In the south west corner of the Ring of Kerry on the Iveragh peninsula, Derrynane sparkles. We visited with the superlatives in mind, but it's hard to match words to the beauty of this place. Follow the road down toward Derrynane House from the N70, unassuming tree-lined curves, to a (free!) car park. Discover the (free!) gardens, and watch the kids delight in the giant leaves, woodland paths and unusual blooms. Walk out of the gardens to pass through the grounds of the house, across meadowland that rises over a tussocked hill and savour the moment you catch sight of the beach. There is fine golden sand perfect for sandcastles, there are rockpools perfect for sampling saltwater wildlife, there are rocks to explore and hide among, there is an invitation to paddle in the clear turquoise water. When energy is depleted, amble back to the car past the reed-filled marsh that the birds love so much and sigh as you realise the perfect day has come to an end.
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