Those who think of Ireland often have the image of green hills, sheep and whiskey drinking elderly men in their heads. More there is not. I thought that at first. But hey. Do you listen to me? I must tell you something, and I want you to tell the whole world: The West Coast in Ireland is so much more than that.
For me it was last year on the west coast in Ireland. More specifically, the counties Kerry and Cork. The routes and “drives” we drove with the rental car, which was a small challenge with these small, sweet but damn narrow streets and then also with left-hand traffic, but at the latest, after one day we had used it. If you prefer to take a backpack across the country, you can also use the same routes. Here and there-there are even extra trails directly over the hills.
1. West Coast in Ireland: Kenmare – the jewel of the Ring of Kerry!
Less than half an hour from Kerry Airport is the small town of Kenmare with sewa bus pariwisata. Colorful houses, lively pubs, in the middle a sweet church and on every corner there is free WLAN and a lot of nice and open people. Kenmare is also called “The Jewel in the Ring of Kerry” as it is the starting point for a tour of one of the most famous hiking trails in Ireland: the Ring of Kerry. The west coast has several peninsulas, which in turn have the right panorama squares. The Ring of Kerry is often preferred by travel groups because you have not only wonderful views but also lots of old buildings, stone rows, and forts on the way. Tip: Make sure you have “Ladies View”. From here you can look over the lakes of the Killarney National Park.
2. West Coast in Ireland: Glengarriff – seals on the beach and musical diversity
Of all the places I have seen on the west coast of Ireland, this little place surprised me most. From Kenmare, we made a stop to the next peninsula, the Beara Peninsula. At first glance quite inconspicuous and only visible when one is in the middle, lies Glengarriff amidst green hills. Actually, it consists of a single crossroads, on whose main road everything takes place, but the small village has it fast dick behind the ears. The three or four pubs alternate each evening with their events and so here in the summer, young and old play together under the free stars. Everyone is allowed to join and play a song if he wants and all sing with. And whoever thinks that is all, has been wrong. As you walk a little further into the woods, towards the water, you can even see the seals sunbathing on the warm rocks, while the children of the area are jumping into the cool water from the footbridge just a few yards away.
3. Ireland’s West Coast: Killarney – pure nature meets tourist nightlife
Back across the pass, past Kenmare and a bit into the country. There comes my favorite town, Killarney comes. There is an old, heroic manor house whose family has been ruined many centuries ago to make the environment for Queen Victoria to come to visit. At that time the property returned to the country and now it is a national park. Do you remember the “Ladies View” near Kenmare? These lakes belong here.
If you walk through the “Gap of Dunloe”, so through the gap between two mountain chains, you get out at exactly this lake. Here I have had the most beautiful boat trip of my life, with funny stories of Homer Simpson Island (a small island on the lakes that looks like a lying Homer) and interesting historical facts. In the evening it is not as quiet as in the previous places. Killarney is a little touristy and accordingly the offer is also great. Here you will find not only small, nice pubs, but also night clubs, shisha and cocktail bars.
4. West Coast in Ireland: Eyeries – A colorful oasis of tranquility
Admittedly. If you ride the Ring of Kerry along the coast to the north (or walks), you’ll pass some great little places. But a small stopover in Eyeries must be. So many colorful houses with a view of the Pacific you have never seen anywhere else. Activities are also available, from the evening, but otherwise is not much going on. There is a small café on the main street waiting for you to make your tea and scones break. The nice, elderly lady who runs the store has long sat down to tell us stories of the times when Ireland was anything but a destination. In Eyeries, it means: take a break, relax and enjoy the peace. If you want, you can walk from here also on foot to the beach. If there were not the full linen lines in the gardens, one could almost think that there is no one living there. Fun fact: In Ireland, a beach is also called the beach.
5. West Coast in Ireland: Dingle – The home of Fungie the dolphin and exceptional pubs
A peninsula further north, but still in County Kerry, there is again a beautiful road along the coast. The “Slea Head Drive” you should definitely leave / run off. In addition, you can easily find in the small (you can see, really big is not a place) port staff Dingle. Here the dolphin “Fungi” came over 30 years ago and made the bay easy to his home. And this is actually entirely voluntary. For a bit of money, you can get out of one of the boats and watch Fungie at the early sport. Tip: There is a money back guarantee if you should not see the dolphin, but I assure you: You can always see it! If you want to save the 10 – 15 €, just walk along the beach, towards the sea. Here you can sometimes see Fungie from near, sometimes from far away.
In Dingle, there is the most delicious and fresh seafood chowder, fried chocolate and in the evenings you can enjoy the music in the “most modern, traditional pub”, the Courthouse Pub or the famous Dick Mack’s. From the outside, he looks like a small aunt’s shop, from the inside too. Only stop comfortable and with a counter and many seating possibilities. Tip: Look for the “Dunquin Pier” on the Slea Head Drive. The little stone road that leads down to the pier, looks just too beautiful, surrounded by turquoise blue water and green hills, to omit it.