Dingle (Irish: An Daingean or Daingean Uí Chúis, meaning “fort of Ó Cúis”) is a town in County Kerry, Ireland. The only town on the Dingle Peninsula, it sits on the Atlantic coast, about 50 kilometres southwest of Tralee and 71 kilometres northwest of Killarney. The principal industries in the town are tourism, fishing and agriculture. Dingle is situated in a Gaeltacht region. An adult Bottlenose dolphin named Fungie has been courting human contact in Dingle Bay since 1983.
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Introduction to Dingle, Co. Kerry
There are many opportunities to hear traditional Irish music in the town, particularly during the summer tourist season. Dingle has a number of pubs as well as restaurants and cafes and Artists and musicians from across the world eat and breathe this authentic culture. Real music at real music sessions, 363 days a year. Some of the best music can be heard at John Benny Moriarty’s, Flaherty’s, An Droichead Beag, The Mighty Session and the Courthouse Bar to name a few. Celebrate and immerse yourself at The Dingle Tradfest and Other Voices Festivals, which take place in September and December respectively.
There is also an aquarium, “Oceanworld Aquarium“, in the town, which is home to a number of tropical, foreign and native animals.
Dingle is home to Murphy’s Ice Cream, a cafe that serves ice cream and coffee. Murphy’s has homemade ice cream made from Kerry cattle.
Dingle Distillery was launched in Dingle in 2012.
Gallaunmore, a standing stone and National Monument, lies 3 km to the east and St. Manchan’s Oratory (An Teampall Geal), a medieval oratory with ogham stone and souterrain, lies on nearby Lateeve Hill.
Activities & Things To Do
A beautiful way to discover some of the best scenery in the world where the clear and clean Atlantic seas wash against a rugged coastline.
Guided cycles can be arranged with irishadventures.net
People have occupied the Dingle Peninsula for more than 6,000 years. Tribes warred and invaded, religions changes, humans worked with stone, bronze and Iron.
Sophisticated architecture that still stands aligns stone structures with solstices. The greatest concentration of archaeological sites in Ireland lies on the Dingle Peninsula and is nearly as compelling as the romantic landscape.
Galloping across a beach with nothing around but the sound of the waves or taking a mountain trek with stunning views, nothing beats the feeling of freedom on horseback.
Artists can be found all over the Dingle Peninsula offering various forms of both contemporary and traditional artistic expression. Pottery, jewellery, sweaters, milliners, designers and makers of fine leather goods, weavers and artworks – the choice is vast. Some of the best are Louis Mulcahy Pottery, Sinead Lough Pottery, Dingle Crystal, Holden Leathergoods, Dingle Artworks, Greenlane Gallery, Carol Cronin Gallery, Fiadh Woven Designs, Lisbeth Mulcahy, NU Goldsmith, Brian de Staic Jewellers, John Weldon Jewellers, Kathleen McAuliffe, to name a few.
Unique pieces – shopping heaven.
Original Kerry – Kerry Craft Trail located on Green Street in Dingle is a shop dedicated to all Kerry Crafts and well worth a visit.
Our Favorite Attractions
Learn more about some our favourite spots and things to do in Dingle and along the coast of Kerry. Go and explore this magical side of Ireland.
Experience the wonderfulness of the Dingle Peninsula from a different viewpoint.
Choose from a myriad of water activities such as kayaking, surfing, diving, stand up paddling, windsurfing, kitesurfing and diving … and much more.
#2 Skellig Islands
The magnificent Skellig Islands lie 8 miles (12 km) off the coast of Portmagee in South West Kerry. On the summit of this awe-inspiring rock you will find a remarkably well preserved sixth century monastic settlement which was also featured in scenes from the Star Wars film Episode VII “The Force Awakens”, in 2014. The Skelligs features prominently at the end of the movie where the audience is reintroduced to Star Wars’ original hero Luke Skywalker . Filming took place again in 2015 for the next instalment of the Star Wars franchise Episode VIII “The Last Jedi” which was released in December 2017.
On the spectacular Small Skelligs 23,000 pairs of gannet nest on every available ledge making it the second largest gannet colony in the world. A visit to this major tourist attraction may well be the highlight of your holiday. A must visit UNESCO world heritage site of Ireland.
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#3 Dingle Distillery
When the first spirit trickled from the stills here in November 2012 it represented a milestone in the history of distilling in Ireland, and now the unique Dingle Whiskey continually matures in the mild, moist climate of Ireland’s south-west coast while those first spirits are bottled into a magnificent single malt whiskey.
You can also enjoy the fruits of their labours in the form of Dingle Original Gin and Dingle Distillery Vodka.
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#4 Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way is a tourism trail on the west coast, and on parts of the north and south coasts, of Ireland. The 2,500 km driving route passes through nine counties and three provinces, stretching from County Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula in Ulster to Kinsale, County Cork, in Munster, on the Celtic Sea coast.
The Dingle Peninsula is part of the Wild Atlantic Way and is a paradise for walkers stretching nearly 50 kilometers into the Atlantic. A dramatic and varied landscape offering coastal walks, sandy beaches, mountains and lakes. There are many walks around the peninsula that suit all ages and abilities. Learn more here Wild Atlantic Way
Maps and trails are available from tourist information offices in Dingle or on irishtrails.ie
#5 Boat Trips
Enjoy the beautiful coastline and islands of the Dingle Peninsula from a short harbor cruise, blasket island eco tour,
a ferry trip to the great blasket islands, sea fishing or private boat hire. A trip to see Fungi the Dingle dolphin is also a must.
Ceann Sibéal Dingle Golf Links is the most westerly golf course in Europe and one of Ireland’s hidden secrets. A challenging links course but not overwhelming to play. This course is easy to book and excellent value for money.
Castlegregory Golf Course is a superb 9-hole golf links nestled in the backdrop of Mount Brandon. A testing challenge to some of the most experienced golfers.