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DAY 1 Loop Head to Tralee: 167km (103 miles)

Voted “The Best Place to Holiday in Ireland” by Irish Times readers, Loop Head has so much to offer. On a good day at the lighthouse you can see from the Blasket Islands in County Kerry to the Twelve Bens in Connemara. By night, it’s a magical, unforgettable experience.  Meet the local dolphins with Dolphinwatch and uncover the fascinating story behind the “Little Ark” at Moneen Church before catching the ferry to Kerry at Killimer. Back on terra firma, your first stop is in Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum where aviation history inspired the invention of the world famous Irish Coffee. At Fenit, prepare to be regaled with the adventures of Saint Brendan the Navigator, who wrestled with sea monsters and devils on epic sea voyages. From Fenit, it’s a quick trip to Tralee, home of the famous Rose of Tralee Festival.

DAY 2 Tralee to Glenbeigh: 153km (95 miles)

From Tralee, head west to the Dingle Peninsula, which the National Geographic once called “the most beautiful place on earth.” Swing along the North of the pennisula through the awe-inspiring Conor Pass road, stopping to consume the vistas. Lunch at the café in Louis Mulcahy’s pottery workshop before meandering on to Dunquin where you can take a boat to the Great Blasket Island in summer. Dunquin boasts a pretty harbour, Coumeenole Beach and the Hollywood movie set of the film Ryan’s Daughter. Journey on from Ballyferriter to Dingle with its bohemian craftsmen and traditional pubs. Master Irish culinary art at the Dingle Cookery School or devour delectable seafood at at Out of the Blue and the Global Village restaurants, before finishing the day with a session in Foxy John’s. 

DAY 3 Dingle to Kenmare: 185km (115 miles)

Before breakfast, go for a dip on marvelous Inch beach, 3 miles of pristine white sand. From Killorglin venture onto the Ring of Kerry and continue west to the Skellig islands. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was a film set for the latest Star Wars film. In Ancient times it was home to monks who sought a life of isolation in beehive shaped stone huts. Next stop its Waterville, where Charlie Chaplin returned, summer after summer, to holiday with his family. Derrynane was home to “The Emancipator” Daniel O’Connell and today, the town charms with its timeless beauty.
Your voyage ends in the spirited town of Kenmare with colourful knitwear shops, delis, cafés, pubs, and a gourmet fish and chip shop. Fight the tempation to linger and give in to a dreamy few days in this stunning corner of the world.

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