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Beara and Dingle

grafton
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Beara and Dingle

Have just read a post by elstravels, where she states that maybe seeing the rok and dingle peninsula were too much of the same thing (meaning scenery). I am interested in driving Beara and Dingle. Do forum readers think these are too similar too?

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1. Re: Beara and Dingle

I think they're quite different - and they're also two of my favourite places in Ireland. Beara has quite a rugged landscape, and is quieter, less "tourist-orientated" than Dingle. Beara has many interesting prehistoric sites: stone circles, stone rows, megalithic tombs; then there's Dursey Island, which is a "challenge" to visit if you don't like heights!!

http://www.bearatourism.com/visitorinfo.html

www.bearatourism.com/archaelogical.html

http://www.bearatourism.com/bwdursey.html

It's a great place for walks/hikes:

http://www.bearatourism.com/walks.html

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If wanting to visit Beara, I'd stay in Kenmare which is only a couple minutes drive from the Peninsula: drive across the bridge leading out of Kenmare (direction Bantry) and look for the right-hand turn just after you've crossed the bridge.

Dingle is busier and the town in particular has a great range of accommodation, pubs & restaurants and shops:

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Another great area for walks/hiking, surfing, kayaking, boat trips, horse-riding . . . . walks along a quiet, sandy beach :-)

http://www.dingleway.net/

http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/cosan.html

http://www.dinglehorseriding.com/

http://www.longsriding.com/

http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/beaches.html

dodingle.com/Activities/water_sport_activiti…

If you have time for both ( at least a full day for each Peninsula), I highly recommend you spend time exploring these areas. I don't think you'll be disappointed!

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I would fully agree with Sarnia G's analysis. The Dingle peninsula is where I am based, but I regularly visit Beara and love it.

Beara is not well served with towns catering for visitors, so like Sarnia G, I'd recommend Kenmare as your base

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If you wanted to do both, as well as the area around Macroom, which town would you choose as a base for 3-4 nights?

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Killarney would be the best base to reach all three, followed by Kenmare

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Killarney is the best touring base for the south west corner,

grafton
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Thank you Sarnia and Soonas. My heart has always been set on Kenmare as a base after doing lots of reading and then travelling on to Dingle for a couple of days, so I will stick to my original plan. However you got my interest when you mentioned Dursey Island, as I am afraid of heights but enjoy walking. I may have more questions for u about it at a later date.

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I suffer mildly from vertigo, so haven't managed the cable car yet

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8. Re: Beara and Dingle

I think you plan of Kenmare and Dingle is a perfect way to see both. I personally love both towns as stopovers. Make sure you go over the Healy Pass as part of your Beara Penninsula drive. I have experienced great music in both locations on my trips regardless of night. Lot's of options for dining too!

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