Things to do

Our 10 Favourite Things on the Dingle Peninsula

The Dingle Peninsula

The Dingle Peninsula, situated on the western coast of Ireland, is a region renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture.

Visitors to this picturesque peninsula will find a plethora of activities and attractions to explore. Here is a comprehensive guide to the best things to do on the Dingle Peninsula.

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The Dingle Tasting Tour

Discover the highlights of the Dingle town on a guided tour led by local experts. Experience some of the best food and drink tastings the peninsula has to offer, while learning about the region’s history, culture, and folklore.

The tours depart from Dingle Town centre, with pick-up and drop-off available at select locations.

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Slea Head Drive

Embark on the iconic Slea Head Drive, a scenic coastal route that offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the rugged coastline. This circular drive takes you through quaint villages, ancient archaeological sites, and stunning vistas. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to stop at the Dunbeg Fort, a prehistoric cliff-edge fortification that provides insight into the region’s early history.

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The Blasket Islands

Discover the charm of Dingle Town, a vibrant fishing village with colorful buildings, lively pubs, and a bustling atmosphere. Stroll along the picturesque harbor, explore local shops, and indulge in fresh seafood at one of the many restaurants. 

Dingle is also known for its resident dolphin, Fungie, who often entertains visitors with playful antics in the bay.

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Archaeological Sites

Immerse yourself in the peninsula’s rich history by exploring its ancient archaeological sites. Gallarus Oratory, a perfectly preserved stone church dating back to the 7th century, is a highlight. Other sites such as Kilmalkedar Church, Minard Castle, Eask Tower and the imposing stone beehive huts provide further insights into the region’s ancient past.

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Sea Safari

The Dingle Sea Safari provides an unforgettable journey, where you’ll explore fascinating caves, cliffs, and diverse rock formations while learning about local history on your approach to the Great Blasket Islands.

The waters surrounding the Blasket Islands serve as a refuge for various marine mammals and birds. Although sightings can vary seasonally, it’s common to see dolphins, seals, several whale species, basking sharks, and puffins.

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Kerry Seas National Park – Páirc Náisiúnta na Mara, Ciarraí

Discover the breathtaking marine wonders of the Dingle Peninsula at Páirc Náisiúnta na Mara, Ciarraí, Ireland’s largest National Park. Located off the beautiful Kerry coast, this extraordinary park features a diverse array of islands, offshore marine reefs, coastal mainland areas, and the Conor Pass, creating a globally significant sanctuary for nature and biodiversity. Within this expansive area, you’ll find iconic islands, ancient reefs, and scenic coastal sites, all part of a large geographic expanse.

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Music & Culture

Experience the vibrant traditional music scene in the pubs of Dingle. Many establishments host live music sessions featuring talented local musicians. 

Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and appreciate the authenticity of Irish music and dance, a central part of the region’s cultural identity.

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Inch Beach

Inch beach is a wonderful 5km long stretch of glorious sand and dunes. It is ideal for long walks in summer or winter. It is very popular for surfing, swimming and fishing. You can drive right on to the sand but do take care not to stray too far – cars have been known to get stuck!

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Mount Brandon

For outdoor enthusiasts, a hike up Mount Brandon (hyperlink to Mount Brandon in the free things to do section), the highest peak on the peninsula, is a rewarding adventure. The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape and the Atlantic Ocean.

It’s a challenging but satisfying trek, and reaching the summit provides a sense of accomplishment along with breathtaking vistas.