Dingle town, is the heart and soul of the peninsula. It is the most westerly town in Europe and a stronghold of the arts. The town also has a long history. In medieval times the harbor was the departure point for pilgrims to the grave of St James at Santiago de Compostela in Spain . So important was the pilgrimage that the Spanish are said to have built the first church on the site of the present Church of Ireland in Main Street , which is called St James`s after the Spanish patron.
Mountains at its back, Dingle faces comfortably onto a sheltered harbor. From level ground at Strand Street on the harbor`s edge and at the Mall beside the Dingle River, three main streets rise: Green Street, John Street and Main Street. About 1,200 people live in Dingle, but it serves the larger population of the surrounding countryside, and in the summer months it caters for many visitors.
Ireland is thought to have been inhabited from around 6000BC by people of a mid-Stone Age culture, about 4,000 years later, tribes from Southern Europe arrived and established a high Neolithic culture. Places to see include: Jerpoint Abbey, Hill of Tara, Newgrange, Rock of Cashel and much more!
The Ring of Kerry (Iveragh Peninsula) is a part of the mystical & unspoiled region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Its spectacular beauty is beyond question. It provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland and a landscape carved out of rock by the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago.
Ireland`s countryside is dotted with castles that range from romantic castles and towers that are in ruins to stately Chieftain Castles and Irish Castle Hotels. They are all filled with character and history. Many of these castles are medieval, dating from the 11th to the 15th century.
Ireland has some of the most beautiful public and private gardens in the world. There are formal gardens, Victorian gardens, Japanese gardens, and decorative vegetable gardens. We recommend that you take time to `stop and smell the roses` during your journey. Ask locally about gardens, which may be visited in the area. Remember - all of Ireland is a garden.
From uncanny lunar landscapes and the powerful Atlantic to labyrinthine caves and crystal clear waterways. Ireland enjoys over 714 miles of spectacular coastline, surrounded by the mighty Atlantic on the west and the Irish Sea on the east. As well as towering cliffs, clear fresh waters, pristine sandy beaches.
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