Road Trip: Dingle, County KerryKerry's legendary coastal drive with the best views in the country
The stunning Slea Head Drive should be high on every visitor's to-do list. The 47km route links a series of wild beaches along the peninsula’s jagged coastline, with clifftop roads that wind through local villages, providing plenty of chances to explore the local countryside, not to mention pubs, cafés and shops. From the roundabout at Dingle's entrance, head towards Ventry Harbour, where you can pause for a splash in the surf. Then, follow signs to the sheltered beach of Coumeenoole which has plenty of rocks to clamber on and caves to explore. From there, make your way towards the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht village of Dunquin. You'll be able to spot the Blasket Islands, overseen by a giant stone crucifix set dramatically into the cliffside, before heading back to Dingle via Ballyferriter and Muiríoch, stopping off at the ancient Gallarus Oratory and Clogher Beach en route before settling down to a well-earned seafood supper at Out of the Blue. Serious cyclists (who feel they can cope with some very changeable weather) can hire a bicycle from one of the rental shops in Dingle. Everyone else should drive.
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