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Din­gle

What could be more ro­man­tic than blus­tery weather, a bag of hot chips for two, and a quiet bay? If you don’t mind tog­ging up, Din­gle in west Kerry makes a per­fect lovers’ re­treat. Take Castle­wood House – an unas­sum­ing B&B where most of the rooms over­look the sparkling Din­gle Bay (keep an eye out for Fungie the lo­cal dol­phin) and all bath­rooms come with jacuzzi baths. Own­ers He­len and Brian are the pam­per­ing sort: home­made cake or trufes ev­ery afer­noon, blan­kets avail­able for trips out, and Brian’s 10/10 break­fasts – try whiskey-laced por­ridge or grilled baby brill landed right out­side. Din­gle be­gins at its har­bour and zigzags through prety streets that are home to seafood cafs and pubs with good, lo­cal dishes. So rich is Din­gle’s food scene that it’s home to an an­nual food fes­ti­val in Oc­to­ber (din­gle­food.com). Chow­der keeps the town go­ing – the best bowl, £8.50, is at Out of the Blue (open from the frst week­end in March, out­ofhe­blue.ie) – along with Din­gle Orig­i­nal Gin (din­gledis­tillery.ie), in­fused with fuch­sia and bog myr­tle. En­joy a pic­nic from The Lit­tle Cheese Shop (the­litlecheese­shop.ie), where sharp, min­eral seaweed cheese is the spe­cialty (€27/kg); and choose Murphy’s home­made Din­gle sea-salt ice cream for pud­ding (€3.50 per scoop, mur­physice­cream.ie). A stout or Din­gle G&T at util­i­tar­ian pub Foxy John’s (half bar, half hard­ware store) and a tra­di­tional sing-song at John Benny’s op­po­site the pier are not to be missed (john­ben­nyspub.com).

Re­turn flights from Lu­ton or Stansted cost from £57 (ryanair.com). Car hire costs from €45 for three days (europ­car.ie). Dou­ble rooms at Castle­wood House (castle­wood­din­gle.com) cost from £90, B&B. More info: gok­erry.ie

Slea Head, Din­gle Castle­wood House, ju­nior suite

Out of the Blue

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