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Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry
Dingle Peninsula
The coast is the star of this show. You’ll find it’s where the promontory meets Trip at a Glance
the ocean – at whitewater-pounded rocks, secluded coves and wide, gold-sand
beaches – that Dingle’s beauty is at its most unforgettable

1 Killarney 2 Inch 3 Dingle Town 4 Slea Head Duration
Gateway to the Ring Cinematic Quaint village Beehive huts,
of Kerry, a highlight surroundings, surf sprinkled with forts, inscribed 3–4 Days
of many a visit to and Stone Age studios, galleries and stones and church
185km/115 miles
Ireland. settlements. wonderful music- sites

filled pubs

5 Dunquin
Hub for the Blasket Islands

Best Time to Go
6 Ballyferriter
Tiny Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) Jun–Aug

For the warmer

7 Gallarus Castle & Gallarus Dingle town has
Oratory races and a regatta
Two exceptional centuries- in August

old edifices

8 Cloghane Essential Photo
Quiet village at the foot of 12
Mt Brandon. 9 11 Connor Pass
Castlegregory 8 10
9 Snap a perfect
The peninsula’s water- 6 7
peninsula panorama
sports playground. 5 3 from the Connor
4 Pass summit

10 Glanteenassig Forest
Recreation Area 1
Oasis of woodlands, Best for Culture
mountains and lakes

11 Blennerville Slea Head
The region’s largest working
Slea Head’s
19th-century flour windmill. astonishing
concentration of
12 Tralee ancient sites

Busy market town and home
to the annual International
Rose of Tralee Festival

1 Killarney
The lively tourist town of Killarney
is an ideal place to kick off your
trip. You’ll find a plethora of places
to eat, drink and, when you need a
break, sleep. If you have time, the
10,236-hectare Killarney National
Park, immediately to its south, and
the Gap of Dunloe, with its rocky
terrain, babbling brooks and alpine
lakes, are well worth exploring

Trip Highlight
2 Inch
Inch’s 5km-long sand spit was a
location for both Ryan’s Daughter
and Playboy of the Western World

Sarah Miles, love interest in the
former film, described her stay
here as ‘brief but bonny’. The
dunes are certainly bonny,
scattered with the remains of
shipwrecks and Stone and Iron Age
settlements. The west-facing beach
is also a hot surfing spot; waves
average 1m to 3m

Trip Highlight
3 Dingle Town
Framed by its fishing port, the
peninsula’s charming little ‘capital’
is quaint without even trying

Dingle is one of Ireland’s largest
Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) towns
(although locals have voted to
retain the name Dingle rather than
go by the officially sanctioned –
Muckross House and Gardens, Killarney National Park and dictated – An Daingean). This
is one of those towns whose very
The Scenic Route: Connor Pass
At 456m the Connor Pass is Ireland’s highest mountain
pass. On a foggy day you’ll see nothing but the road just
in front of you, but in fine weather it offers phenomenal
views of Dingle Harbour to the south and Mt Brandon
to the north. The road is in good shape, despite being
very narrow and very steep. The summit car park yields
views down to two lakes in the rock-strewn valley below,
plus the remains of walls and huts where people once
lived incredibly hard lives. When visibility is good, the
10-minute climb to the summit is well worthwhile for the
kind of vistas that inspire mountain climbers

Dingle Town, County Kerry
fabric is its attraction. Wander the The Celtic & Prehistoric Museum, ket Centre (Ionad an Bhlascaoid
higgledy-piggledy streets and shop 3km west of the village of Ventry Mhóir), a wonderful interpretive
for handcrafted jewellery, arts, (Ceann Trá), squeezes in an centre with a wall-to-ceiling window
crafts and artisan food. Don’t leave incredible collection of Celtic and overlooking the islands. If you want
Dingle without catching traditional prehistoric artefacts. About 4km to sail out to them, Blasket Islands
live music at pubs such as An further west, the Iron Age Dunbeg Eco Marine Tours (www.mari-
Droichead Beag (Small Bridge Pub) Fort is a dramatic example of a netours.ie) departs from Ventry
and dining on standout seafood at promontory fortification, perched Harbour

its restaurants. atop a sheer sea cliff. Inside the
fort’s outer stone walls are the 6 Ballyferriter
Trip Highlight remains of a house and a beehive
Housed in the 19th-century
hut, as well as an underground
4 Slea Head schoolhouse in the tiny village

Overlooking the mouth of Dingle of Ballyferriter (Baile an
Bay, Mt Eagle and the Blasket Fheirtearaigh), the Músaem
Islands, Slea Head has fine 5 Dunquin Chorca Dhuibhne (Dingle Peninsula
beaches and superbly preserved The Blasket Islands lie 5km out into Museum) has displays on the
structures from Dingle’s ancient the Atlantic from the diminutive peninsula’s archaeology and
past, including beehive huts, forts, village of Dunquin (Dún Chaoin). ecology. Across the street there’s a
inscribed stones and church sites. Its standout attraction is the Blas- lonely, lichen-covered church

The remains of the 5th- or 6th- many, the main goal is scaling you’ll have to pay a call-out fee to
century Riasc Monastic Settlement 951m-high Mt Brandon, Ireland’s have the gates unlocked

are an impressive, haunting sight, eighth-highest peak. If that sounds
particularly the pillar with beautiful too energetic, there are also plenty 11 Blennerville
Celtic designs. Excavations have of coastal strolls. The 5km drive
Blennerville used to be Tralee’s
also revealed the foundations of from Cloghane out to Brandon
chief port, though the harbour
an oratory first built with wood and Point follows ever-narrower single-
has long since silted in. A 19th-
later stone, a kiln for drying corn track roads wandered by sheep,
century flour windmill here has
and a cemetery. culminating in cliffs with fantastic
been restored and is the largest
views north and east

Trip Highlight working mill in Ireland and Britain

Its modern visitor centre houses
Gallarus Castle & 9 Castlegregory an exhibition on grain milling, and
Gallarus Oratory A highlight of the quiet village of on the thousands of emigrants
None of its battlements remain but Castlegregory (Caislean an Ghriare) who boarded ‘coffin ships’ from
you can now access the superbly is the vista back to the often snowy what was then Kerry’s largest
restored interior of Gallarus Castle, hills to the south. However, things embarkation point. Admission
built by the FitzGeralds around the change when you drive up the includes a 30-minute guided
15th century. A few hundred metres sandstrewn road along the Rough windmill tour

to the southeast, the dry-stone Point peninsula, the broad spit
Gallarus Oratory is quite a sight, of land between Tralee Bay and
Brandon Bay. Great underwater
12 Tralee
standing in its lonely spot beneath
visibility makes this one of Ireland’s Elegant Denny St and Day Pl,
the brown hills as it has done for
best diving areas, where you can lined with 18th-century buildings,
some 1200 years. It has withstood
glimpse pilot whales, orcas, sunfish are the oldest parts of Kerry’s
the elements perfectly, apart from
and dolphins. down-to-earth county town

a slight sagging in the roof. Shaped
South of the Mall, the Square is
like an upturned boat, it has a
an open contemporary space. An
doorway on the western side and Trip Highlight
absolute treat is the Kerry County
a round-headed window on the
10 Glanteenassig Forest Museum, which presents excellent
east. Inside the doorway are two
projecting stones with holes that
Recreation Area interpretive displays on Irish
Encompassing 450 hectares of historical events and trends. Nearby
once supported the door

woodland, mountain, lake and bog, on Princes St, Tralee’s farmers
Glanteenassig Forest Recreation market takes place on Saturdays

8 Cloghane Don’t miss a wildlife-spotting cruise
Area is a magical, little-visited
Cloghane (An Clochán) is another at the recently opened Tralee Bay
treasure. There are two lakes; you
little piece of peninsula beauty. Wetlands Centre

can drive right up to the higher
The village’s friendly pubs nestle
lake, which is encircled by a plank
between Mt Brandon and Brandon
boardwalk, though it’s too narrow
Bay, with views across the water
for wheelchairs or prams. Make
to the Stradbally Mountains. For
sure you’re out before closing, or
Link Your Trip:
Ring of Kerry
Ireland’s most famous driving loop
circumnavigates the Iveragh Peninsula
and combines jaw-dropping cliffs and
crashing seas with soaring mountains

You can drive the Ring of Kerry in a
day, but the longer you spend, the
more you’ll enjoy it. From Killarney,
head west to Killorglin and make the
loop before embarking on your drive
around Dingle

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in dingle?

Dingle. What to do in Dingle, you ask? Well, there are lots to do in the small town of Dingle. First, you can walk around the town and get a feel for it. It is a very welcoming coastal town with lovely people. Houses there are quite interesting as they are all different colours. Then you can have lunch at one of the pubs of the (small) town centre.

Where in ireland is dingle located?

The Dingle Peninsula or Corca Dhuibhne, stretches 30 miles (48 kilometres) into the Atlantic Ocean on the south-west coast on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The peninsula is dominated by the range of mountains that form its spine, running from the Slieve Mish range to the Conor Pass and Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest peak.

How far is dingle peninsula from killarney?

The distance between Killarney and Dingle is 53 km. The road distance is 64.7 km. How do I travel from Killarney to Dingle without a car? The best way to get from Killarney to Dingle without a car is to train and bus which takes 2h 37m and costs 15€ - 22€. How long does it take to get from Killarney to Dingle?

How did they find fungie in dingle in ireland?

when Fungie was first seen in Dingle Harbour In 1984, Paddy Ferriter, the Dingle Harbour lighthouse keeper, first began watching a lone wild dolphin escort the town's fishing boats to and from port. By August of that year, local Ministry of Marine manager Kevin Flannery was able to officially record the dolphin as a "permanent" resident of the entrance channel and self-appointed "pilot" of the fleet.