A couple of weeks back we were sitting around talking after dinner when we realized two things. First, it was now staying light outside well past eight o’clock and secondly, we hadn’t been on a local trip since we spent the weekend at Dromoland Castle in County Clare in January. At first we talked about going to Galway, but with the idea for a long weekend being somewhat last minute, hotel prices in that iconic Irish city were astronomical (one place that has very mixed reviews on TripAdvisor was charging €300/night!) so we decided to look elsewhere. On a whim I threw out Dingle – a beautiful seaside town in County Kerry that is best known for its rich musical history and traditions, beautiful beaches, and stunning vistas – and from there things just fell into place.
When I checked hotel and b&b prices and saw (1) a number of places still had availability and (2) they weren’t charging an arm and a leg for the pleasure of your company, I knew if nothing else we were going to have an opportunity to explore a part of Ireland we’d never seen before. The majority of Dingle’s lodgings are bed and breakfasts and visitors have a range of options, ranging from luxury to bare bones so there’s really something for everyone. After doing more research, I narrowed our choices down to three options, all of which were within walking distance of the center of town. After looking at photos and reviews of those three, we chose to stay at Milltown House, across the harbor from Dingle. Why Milltown House? It’s really quite simple: they have an Irish wolfhound named Seamus who is as much a part of the place as their morning breakfast or the home’s history with the movie Ryan’s Daughter. It also didn’t hurt that our two night stay cost only €209 with breakfast!