Michael Coilean, Sciuird Archaeological Tours We had an awesome tour of the Dingle Penninsula through a company called the Scuid Aracheology Tours. Our guide was wonderful and very friendly. We were a rowdy bunch and he nicely gave in to our picture taking and cake stopping whims. We saw all of the wonderul panorama views, but also some of the lesser known archaeology sites. The tour was small, there were only ten of us, and it took about 3 hours. I definitely recommend it.
Dingle is one of the most peaceful places I have ever been to. I am getting more and more picky about where I travel to and have found lately that I prefer places with minimal people and less going on. (Although that doesn't explain my obession with Prague and Vienna.) It's a great place for walking, hiking, or just sitting on a bench and watching the water. If you're into art galleries, museums, clubs, opera, and couture shopping then it's probably NOT the place to visit. But if you're into scenic landscapes, friendly people, and tranquility then you should definitely add it to your Ireland itinerary.
Dingle is in the Gaeltacht area of Ireland, which means it is an Irish speaking area (Don't worry, they speak English aswell). Simple words like Conás ata Tú (Pronnounced con-as-a-ta-tu) which means How are you or Tá mé go maith (ta-may-gu-mo) which means im fine or im good. if you want to say Dingle don't call it An Danigean because the locals don't like that name call it Daingean-ú-Chuais.
Smirting & The Smoking Ban
Smirting is a combination of the words smoking + flirting, geddit? It started when people had to go out for a ciggie after the ban was enforced, and got chatting to fellow smokers outside on the street, eyes meeting across a cloud of blue nicotine... ;) So you may just meet a local hottie in this way!!
REMEMBER - Since March 2004, you CANNOT smoke inside bars, cafes or restaurants, or anywhere where people are working (e.g. taxis, offices etc.)
The legislation is officially known as the Public Health (Tobacco) Act, see link to it below for a summary.
You may smoke in outside in the street or in designated smoking areas, but never inside a place where people are working (includes offices, bars, restaurants, shops, shopping centres, taxis, etc)
Of the five peninsulas in...
Of the five peninsulas in Western Cork and Kerry counties, Dingle peninsula is the one I enjoyed the most. In good weather it's a cycler's paradise, with plenty of archeological sites and wonderful coastal landscapes.
See the travelogue for some of my favourite pictures!