10 Things to do in Dingle

1. Drive the Slea Head Loop

One of Ireland’s most picturesque drives starts and ends in Dingle.The Slea Head Drive takes in some of the country’s most jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery. It’s not to be missed but you must be sure to have your cameras at the ready.

Sleahead Drive

2. Take a boat out to see Fungie the Dingle Dolphin

Fungie has been Dingle’s most famous resident for decades now and during that time, he has charmed thousands of visitors with his friendly nature. Heading out in a boat to catch sight of him is always an unforgettable experience.

Fungie the Dolphin

3. Dive into Dingle Oceanworld

This is one of the top aquariums in Ireland and a treat for both old and young. It’s home to some fascinating marine life, including sharks, turtles, penguins and otters. There’s even a touch tank where you can get up close and personal with some rays.

Ocean World

4. Take a run on the beach

The trill and excitement of running on the beach is even better when riding a horse. Dingle is the perfect place for a trek up the hills or a canter on the beach.

Horse Riding

5. Walk to Eask Tower

If you’re blessed with good weather, take advantage of it by spending the afternoon walking up to Eask Tower. This is a solid stone tower that was built in 1847 to guide ships and boats into Dingle harbour. It’s a good hike so dress appropriately but you’ll be rewarded with some great views from the top.

Eask Tower

6. Visit Gallarus Oratory

This could be the most unique thing you’ll see on the Dingle Peninsula. Said to date back to the 12th century, it’s a traditional stone church that resembles an upturned boat. Its construction method is unique and it’s why it’s still standing after being built by early Christians hundreds of years ago.

Gallarus Oratory

7. Listen to Trad Music in O’flaherty’s Bar

Dingle is home to some of Ireland’s best traditional musicians and it would be a shame to leave town without spending at least one evening listening to one of the many music sessions that take place in the town’s pubs every night. O’Flaherty’s is one of the best spots for live music. It’s decorated in a style unique to its owner, who is a musician himself. Walk through its red doors and you’ll receive a warm welcome and hear lots of great music.

Trad Music

8. Admire the art at Dingle Artworks

It doesn’t matter if you’re window shopping or if you’re an art buff who collects pieces from all of your travels, you shouldn’t miss Dingle Artworks. Located on Green Street, it’s owned and run by resident artist June McIntyre. She specialises in silk painting, batik, watercolours and botanical flower paintings and everything is inspired by her surroundings here in Dingle.

Dingle Artworks

9. Taste some local brews

Craft brewing has taken off in Dingle and one of the best places to sample locally-brewed Dingle beer is in Dick Mack’s brewery. Part of the famous Dick Mack’s Pub, this brew house is only a few years old but it’s in a building that dates back to the 1850s. They run brewery tours and they also have some food trucks serving pizzas and burgers on site. Beer and pizza – who can resist that combination?

Dick Mack's

10. Next Parish America

No visit to Dingle is complete without a trip to the most westerly islands of Ireland, The Blaskets. You can take the ferry from Dingle and see the stunning cliffs of the peninsula from a different angle until you cross the Blasket Sound. Arriving on the island is like stepping back in time and its easy to imagine what life must have been like for the island inhabitants.

Blasket Islands

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