The complete guide to the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

 

Great views of the Brandon Group of Mountains and lakes

As Tom Cruise began his epic journey in the 1992 film Far and Away, he looked back from the top of the mountain ridge at the Ireland he would leave behind. A land of green running down to the rocky shore, a rugged coastline with views to lonely islands in the distance.

 

 

"Even high, forbidding Conor Pass presented something of a rush-hour scene. Negotiating the pass, which links Dingle Town on the south to Kilcummin on the north coast at Brandon Bay , is considered a "must-do" experience. Leaving town from Spa Road , the paved way becomes increasingly narrow and (depending on your sense of adventure) thrilling/terrifying until it crests at 1,300 feet above sea level. There were plenty of dicey moments as vehicles passed each other on the slender, twisting track. "

 

"Winding down Conor Pass , I tune into FM 94.4, the Gaelic station, fitting for a descent into the Dingle Peninsula , a Gaeltacht. Gaeltachts are national parks for culture where Gaelic (or Irish) is spoken and the government protects the old Irish ways.

 
 

"Conor Pass will take you over the mountains to the north. Take it easy here as the road is steep and narrow. The rugged terrain through which you climb looks like some sort of moonscape.

It's all worthwhile however for the views from the lookout at the top. Look back towards Dingle, way down there, or across to the north over Tralee Bay past Mount Brandon, Ireland's second highest mountain at 950m, with its peak shrouded in mist. There is a walking track which gives access to the top of the mountain.


Down to the northern side and you'll find sandy beaches like Castlegregory and an easy drive to Tralee."

 
 
 

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