Dingle Travel Guide

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    The oldest church in Ireland
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Dingle Highlights

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     Everything from A to Z. 

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     crowded in july and august! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Quaint town, great craftsmen, totally beautiful! 

Dingle Things to Do

  • Dingle Peninsula

    While I do not think it is as dangerous as some of the other reviews, you DO have to watch out for sheep in the road (right around that next corner!) so drive slowly and you should be fine. Got a pic of the map before starting out----also had a very nice lunch in Dingle proper at a local pub.

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  • The Dolphin Fungi

    Sure it's touristy -- but then, you ARE a tourist, aren't you? Come on, you know you want to. Climb aboard a EUR 12 boat tour, enjoy the harbor views and wait for Fungi. Don't worry, he's almost certain to be along... in fact, most tours give you your money back if you don't see him.

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  • Gallarus Oratory

    Pretty cool church considering it's age and the precision with which it was built. No mortar, cement, etc- just stones stacked so precisely and perfectly that it is completely bone dry inside. However, that is not surprising as all over Ireland you will see stone stacked in every which way but always with precision. I read somewhere that in order...

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  • Beehive Huts

    We were in search for the famous Beehive huts and came across this one. It is a short walk UPHILL to one single hut. It was kinda neat because you can learn all about how they were made and why but I was a little disappointed because I was in search of the famous huts that we see in all the pictures. The beehive huts, or Clocháns were pretty...

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  • City

    Dingle Town itself is a wonderful thing to do. Endless discoveries of shops, pubs, cafes, restaurants, waterfront, back streets, book stores, and record shops of endless Irish traditional music. And of course a couple of nights spent in Dingle Town, pub hopping is a #1 must on anybody's list. No matter what your age. I recommend at least a two...

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  • Connor pass

    Connor Pass is a steep pass-road through the mountains north of Dingle town. This road is restricted to vehicles with less than 2,8 tons, but local people and some tourists go there anyway with cars being much more heavy . The road over Connor-pass is really very narrow at many places, it has only a few small passing-places and some overhanging...

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Dingle Restaurants

  • The Half Door

    I stumbled across this restaurant and what a delight. The restaurant is very expensive, but l have to say well worth the price. Not only for the food but the presentation and the staff who were very attentive. The restaurant specialises in seafood. For starters l had steamed cromane mussels with garlic and wine sauce and shared the smoked salmon...

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  • Lord Bakers

    Great atmoshphere, nice fire going, comfortable seating, and great food. I had my first "black pudding" here. A nice place to treat yourself after a long day of touring. Even though it was February and off season, there was a small wait. If you can a reservation it might be a good idea. Seafood.

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  • Freshest and Cheapest Fish and Chips

    this was the best fish and chips I had on my trip around Ireland. if you've been to dingle you already know how expensive the food is in the restuarants, fish and chips alone can run over 20 euro. This place however serves huge fresh caught portions of fish and a vast clump of chips for 10 euro. the ray was outstandinig.... don't miss this one.

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Dingle Nightlife

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  • An Droisead Beag

    This place is definately one of my favorite pubs in Europe. It had a fantastic atmosphere, the music was great, and the people were friendly. I would recommend getting their early, as the bar can get very crowded. We ended up sitting close to the stage, and everyone in the bar was singing and dancing fairly soon after the music started. If you are...

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  • Murphy's Bar

    Of the three pubs we visited during our stay there, Murphys was probably the classiest. A solid meal with woods and red velvet. It was the start of night 2 and then off with the rest of the crowd to Dick Mack's and then the Little Bridge. Just follow the muscians and you stay in the midst of the craic all the night. Everyone seemed pretty casually...

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  • Foxy John's

    This is sooooooo lovely. The left side of the shop is a pub and the right side of the pub is a hardware shop! I loved this place. What I hated though was tourists who come in with their camera, film or take pictures, and go out again. Please don't do this. It's a pub - not a museum!!

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Dingle Transportation

  • Bus...

    I know there is daily bus service because I met someone who had just arrived from Killarny. Ireland isn't well known for an efficient bus system and she was upset about the delays encountered along her journey. She arrived at 9:00PM and the scheduled arrival in Dingle was supposed to have been at 6:30PM. So at least one bus a day from Killarney,...

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  • Driving / Walking

    Two roads to Dingle. From the north via Tralee and Conor Pass or from the east via Killarney, Inch Beach and the southern end of the Dingle Peninsula. Both are scenic and well worth the drive. We drove into Dingle by Conor Pass and then the eastern road to Killarney when we left Dingle. But I wish I had known about the southern route on my way to...

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  • There is Bus Service

    I know there is daily bus service because I met someone who had just arrived from Killarny. Ireland isn't well known for an efficient bus system and she was upset about the delays encountered along her journey. She arrived at 9:00PM and the scheduled arrival in Dingle was supposed to have been at 6:30PM. So at least one bus a day from Killarney,...

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Dingle Shopping

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  • Pottery

    The shop is packed with all kinds of items but the pottery is my interest. For what looks like a small building on the outside, ( with a beautiful seascape murial painted across the entire front of the shop) it has all the main Irish potteries in one end. I could have spent a whole day there. The potteries are displayed on old style dressers ( I...

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  • Crystal

    There are lots of Crystal shops in Ireland, but my favorites are Dingle and Kinsale Crystal. Co-incidentally they are each owned and operated by brothers. Trained in Waterford but frustrated by the commercialized for quick and easy sale patterns of modern Waterford, each brothe broke out to form his own company that specializes in deep cut,...

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  • Smallest Record Shop In Europe!!!

    The Dingle Record Shop is located opposite Saint Mary's Church, Green Street, in Dingle Town Centre. Here, you will find, probably one of the smallest Music shops in the world (Most Westerly Music Store in Europe), inviting you to step in and have a look around. Music is in abundance, and Traditional Irish takes centre stage. Traditional Irish...

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Dingle Local Customs

  • Language

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • Irish

    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...

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Dingle Warnings and Dangers

  • Danger Danger Danger........High Cliffs

    Be very very carefull when you are making the trip to the Blasket Islands.......Beware when you have just parked the car at Dunquin Pier. As you are heading anywhere near to the high grassy bit whislt making your way the the Booking of the boat hut.,,,,,,,,,PLEEEEEEEEEEZE watch yourself as there is a horrific drop over the small "Nice" grassy...

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  • Wimmin on the loose

    Given the lack of young ladies in these area, one is indeed in the rare position of being considered "fresh prey" at the local pubs ;)

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Dingle Tourist Traps

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    by kathycollins Written Sep 13, 2002

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    a cottage industry has arisen around trips to see a local legend, Fungie the dolphin. Boats go out daily to try to tempt this wild dolphin to intereact with the wetsuit clad tourists. The boat ride sounds okay to me (but I think I'd prefer a boat trip out to the Blaskets). The environmentally aware part of me cringes to think of the exploitation of a wild creature.

    Fun Alternatives: take a boat trip to any of the islands around Ireland - the Blaskets here on Dingle; Skellig on Ring of Kerry are local alternatives.

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Dingle Off The Beaten Path

  • Dingle Peninsula

    What a spot...a real "off the beaten path", great old castle, no fees, just enjoy. If you go to Inch Beach and you are on your way to Dingle Town, stop here for a moment. It's a great introduction to the mystery and beauty of the Dingle Peninsula. You can see the Ring of Kerry across the bay. Near by Anascaul is a great quaint village. Lovely....

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  • Beaches

    Take the Atlantic drive - it is a circular road starting at the west-end of Dingle - town and taking you to plenty of great sights along the way : 1) The Slea Drive B&B with the colorfull facade with plenty of bears 2) the beehive-huts and the Dunbeg Fort 3) the Blasket islands 4) various great beaches with fantastic waves & a great panorama. 5)...

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  • Conner Pass

    The Connor pass route from Tralee to Dingle town is scenic. It passes the lovely beaches around Castlegregory, climbs Mt Brandon, and sweeps down to Dingle harbor. Take a walk on the path beyond the car park for an outstanding view.

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Dingle Sports & Outdoors

  • Pitch & Putt

    Pitch and Putt is the small version of Golf so it's perfect for beginners (...like me! I had so much fun there ... and I turned out to be a real talent ;-) I really like how Golf is not treated as a posh sport in most parts of Ireland. Even little kids play it! And there's golf courses all over the shop... You can get clubs and balls there for a...

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  • Ballybunion

    This course is everything it is cracked up to be - unbelievable. The wind absolutely howls coming off the sea. The holes that run along the cliffs are so unpredictable, you have no idea what to hit. I actually had a 3 iron shot get caught in the wind and just about blow behind me. I would definately recommend avoiding the Championship course. The...

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  • Tralee

    Make sure you get a caddy, as walking up and down, up and down, can definately be a drain on your golf game. I've never been so tired after carrying my bag for 18 holes, but the course is wonderful. The backdrop of the sea on some holes is just unbelievable.

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  • Dingle Peninsula

    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...

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  • Fungie

    So when my friend saw all of these people taking pictures of the Fungi statue she was really confused. "Out of all the pretty things here, why is everyone wanting a picture of the damn dolphin?" were her exact words. Well, Fungi is kind of like the mascot of Dingle. He is a bottlenosed dolphin and has lived in the Dingle Harbor for fifteen years....

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  • Inch Strand

    Unless you're there in the July/August "heat wave", I wouldn't swim here without a wetsuit - this water is COLD! But a more picturesque beach you will never find! This is a lovely spot to stretch your legs. Strolling and breathing the clean fresh air is great!

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