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Iveragh Peninsula: Killarney National Park The largest of the southwest's five fingers,the Iveragh Peninsula has everything a walker could wish for: jagged mountains, rolling hills, picturesque villages and stunning coastal views. One of the biggest draws here is the Macgillycuddy's Reeks mountain range,which spikes stunningly up through the peninsula's centre and stretches from the breathtaking Gap of Dunloe to the spectacular isolated hamlet of Glencar. Hiking the full range is a 10-12-hour commitment,but if you're up to the challenge, you'll thank yourself. On the easier end of the scale, Killarney National Park is filled with manageable trails punctuated by picture-perfect pitstops – like Ladies View, so loved by Queen Victoria's ladies in waiting that it was named for them; or Muckross House, the 19th-century mansion surrounded by traditional farm,craft shop and sprawling gardens. Dingle Peninsula: The Kerry Camino When it comes to a place like County Kerry, there's simply no better way to get to grips with the wild beauty around you than by stepping right into it. A smaller branch of the much longer DingleWay, the Kerry Camino is plotted out perfectly to entice you across three legs –Tralee to Camp; Camp to Annascaul and Annascaul to Dingle – so that, pilgrim or not, the beauty you'll see will guarantee a spiritual experience. For those who love a good story as much as a good stretch of the legs, this trip is the ideal option. As you walk Kerry's rugged coastline you'll trace the footsteps of St Brendan. After setting out on this same path in the 6th century on a mission to spread Christianity,he soon left Ireland far behind. Gazing out over the windswept sands of sprawling Inch Beach,it's impossible to imagine how he ever left. Iveragh Peninsula Dingle Peninsula Killarney National Park 58 Be Our Guest