Dingle, probably the greatest destination in the world

 It’s a bold statement I know, but really, it might just be true.
the dingle way walking route at slea head dingle peninsula ireland
I was drawn to the Dingle Peninsula about 15 years ago when looking for somewhere to go hiking in Ireland. The Lonely planet described the Dingle Way 8 day hiking trail as the best 8 days hiking in Ireland. That, was good enough for me. Unusually, it actually lived to the hype…and then some. 

I first visited in February, a crystal clear cold week of blue skies and rare calm weather for that time of year. I took a 6 hour bus journey from Dublin to Dingle town and then from Dingle town to Dunquin the following day and took a hike along the wild Atlantic way looking out at the Great Blasket Islands. My mind was blown, I had travelled more of the world than I had of Ireland at that point in my life and to stand there looking out over the Blasket Islands and realise this was some of the best scenery in the world, was truly a revelation. 

Dingle Peninsula from Blennerville canal in winter Kerry Ireland
a bundle of tin whistles and recorders dingle peninsula ireland

unique landscape and culture

So much so that I moved there from Dublin and ended up living in Kerry for 4 years, hiking, canoeing and kayaking her mountains and rivers and exploring it’s unique landscape and culture. This is Ireland. Whilst Dublin has a lot to offer, the East coast has become quite European and modern, but the West retains old Ireland, the quiet pubs, narrow roads, green fields of sheep and cattle and the stories and music that nurture the hardiest of city souls. 

four gas cylinders against a concrete wall and brown back door dingle peninsula Ireland

The word is out though and Dingle's popularity soars with every passing year. The Irish love a good secret but can’t seem to hold onto it for very long. You see, there’s the pubs , over 30 of them full of charm and character every last one of them, the restaurants to cater for every taste from cheap and cheerful to the tasty and expensive, the people, speaking as Gaeilge, the land, nature and mischief  flowing through their veins, the scenery of mountains and oceans, harbours, sunsets and sunrises and deep rich green fields like you’ve never seen. 


seal swimming in sun dappled rocky sea water dingle peninsula ireland

Golden beaches , over 10km long, ,Surfing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Mountaineering, Rock climbing, swimming, whale watching, dolphins, basking sharks, birds and beauty all wrapped up in the Dingle Peninsula. With over 25 festivals throughout the year. The arts, culture, community and a little bit of magic make Dingle one of the greatest destinations in the world.

seal swimming in sun dappled rocky sea water dingle peninsula ireland

On a Vagabond or Driftwood Tour you get to spend 2 nights in Dingle to soak up a little bit of the Dingle magic with options to go Horse riding on Ventry’s golden beach or take a Sea Kayaking Trip in Dingle Harbour and hang out with Fungi, Dingles very own resident bottlenose Dolphin. There is a great food and music a plenty in the evening time so you can pull up a bar stool and spend some quality time just mingling with the locals.  

thank the gods for the magical Dingle Peninsula

So, climb Mount Brandon, surf Brandon Bay, say hello to Funghi the resident Dolphin, eat the chowder, dance in the pubs, enjoy the music at the Courthouse, have a pint in Foxy Johns, enjoy a Murphys Ice Cream, buy a book in the village book shop, walk out to the headland, go horse riding on Ventry strand, take a boat to the Blaskets, make pottery at Mulcahys, have a drink by the Pier at TPs’, pop in to Gallurus oratory and out to Kilmakader Church and thank the gods for the magical Dingle Peninsula. 

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Do come and stay!
We are very happy to help guide you to your idyllic holiday or short break on the Dingle Peninsula. Dingle Peninsula Tourism Alliance, a marketing co-operative owned and managed by its members across the peninsula, have produced this website to provide you, our visitors with the most up to date information you need to plan and enjoy your visit.

If you cannot find the information you need, or have a question you would like answered, please feel free to contact us.

Comhaontas Turasóireachta Chorca Dhuibhne
Aonad 4, Páirc Gnó na Coille, Daingean Uí Chúis, Contae Chiarraí, Éire

Dingle Peninsula Tourism Alliance
Office 4, The Wood Business Park, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland