As the capital of a renowned music county, Ennis (Inis) is filled with pubs featuring trad music. In fact, this is the best reason to stay here. Where’s best changes often; stroll the streets pub-hopping to find what’s on any given night.
It’s 186km to Dingle if you go via Limerick city, but only 142km if you go via the N68 to Killimer for the ferry across the Shannon estuary to Tarbert.
The views get fabulous when you’re beyond Tralee on the N86, especially if you take the 456m Connor Pass, Ireland’s highest.