Stretching 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean is an area dominated by mountain ranges, sea-cliffs, sandy beaches and rich traditions.
Once deemed “the most beautiful place on earth” by the National Geographic, the Dingle Peninsula is renowned for boasting both stunning sights and unexpected experiences, making it pretty difficult to know where to begin when visiting the area.
Read on for our visitor’s guide to the Dingle Peninsula:
Experience the famed Slea Head Drive
Take in the stunning views of the western end of the Dingle Peninsula on the famed Slea Head Drive.
Forming part of the Wild Atlantic Way, the circular route is enjoyed by both motorists and cyclists alike.
Discover lush green hills, craggy islands and stunning stretches of shoreline. The circular route begins and ends in the town of Dingle and is labelled by road signs throughout making it easily navigated and an experience not to be missed!
Take on the twisting roads of The Conor Pass
Known as one of the highest mountain passes in Ireland, the Conor Pass provides some of the most awe inspiring scenery in and around the Dingle Peninsula.
Explore the narrow, twisting roads between Dingle town and Kilmore Cross with breath taking views along the route. When you approach the summit, sights as far as the Aran Islands are visible.
visit the blanket islands
Located in the most westerly part of Ireland, the Blanket Islands are just 5km offshore and boast a fascinating history. They can be accessed via a ferry ride from Dingle’s marina.
The Great Blasket is the largest and most visited island. Visitors and locals alike come from far and wide to explore the abandoned settlements, catch sight of seabirds and walk along the stunning white-sand beach of Trá Bán.
Once inhabited, the Great Blasket has been home to some of Ireland’s most well-known writers and easily earns it’s place into the visitor’s guide to the Dingle Peninsula.
stroll along Inch Beach
With golden sand and charming dunes, Dingle’s Inch Beach is one of the most alluring beaches on the island of Ireland.
The beach stretches for a few miles and is an ideal spot to soak up the (rare) warmer weather in the summer months.
Whether you want to swim, surf or just relax with a picnic – put Inch Beach on your ‘must experience’ list for your Dingle trip.
go on a hike up mt. brandon
As one of the most impressive hiking routes along the Wild Atlantic Way, a hike up Mt. Brandon is one of the best ways to absorb the extraordinary landscapes Ireland has to offer.
Though Mt. Brandon is one of the highest peaks in the area, it’s not necessary to be in excellent physical shape to make your way up.
The panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean against the viridescent countryside make the walk to the top completely worth it.
INDULGE IN SOME FRESH IRISH SEAFOOD
Dingle is home to some of the freshest seafood on the Emerald Isle; from rustic restaurants dedicated to providing fresh local seafood with lobster or chargrilled seabass a highlight on many menus to the famed fish and chip shops of the village.
Try out ‘Out of the Blue’ for a stunning culinary experience or queue along the street to get a hold of the fresh fish and chips from ‘Reel Dingle Fish’
Delve into a Traditional irish Pub experience
Though small, Dingle has plenty of entertaining pubs to choose from. Not in the mood for a drink? Pop in anyway and experience some traditional Irish music as well as impeccable Irish hospitality.
Foxy John’s, Curran’s Pub and Dick Mack’s are some of the best pubs to visit for a perfect ending to your day in the Dingle Peninsula.
Spot some dolphins or whales
It would be difficult to put together a visitor’s guide to the Dingle Peninsula without mentioning the beautiful mammals who sometimes inhabit the area.
With clear water and local fauna prevalent in Dingle, it’s easy to see why both dolphins and whales sometimes decide to reside there. In fact, Dingle’s mascot is a bottlenose dolphin named Fungi who is frequently spotted swimming offshore.
Plenty of tours will take you to spot the magnificent creatures or, if you’re feeling confident, take it upon yourself and rent a sailboat.
We hope you enjoyed our visitor’s guide to the Dingle Peninsula!
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