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Dingle Town

Dingle Town is a 75-minute drive from Tralee on the N86 and two hours west of Killarney via Killorglin and Castlemaine, and is situated near the edge of the eponymous Dingle Peninsula. The coastal drive offers excellent views across the bay of the Iveragh Peninsula on the other side. Weather is an important consideration when planning a visit to Dingle -- if the mist is down, consider postponing. Visitors can take a 10 minute walk from the pier up Green St. to visit the best craft shops and proceed down Main Street, and back along the Mall to the pier to find the best shops, pubs, and restaurants.

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Ferriter's Castle

Now little more than a stump, this ruin of what was once a 15th century fortified tower house is beautiful due to its spectacular location near a cliff edge on the western tip of the Dingle Peninsula. Situated near Dingle golf club, 2 miles / 3 km to the northwest of Ballyferriter village in County Kerry, the castle's crumbling state adds to its postcard charm. Also known as Castle Sybil, Ferriter’s Castle was once the main family home of the Ferriter family, who controlled the western part of the Dingle peninsula, as well as the Blasket Islands. The castle is perhaps most famous for being the birthplace of Kerry poet and warrior Pierce Ferriter, the last Gaelic chieftain to hold out against Cromwell's New Model Army.

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Ardfert Cathedral

Historical Adfert Cathedral and its complex of churches is connected to a monastery founded on the site by St. Brendan the Navigator in the sixth century. St. Brendan is a popular and interesting figure among the Irish saints of the Roman Catholic Church who maintains a very dedicated following even to this day. Born in the area near Ardfert Cathedral, he was a great scholar who founded many monestaries. Brendan became known as the Navigator because of his adventurous journeys.

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Muckross House and Traditional Farms

In the centre of beautiful Killarney National Park sits the Muckross Estate, also known as the "Jewel of Killarney". It is also sometimes referred to as Bourn-Vincent Memorial Park. This 1843, 20-room Elizabethan style mansion, with grounds adjacent to Lake Muckross, has become a focal point for the display of County Kerry culture and craftsmanship. The picturesque, ivy covered mansion was built by Henry Herbert and his wife Mary Balfour Herbert, a watercolourist of some renown. Both are buried in nearby Killegy Churchyard.

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The Skelligs

On a clear day, from Valentia Island in the northwest part of the Ring of Kerry, at the Iveragh Peninsula, you can see two conical rocks pointing toward the sky from amid the waves of the Atlantic. The Skelligs are unique and dramatic rock formations located about five miles off the southwestern coast of Ireland. The name "Skellig" comes from a Gaelic word meaning "rock in the sea". Many visitors claim that their boat tour to explore these wonders up close is the most unexpected pleasure of their entire vacation. The Skelligs are not accessible to foot traffic, but boat tours come reasonably close to the islands, weather permitting..

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Muckross House and Gardens and Traditional Farm

In the centre of beautiful Killarney National Park sits the Muckross Estate, also known as the "Jewel of Killarney". It is also sometimes referred to as Bourn-Vincent Memorial Park. This 1843, 20-room Elizabethan style mansion, with grounds adjacent to Lake Muckross, has become a focal point for the display of County Kerry culture and craftsmanship. The picturesque, ivy covered mansion was built by Henry Herbert and his wife Mary Balfour Herber>t, a watercolourist of some renown. Both are buried in nearby Killegy Churchyard.

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Derrynane House and National Park

This 17th Century estate was the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell, the prominent Irish political figure known as The Liberator. The house, garden, and 320 acres of beautiful seaside parkland on the Ring of Kerry route combine to make up Derrynane National Park. The O'Connell family house now serves as a museum for The Liberator's many valuable historical artefacts.

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Cahirciveen

This small but historical market town forms the western entrance to the Ring of Kerry, perhaps the most popular tourist route in all of Irelandtoday. The Ring travels around the Ivernaugh Peninsula, giving visitors the opportunity to see some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Cahirciveen (alternatively spelled with an 's' -- Cahirsiveen) is a town full of brightly coloured but humble homes and is the central market area for the south of County Kerry.

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Ballyferriter

Ballyferriter is a coastal village in the Irish (Gaelic)-speaking region, or Gaeltacht, of the Dingle peninsula in County Kerry. Situated in the westernmost edge of the peninsula, three quarters of this rural community still speaks Irish on a day-to-day basis. Nearby is a beautiful sandy beach, the Beál Bán strand, overlooked by Mount Brandon, on which an annual horse race is held in June. The village takes its name from the Feiritéar family, a Norman-Irish family who settled in the region in the middle ages and controlled much of the region, including the Blasket Islands. Ballyferriter literally means Feiritéar town.

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Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church of the Holy Cross

This Gothic-Revival structure sits on Main Street in the small town of Cahersiveen in County Kerry. The O'Connell Memorial Church is the only church in Ireland built in honour of -- and named after -- a lay person, neither a saint nor a deity. Construction began in 1875, to commemorate the birth of Daniel O'Connell, who was born in Cahersiveen 100 years previously, and remains the town's most famous son. The church opened for its first mass in 1902.

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