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Driving from Kinsale to Dingle-what should we see?

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Driving from Kinsale to Dingle-what should we see?

Hi,

Driving with my Mom-87 and 3 sisters around the entire Island. I am responsible for Kinsale to Dingle. what should we stop and see, and anything we should avoid?

Also anything particularly great to do/see in Dingle?

thanks!

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1. Re: Driving from Kinsale to Dingle-what should we see?

Lots of information abiout Dingle here:

http://www.dodingle.com/

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2. Re: Driving from Kinsale to Dingle-what should we see?

Beara is the best of the main peninsula's in the South West but tourists think the places the tour bus's go must be best. Unfortunately heading from one tourist location to another the really good bits get neglected.

tripadvisor.ie/ShowTopic-g211923-i20379-k459…

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3. Re: Driving from Kinsale to Dingle-what should we see?

I would take the scenic route from Kinsale via Clonakilty and Glengariff http://routes.aaireland.ie/#

You will have fantastic scenery along the way plus beautiful towns and villages like Leap, Ballydehob, Schull and Bantry.

Ejoy your stay

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4. Re: Driving from Kinsale to Dingle-what should we see?

The scenic route outlined by Lightblue 7 is a very nice route. The Beara Peninsula , is lovely, but would be too much to take on if you are doing Kinsale-Dingle in a day.

BTW I don't agree with Tony that Beara is the "best of the main peninsulas", The majority of regular posters here would rank them Dingle, Beara, Ring of Kerry, but it comes down to personal taste in the end

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5. Re: Driving from Kinsale to Dingle-what should we see?

We just did the Drive from Kinsale to Kenmare along the coast with a detour onto the Beara Peninsula, just to do the Healy Pass. If you kept going, I would stop for pictures at Moll's Gap, Ladies View and the Inch Beach on the Dingle Peninsula. It would be a long drive, but the views are spectacular. You are probably looking at six hours or so.

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6. Re: Driving from Kinsale to Dingle-what should we see?

My favourite places to stay, shop, eat, drink in Dingle:

tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i19068-Best_o…

Sites and sights to enjoy along Slea Head, which lies west, beyond Dingle town:

tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i19854-Dingle…

flickr.com/photos/…

If you're taking all day to drive from Kinsale to Dingle, then you'll need at least 2 nights in Dingle just to explore the town and Slea Head . . .

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7. Re: Driving from Kinsale to Dingle-what should we see?

Forgot to mention:

You might find this road atlas useful for your travels; it can be purchased online, or at larger tourist offices and any good bookshop in Ireland:

www.irishmaps.ie/product/display.cfm…

and this web-site is useful for gauging distances and routes, however the quoted drive times are a bit "optimistic". For those of us who aren't familiar with the roads, it's best to add a further 20% to the times and this will give you a fairly accurate figure to work with:

http://routes.aaireland.ie/

btw: when are you visiting Ireland?

There are many festivals throughout the year, which you might like to see if you're in the right place at the right time:

http://entertainment.ie/festival/

and keep an eye on this site closer to your arrival to see if there's anything happening in Dingle during your visit:

http://dinglenews.com/events.asp

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