DETAILS: Dingle Peninsula
GETTING THERE: I flew to Dublin, rented a car and drove 220 miles or so across Ireland in eight hours. Aer Lingus flies nonstop to Dublin from Dulles; an alternative is to fly into Shannon International Airport near Limerick and drive about 110 miles to Dingle town. Spring fares to Dublin are about $750 round trip, including taxes. To Shannon, expect to pay about $70 more.
WHEN TO GO: On the Dingle Peninsula, the tourist season goes from mid-March to late October, with peak season running June through August. In the offseason, many establishments close down or reduce hours.
WHERE TO STAY: We enjoyed the Milestone House B&B (011-353-66-915-1831, http:/
WHERE TO EAT: At Out of the Blue, a seafood restaurant on the waterfront, the creamy chowder is almost a meal in itself. The James G. Ashe's Bar is a refined pub on Main Street where the Guinness-and-beef stew is the genuine article. Entrees at both eateries run $25 to $35, but if you want to save money, order hefty appetizers, which cost $10 to $15.
WHAT TO DO: Dingle -- Aun Daingaen in Gaelic on road signs -- is a colorful port village teeming with history, culture and pubs. Three taverns of note are Foxy John's, a combo drinking/hardware/bike rental establishment; Dick Mack's, whose front-door sign reads, "Where's Dick Mack's? Opposite the church. Where's the church? Opposite Dick Mack's"; and the Small Bridge, known for live traditional Irish music.
Maritime attractions include the Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium (011-353-66-91-52111, http:/