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Kerry & Dingle Peninsula

Kerry in Irelands South West coast is one of the most beautiful parts of the country. The area offers stunning backdrops and a great variety of wave types, from beginner beach breaks to long peeling advanced reef breaks. Kerry is known as the Kingdom of Ireland and has a coastline carved out from the wild Atlantic Ocean. It is home to 10 of the highest mountain in Ireland and has one of the oldest oak forests in the country.

To the south you have the world renowned Killarney National Park and to the North the fabulous Dingle Peninsula which has Ireland's second highest peak, Mount Brandon. Brandon bay which is to the North of the peninsula spans over 10km in length offering options for surfing no matter the wind direction. The many beaches along the bay are easily accessed by car from the main road.

Further south of the Dingle peninsula is the famous Inch reef break that can, when conditions are right, break for up to 400 metres. This right handed wave offers one of the best waves in Ireland and is surrounded by magnificent views. The beach at Inch is in fact longer than its name alludes too, some 6km long with sand dunes to its east. Restaurants and cafes on the beach make it a great place to base yourself for a surf holiday in Ireland .

The Dingle peninsula is world renowned for the town at the heart of it, Dingle. This magical Irish town is a huge tourist attraction, offering a true Irish experience, from live music to an aquarium. It is a destination the Irish themselves go to in large numbers, but it never feels overcrowded. If you have time you can even visit Dingles's most famous resident in the harbour, Fungi the Dolphin.

West of the Dingle peninsula you will find many of the best views along the Irish West coastline. Spectacular surf beaches such as Coumeenole offer great waves and amazing views of the Blasket Islands.

North of Brandon and Dingle are the towns of Tralee, Ballyheigue and Ballybunion. Tralee is the capital town of the Kerry and is also home to the famous Rose of Tralee festival every summer.

With pristine landscape, clear water, great surf throughout the year Kerry is a magical place to go surf, grab some friends and explore this Kingdom on the Irish West Coast.
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Kerry is one of the most spectacular areas on the island of Ireland located on the West of Ireland. Known as the Kingdom is a diverse landscape from rolling hills to the North at the mouth of Ireland's largest rivers the Shannon to it mountainous landscape in the south as far as Kenmare. This region offers travelers a once in a lifetime experience and will make for a very memorable surf holiday.

Rich in culture and facing the might Atlantic Ocean, Kerry is shaped by the sea and this part of the West of Coast of Ireland can offer some of the most jaw dropping views anywhere in the world. Recently used as a location in a Star Wars film the Skellig Islands off the South West of Kerry can be visited during summer months.

Known for its authentic Irish culture Kerry is always a lively place to visit, from summer festivals such as The Dingle Trad Festival to winter music events such as Other Voices. Kerry also hosts the world famous Rose of Tralee in its capital town Tralee. This is a unique festival bringing people from all over the globe to Tralee for one week in the summer. To see a list of all festivals visit www.gokerry.ie

Kerry offers some of the best locations for surf holidays in the west of Ireland and somewhere you will never forget.

Activities in Kerry

Aside from Surfing Kerry has many options - Road biking, hiking, horse riding, big game fishing, boat trips, mountain biking, whale and dolphin watching and other water sports such as kitesurfing and windsurfing.

Restaurants & food in Kerry

Kerry is well known for it's seafood and Dingle is a hub for such cuisine . Check out Out of the Blue and Fenton's in Dingle for great seafood. There is also a number of food festivals that run throughout the summer all over Kerry. For ice cream on a nice day don't forget to visit is Murphy's Ice Cream in Dingle town centre.

Kerry is a large area and within all the major towns such as Killarney, Tralee and Dingle there is a huge array of food and activities, but there is also the many villages that dot the area, some to look out for are Castlegregory, Brandon, Killorglin, Portmagee, Sneem and Kenmare.
From Dublin
Dingle is a 4 1/2 hr drive from Dublin. Take the M7 and his turns into the new M20 motorway to Tralee and follow on to Dingle either by North road past Castlegregory of South Road Annascaul .

Best thing to do is log on to www.aaireland.ie and type in where your leaving from and ‘Dingle’ or look up on Google maps.

Airports
Kerry Airport (Farranfore Airport) near Killarney. It is an hour from Dingle town. It has flight to Dublin, Frankfurt and London.

The following airlines fly to it:

www.ryanair.com
www.aerlingus.com

Shannon Airport - Ireland second major airport. It serves the West and South West of the country: www.shannonairport.com. It is 2 hr away from Dingle and offers flights to many major cities around the world.

www.united.com
www.ryanair.com
www.delta.com
www.americanairlines.ie
www.aerlingus.com

Car Hire - We have a discount car hire section on our website where you can rent a car at Dublin, Shannon and Kerry airports.

Train and Bus
From Dublin and many other towns you can take a train to Killarney and from there a bus on to Dingle.Take a look at www.irishrail.ie and www.buseireann.ie
Situated on the south west corner of Ireland Kerry gets a lot of swell throughout the year. During the summer this calms down slightly but can still offer some waves in glassy green water, some of the cleanest in Europe.

To surf in Kerry is an experience, from the mountains surrounding you on the Dingle Peninsula to the soft sandy cliffs of Northern Kerry. A land that offer some of the most beautiful landscapes to surf in the world.

Brandon bay
On the North side of the Dingle peninsula this 11 km run of beach curls around and offers many options depending on the wind direction. Mostly beach breaks, some notably spots here are Dumps, and the reefs Garywilliam Point and Mossies. Most spots work on all tides and pick up plenty of swell all year round.

Inch strand
On the south side of the Dingle Peninsula Inch is a 6km long beach. This beach picks up lots of swell and is great for all levels. The beach offers nice long waves great for beginners and longboarding.

Inch Reef
Inch reef is known as the longest running wave in Ireland and when all the conditions are right can run for up to 400 metres. When the conditions are right watch out for crowds as this wave is somewhat mythical in the area and in Ireland.

Coomeenole
Out on the far west end of Dingle peninsula this beach break needs all the conditions to work. It can be tricky as it gets bigger and rips become a factor. When it does work it can be a magical wave to surf and feel like the edge of the world.

Reanough/Ballydavid

Reanough and Ballydavid are two very different waves within Smerwick Harb to the North of Dingle Peninsula. Ballydavid is known as Kerry’s big wave and with the right conditions can be a real monster only for the professional and experienced surfer. Reanough is a beach break that works on a North swell and with South West wind. There is a reef at the East end that is rideable on high tide.

Ballybunion

This small town to the North of Kerry near the estuary of the Shannon river offers three great waves. A right that comes off a cliff and although can be hard to get up on rewards you when you do. The beach is great for beginners and works on all tides. The left that is on the South of the beach with a rock bottom. It is hollow at low tide and slightly mushy at high tide.

Rossbeigh

A long beach that looks at the Dingle peninsula Rossbeigh is a fun beach break great for beginners. At the north end of the beach there is a left hand point break but requires a long walk out to it.

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