West Co. Kerry, Ireland

From Killarney National Park, we headed straight for Dingle. The closer we got to the ocean, the more excited I was. When we finally reached Inch Beach, I couldn’t wait to jump out of the car and get some photos. The wind was so strong that I had to hold onto the car while I was shooting, for fear I was going to get blown over the side of the rocks.

There are a lot of windy roads on the coast, so if you are driving, take care of the sharp turns. There are shorter and less windier roads around southwest County Kerry, but far less scenic. You really do miss out on things if you don’t go off the path once in a while.

Castle Wood House was our lodging destination this time. This, by far, was the best place we stayed during our entire trip. It was clean, lovely and the owners were extremely friendly. They recommended a place for dinner, Out of the Blue, which we headed to shortly after checking in. I ate monkfish for dinner. You can google that, but beware the ugly. Thankfully, I had no idea what monkfish was when I ordered and I was able to full enjoy my dinner. We followed it with a couple of pints at a local pub that happened to have some of the best live music we heard throughout our trip.

In all, I wish we had planned to stay in Dingle a day or two longer, but reservations in Doolin awaited us. The next morning, we had a delicious breakfast (I highly recommend Helen’s Breakfast Treat) and packed our things before checking out. With a quick stop in Ennistymon to grab a hot coffee at Oh La La Cafe, we continued our journey up the west coat.