Tralee is an easy self-drive day trip from Dingle Town in the West of Ireland. We spent four days on a road trip from Dublin to Dingle over the Paddy's Day weekend this year. A long weekend in Dingle allows plenty of time for the road trip to Tralee. How long is the drive from Dingle to Tralee? About an hour from point to point with no stops making it an ideal day trip distance. Read on to find out more about the sights and scenery between Dingle and Tralee in North County Kerry.
Dingle to Tralee: Fogged in Over Conor Pass
There are two roads into Dingle Town, the N86 and Conor Pass. We were warned not to tackle the Conor Pass on our way into Dingle after driving for nearly five hours from Dublin (granted, there were a few pit stops on the way...) However, Conor Pass is known as one of the most scenic drives in Ireland so we used our day trip from Dingle to Tralee as an excuse to check it out.
The weather was beautiful at sea level when we set out from Dingle Town after breakfast. I did notice a cloud layer looming near the peak of the surrounding mountains but thought nothing of it until we continued to climb the narrow winding road and soon found ourselves surrounded by fog on Conor Pass. The drive was harrowing for about 5-10 minutes since I really couldn't see more than a few feet in front of me. We emerged briefly from the fog near the peak and looked down into the valley. We couldn't see much but the lingering fog added a peaceful atmosphere to the place that we appreciated.
Beachcombing near Castlegregory En Route to Tralee
Spot a Rose or Two in Tralee
We spent some time walking around the park that hosts a list of winners and a statue of a dashing young man delivering a rose to a lovely and fair young lady.
Relive Life in Medieval Times at the County Kerry Museum
Tralee Bay Wetlands
Just outside of town, the Tralee Bay Wetlands offers a unique habitat for birding. The price of admission includes a short boat tour and afterwards guests can walk around and enjoy the hides dotting the property. We even spotted a few stonechats (they are super popular among birders). The reserve also looks after various injured birds. We got to see a Eurasian crane and whooper swan.
The South Pole Inn
The West of Ireland is all about scenery. We wound our way down and away from the hills toward water's edge and stopped again to stretch our legs at Inch Beach. I was so impressed by both the moody colors and textures on the beach. I think we would have had an entirely different experience and mood if the sun had been shining that day. The muted earth tones just felt right.
Map of the Dingle to Tralee Drive
There is so much to see and do on the Dingle Peninsula and a day trip between Dingle Town and Tralee makes for an ideal drive. There was lots to see but the road trip was still manageable in the limited early Spring daylight hours that we had. Click on the image of the map below to open up an interactive version in Google Maps to explore the route and things to do between Dingle and Tralee in detail.