of hair pin curves .

Coming out of a sharp curve, not more than 20 feet ahead was a second sharp curve with water rushing over it. Concentrating on my driving, I could see from the corner of my eye what appeared to be a waterfall dropping on to the road way. I had a flash back to my childhood, when I was 11 years old my dad had dragged me to a Travelogue on Ireland. Now, the almost forgotten scene I had witnessed in the Travelogue was to become part of my personal experience. From the moment of seeing the water on the road to having it hit the top and sides of the car we have little time to prepare. As the driver, all I could do was watch the road, this day I wished I had been a passenger. Sadly, I realize there was no place to park in order to truly appreciate the water fall; there would be no photo of the experience to share with others.

The City of Dingle was bustling with activity. A good location for exploring the area west, Dingle's main attraction is its shops and restaurants.

Photo Left: City of Dingle


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Most of the information on this website was gather during my families July 2004 visit to Ireland