The rugged Dingle Peninsula - In Photos

Posted on 29. Aug, 2012 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Ireland, Photo Posts, Press Trips

Roadtripping in Ireland was a life-long dream. For some reason (perhaps because half my family has bright ginger hair, perhaps because we are quite the elbow-benders), I was always drawn to the Emerald Island, and what better way to discover it than with a car, I thought.

Well there happens to be a better way. By tour bus. There is quite nothing like being driven around this beautiful part of the world by an always knowledgeable and more often than not cheeky local, who is more than happy to share the many myths and legends of the area.

The drive between Killarney and Galway – otherwise known as the Dingle Peninsula - is indeed quite spectacular. Think raw, untouched nature,  constantly fighting against the wild Atlantic Ocean to form this unique, dramatic coastline. I’d never seen anything like it before, and I think it’s fair to say that it’s amongst the most beautiful roadtrips of the world.

So without further ado, here are my best photos of the Dingle Peninsula.

dingle peninsula

dingle peninsula

To be honest, the day started out pretty bad. After being on the road for about two hours, and having already a few dozen photos on my camera, I realized that I had been shooting in ISO 6400. In broad daylight. That’s very bad news for a travel blogger. So a huge part of my photos from that day are extremely grainy, and flatly colored. Hur-fucking-ray! At least I fixed this before it was too late…

dingle peninsula

dingle peninsula

Coumeennole Beach! This was probably the coldest water I’ve put my feet in. But you know what? It felt amazing nonetheless. Slightly invigorating for the body (as in, my feet had a weird blueish hue and my heart was beating fast), but incredibly powerful for the soul - I’ve ever so rarely dipped my toes in the sea that each time is precious to me.

Even the freezing ones.

dingle peninsula

dingle peninsula

And then we stopped in Dingle for lunch. What a lovely village! I loved how colorful it was, and so full of life for such a small place. The locals were amongst the friendliest I’ve met in Ireland.

But perhaps my overall appreciation is clouded by my weak point for ice cream. I have very little willpower when it comes to ice cream.

dingle peninsula

dingle peninsula

dingle peninsula

dingle peninsula

This is Dunmore Head, one of the most striking sights of the Dingle Peninsula. It’s on top of a small mountain, silent and peaceful. It’s also the westernmost point of Ireland.

Or, in other words, the closest I’ll be to Canada while physically standing in Ireland.

dingle peninsula

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Shamrocker Tours on this trip. As always, all opinions are my own.

Have you been to the Dingle Peninsula? Or the Western coast of Ireland? What was your favorite stop?

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13 Responses to “The rugged Dingle Peninsula - In Photos”

  1. fitri

    29. Aug, 2012

    wow.. love your traveling.. beach so beautiful and nature…

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  2. Nicole Gagnon

    29. Aug, 2012

    Quelles belles plages apaisantes! Magnifiques.

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  3. Katherina

    29. Aug, 2012

    Dingle looks like a lovely little village!! (it does seem to be quite cold, though…). My favorite shot is the third one… of Coumeennole Beach - I LOVE the UK’s coastline!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      30. Aug, 2012

      It was actually pretty warm that day - well, for Ireland anyway.

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  4. Ger

    30. Aug, 2012

    Hmm Katherina… Dingle is a town not a village and the Irish coastline is not part of the UK
    Regards
    Her
    http://www.dinglepost.com

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  5. Leah Travels

    30. Aug, 2012

    I did this trip by car in April. I loved Dingle. Everything about it screamed “Ireland” to me. Your pictures bring back great memories.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      01. Sep, 2012

      It does scream Ireland, doesn’t it? It represents perfectly what travelers think Ireland is like. I loved this town!

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  6. Jade - OurOyster.com

    01. Sep, 2012

    Yikes! That water looked waaaay too cold for a swim

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      01. Sep, 2012

      Yeah, just dipping my toes was more than enough! :P

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  7. Abby

    04. Sep, 2012

    That does look gorgeous! I wish I’d gotten to see the ocean this weekend… I love seeing storefronts from towns like that.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      12. Sep, 2012

      I think the ocean is particularly lovely in Ireland, with the dramatic coastline and all!

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  8. This sounds and looks amazing! What are some must-see spots?

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