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Treat your loved one to a weekend in nome, Barcelona, Jersey and more without breaking the bank
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