Welcome to Dingle Bay on the west coast of Ireland. Forget what you think you know about the emerald isle and prepare yourself for an amazing journey. This episode of the Nail Travels adventure journal takes us to that far away land where anything can happen. Just wait.
Kerry faces the Atlantic Ocean and, typically for an Eastern-Atlantic coastal region, features many peninsulas and inlets, principally the Dingle Peninsula, the Iveragh Peninsula, and the Beara Peninsula. The county is bounded on the west by the Atlantic Ocean and on the north by the River Shannon. Kerry is one of the most mountainous regions of Ireland and contains two of its three highest mountains, Carrauntoohil, part of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks range, and Mount Brandon, part of the Slieve Mish range.
The bay is bordered on the north and south by the Dingle and Iveragh Peninsulas, with the River Maine entering at its head. The harbor town of Dingle lies on the north side of the bay. Other settlements overlooking the bay include Ventry, Ballymeentrant, Beenbane, Kinard, Annascaul and Glenbeigh.
Kilmalkedar is a spectacular early-Christian and medieval ecclesiastical site found about 8km from Dingle, County Kerry. The ruins are spread across an area of 10 acres. Among them, visitors will enjoy examining the fine 12th-century Hiberno-Romanesque church and several fascinating artifacts, such as an alphabet stone, holed Ogham stone, sundial and large stone cross.
West of Dingle town lies a coastline writ from tales of fiction. Take the road to Ballyferriter village and meander on Beál Bán beach, which is a locals-only spot. The views of the Atlantic will show why it’s been kept a secret. Stay on the coast as far as the Cloghar Cliffs and be sure to bring a camera.
Make sure to swing in to one of Ireland’s most charming towns. Dingle’s Green Street is littered with quaint fashion and jewelry shops that give way to cozy pubs such as Ashes and Foxy John’s. The latter is a DIY store with beer taps in case you need to drink a pint and do your hardware shopping at the same time. Just be mindful, no power tools.
The Gallarus Oratory (Séipéilín Ghallarais, “The Church of the Place of the Foreigners”) is said To be an early Christian church on the Dingle Peninsula. It sits above the harmour at Ard na Caithne.
The Gallarus Oratory “The Church of the Place of the Foreigners” is on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland.. pic.twitter.com/BoHyAhdBIx
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Thanks to Stephanie Schopmeyer for her photographs and inspiration. Dingle Bay is anxiously awaiting her next return. Always remember, there’s no sea grass in Colorado. Thanks to Dunkin Donuts for their continued partnership with Nail Travels. Make your way to your nearest location and get your fill of their tasty goodness. Follow their social media sites on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t deny yourself. You know where the good stuff is.