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After we left Dublin, we headed to the southwestern Irish countryside. We visited the Dingle Peninsula, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher. Each destination had its own personality, but the beautiful Irish landscape followed wherever we went.
Dingle Peninsula was one of my favorite destinations. It was picturesque and not as crowded as The Ring of Kerry which is to the peninsula’s south. I was enchanted by the geography–sandstone cliffs, which sheep roamed freely, with deep blue waters below. In the town of Dingle we had a tasty lunch in Murphy’s Pub followed by some time to explore the town. I was excited to stumble upon The Little Cheese Shop where we picked up some delicious goat’s milk brie, truffles made in town and a fig ball, dried figs shaped into a ball. I also was excited to discover Murphy’s Ice Cream. I highly recommend the Dingle sea salt.
Even though you go to visit the Blarney Castle and kiss the stone, there is much more to do in Blarney. My family had a great time strolling the beautifully landscaped castle grounds. We loved the poison garden, which housed plants you might have read about in Harry Potter, like mandrake and wolfsbane.
Ring of Kerry
Ring of Kerry is a circular tourist route and another Irish must see. The Ring is located on the peninsula due south of the Dingle Peninsula. The vistas are spectacular, the top photo was taken at Ladies View, where Queen Victoria and her ladies-in-waiting visited in 1861. Along the road we stopped at a sheepdog show and enjoyed a glass of Irish coffee.
Cliffs of Moher
One of the last stops on our trip were the Cliffs of Moher. They are Ireland’s most visited natural landmark and stretch for 5 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. The weather was beautiful the day we visited, so we were able to take a long walk along the cliffs.
These are just a few highlights from my family trip to Ireland. I hope to have the chance to visit again and explore the scenic northern region of the country.