Dingle Peninsula
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Edge of the World
I've never been a big nature person. I usually prefer visiting cities and historic sites on my vacations. But I heard enough people tell me to visit the Dingle peninsula while in Ireland that I, thankfully, followed their advice. The Ring of Kerry might be more popular, but Dingle is where you'll find the breath-taking views. There's something about driving around the rugged cliffs of this peninsula, knowing that all that stretches before you is the Atlantic Ocean and eventually America. Dingle doesn't take long to drive around, so take your time stopping to see the sites. Get a good guidebook (I recommend Rick Steves) to help you understand the history of the peninsula and the amazing historic sites you see, including a fort that is literally falling into the ocean. Some of the sites are hidden, so a good guide will also help you find them. Bring food for a picnic and walk out onto one of the rugged cliffs to enjoy a lunch with an amazing view. Also make sure to stop by the small but great Blasket Island Centre, which tells you about the people who lived in the western most portion of Ireland and who stuck to their way of life until just the past century. Many of them ended up in America. Finally, make sure to enjoy some of the beautiful beaches you come across. Where else can you find such gorgeous beaches that are so deserted? Sure, the water will likely be cold, but don't let that stop you.
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