The relatively remote Dingle Peninsula is known for its rugged mountains, jagged cliffs, and archaeological sites. Mount Brandon reaches 3,130 feet and is Ireland’s second-tallest mountain. The area has more sheep than residents, and the weather is often rainy but rarely interrupts sightseeing. Plus it has sandy beaches. Allow two nights here.
At Tralee, the peninsula’s entrance point, take the N86, which leads through lovely countryside and provides glimpses of Tralee Bay as it heads to the Conor Pass. Located just before the N86 turns inland from the north coast, the village of Camp has several pubs and makes a good break stop before heading through the rugged Connor Pass to Dingle.
At times the road becomes very narrow as it climbs up and over the spectacular pass. Sheep are sometimes on the road, and fog and rain can slow things down through this rocky mountain pass over Mount Brandon. Finally, on the descent, you’ll have an expansive view of Dingle Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Then it’s a hop, skip, and jump into Dingle town.
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