Surely not named for its size, Inch Beach on Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula is a delightful respite while traveling west to the historic town of Dingle. You’ll know it’s worth the stop by the number of locals who frequent Inch Beach, which translates to Ínse in Irish Gaelic, meaning Sea Meadow.
The seaside getaway, located about 20 kilometers east of Dingle, juts its sandy dunes south from the mainland into Dingle Bay. The miles of sandy beach offer spectacular views of the McGillycuddy Reeks mountain range and the Slieve Mish Mountains.
The beach is quite large, so much so, it doubles as a parking lot. However, the sand can be soft and vehicles—such as our rented Nissan Micra—can get stuck. Not to worry, though, as some local lads quickly gathered and pushed us along. There is street and surface parking, but on this particular warm April day, there was little choice but to park in the sand.
What makes the setting even more inviting is Sammy’s Café and Restaurant, a beachfront eatery with a fabulous menu and full bar. Try the open-faced tomato and pesto toast. Sit inside and gaze at the sand and sea through tall windows, or grab a spot on one of the many picnic tables arranged atop a brick patio. Breathe in the salty, sea air as you quaff a fresh Guinness.
You’ll find Inch Beach is ideal for people watching, from couples to families to tourists. This is also a popular surfing spot, so if you feel adventurous, don a wetsuit and take some lessons from the on-site surf schools.
After enjoying all that the beach has to offer and capturing the beauty in your mind and with your camera, head over to the town of Dingle for a lively visit among some of the country’s most affable hosts.
Guest Author: Kevin Fritz
I have an innate ambition to experience the world first-hand. In the past couple of years, I traveled to Saudi Arabia for research, and spent Christmastime with my wife, Christi, in Brussels and Paris, and Easter in Dublin. We have explored Bolivia, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Belgium, France, Poland, Costa Rica, the Virgin Islands, Canada and the U.S. A journalist for 40 years, I authored the novel Crossover, and received my BS in Journalism from Ohio University. Check out Kevin’s portfolio.