Dingle Peninsula stretches 30 miles (48 km) into the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland's south-west coast. It is one of Ireland’s most beloved destinations for foreign tourists and Irish vacationers alike.
1. The Beaches
How do you like yours? Smooth & sandy or wild & rocky shores, Dingle has a wide variety of stunning beaches. There are so many beaches to choose from; Inch Beach, Coumeenole Beach, Ventry, Cappaclough Strands, Murreach Strand… the list goes on. Discover your favourite beach ideal for swimming, surfing, strolling or exploring.
2. The colourful town of Dingle
Towns and villages in the west of Ireland love to experiment with colour. Some places that come to mind; Eyeries village in west Cork or the seaside towns of Cobh and Kinsale. Dingle is no exception; take a stroll through the town and find all the colours of the rainbow. On route why not stop for some ice-cream in Murphy’s shop, painted a wonderful sky blue.
3. The Narrow & Winding Roads
Road trip anyone? Narrow, winding and bendy roads, a road trip you’ll remember for all the right reasons. Traveling from place to place sometimes on single lane roads and along part of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way will leave you with a sense of adventure and fulfilment - an incredible driving experience.
4. The Blasket Islands
The Blasket Islands are a group of islands which lie approximately 6km beyond the tip of Dingle Peninsula. They were inhabited until 1953 by a completely Irish-speaking population. Explore this historic island on foot along its steep grassy paths and hilly tracks. Visitors can travel by ferry over to this remote and wildly beautiful place.
5. The History
The Dingle Peninsula - supported various tribes and populations for almost 6,000 years. Because of the peninsula's remote location, and lack of specialised agriculture, there is a remarkable preservation of over 2,000 monuments.
6. The Festivals
There is a festival for everyone in Dingle - Dingle Walking Festival, Féile na Bealtaine Arts Festival, Dingle Trad Festival, Dingle Peninsula Food Festival… There’s even a festival called Féile an Phráta - An Spud (the Potato Festival) which celebrates the importance of the humble potato or 'spud' in the diet and lives of the people of Íarthar Dhuibhne (West Kerry).
7. The Scenery
Stunning views - need I say more..
8. The Activities
Try a spot of surfing or horse-riding with the kids. Take in the scenic summit of Mount Brandon and the spectacular Sás Creek. If you’re not feeling energetic grab an ice-cream and go for a walk along a sandy beach bare foot.
9. The Sunset
Watch the warmth of the sun disappear below the horizon - in one of Ireland’s most beloved destinations.
10. The Stayover
Choose from a wide selection of self-catering holiday homes within a few minutes stroll of Dingle town centre.
Dingle Courtyard Cottages
, a delightful, quiet courtyard setting, with distant views of Dingle bay, yet just a short walk from the heart of town.
An Caladh Spainneach
, a restored 3 storey house enjoys a truly fabulous location right on the quayside overlooking the vibrant coloured fishing boats and yachts of Dingle Harbour.
Dingle Harbour Cottages
, are on an elevated site overlooking the natural harbour and marina within minutes of the town centre.
Lispole Holiday Cottage
, located on the Dingle Peninsula, 7km east from the vibrant village of Dingle.
Dingle a world-renowned music and arts scene, a rich history, over 50 pubs and perennial favourites like Fungie the dolphin, the town of Dingle is a great base no matter what the season.
So there you go 10 reasons why we at Trident think you should take a road trip around the Dingle Peninsula.