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In Ireland’s beautiful far South West – where the ancient Kingdom of Kerry meets wild West Cork – five great peninsulas with mountainous spines stretch miles out into the ocean. This is great walking country, with long-distance trails and circular routes across the region. Hugging the coast, or crossing Ireland’s highest mountains, breathtaking views unfold at every turn. It’s the furthest west in all Ireland: “next parish Manhattan”, they say here. And there’s a distinctly edge-of-the-world feel to the Southern Peninsulas, as both the mainland and everyday life are left far behind.
You could find yourself paddle-boarding with dolphins, landing on a deserted archipelago once home to Ireland’s greatest born-storytellers, taking a cable car with the ocean crashing below, sailing to a World Heritage Site named in Lonely Planet Best In Travel 2017's top 10 regions to visit, visiting an abandoned copper mine, or star-gazing under Ireland’s darkest skies. Memorable – sometimes life-changing – experiences are ahead.
Bray Head showcases spectacular views of the Skellig Islands, the Blasket Islands and Dingle Peninsula.
Hop on Ireland's only cable car to discover stunning walks, rare birds and ancient ruins on this island hideaway.
Trek the 99 steps down to Mizen Head's Signal Station and Ireland's most southwesterly point.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, these awe inspiring islands stand aloof in the wild Atlantic Ocean
Learn more about the mystical Skelligs, the two remote islands off the coast of County Kerry that provide an unspoiled glimpse at Ireland’s ancient heritage.
Deserted villages, Gaeltacht traditions and its fair share of renowned writers, this is as far west as you can get.