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From jaw-dropping coastal scenery and ancient archaeology to a vibrant traditional music scene and superb local cuisine, Dingle in West Kerry gives you a breathtaking range of options. Renowned the world over as a place of near mythical beauty, incredible history, and inspiring culture, Dingle really has something for everyone.
Allow plenty of time to appreciate the Slea Head drive, a clockwise 46km route around the spectacular western tip of the Dingle peninsula. The drive begins in Dingle town and hugs the coast along a well-signposted route to the most westerly point in Europe (that would be Slea Head), before looping past a variety of stunning beaches and historical attractions back to Dingle town.
Take a small detour from the Slea Head drive to visit Gallarus Oratory, a tiny early Christian church that resembles an upturned boat with its sloping side walls. Built using a system called corbelling, the oratory has withstood the harsh Atlantic weather for at least ten centuries without the need for mortar and continues to exert a powerful spiritual influence today.
From the village of Dun Chaoin, 15 km from Dingle, the magical Blasket Islands are just a 20 minute ferry ride away, but they feel a world away in their timeless appeal. Inhabited until 1953, the island’s exclusively Irish-speaking population maintained a unique culture that has been extensively celebrated in local literature.
Not many dolphins can claim to have sent a tourist industry into overdrive, but then Fungie is not just any dolphin. The wild bottlenose dolphin arrived in Dingle Bay in 1983, and he has been delighting locals and tourists with his antics ever since. One of the most popular family activities for visitors is to take a boat trip to see him - many will return the ticket price if Fungie fails to turn up.
Dingle is a hotbed of traditional Irish music talent, and you will hear ample of evidence if you tour Dingle’s pubs. The local music scene is a vibrant and constantly developing one, as demonstrated by the Dingle Tradfest trad-fusion music festival in September. Another not-to-be missed festival showcasing new and international musical talent is Other Voices in December.
The ancient tradition of the Celtic harvest festival has been revived with Féile Lughnasa, a four-day event at the end of July that celebrates old traditions with a climb of Mount Brandon, visits to historical sites, beach and field competitions for all ages, music, and recitation.
A humble field in Ballintaggart, just outside Dingle town, transforms into an exciting race course for three days every August. The Dingle Races attract horses, jockeys, and horse-racing enthusiasts from across the country and further afield for a festival that’s not to be missed.
The Dingle Food Festival has rapidly established a prominent position on the crowded food festival calendar. Staged in October, it attracts foodies eager to sample the unique flavours of local food and drink at the outdoor market, cookery demonstrations, and the extensive Taste Trail. There’s also programme for children.
The highest mountain in Ireland after Carrauntoohil, Mount Brandon is a 952 m peak on the Dingle Peninsula named after Saint Brendan. The views on the ascent and from the summit are inspiringly beautiful. Mount Brandon can be approached via the Pilgrim’s Path in Cloghane or via the Saint’s Road from An Baile Breac, with the former being the more challenging and more dramatic route.
Far more than just a base for exploring the peninsula, Dingle town (an Daingean) is small but endless interesting. Wander the winding streets to discover quirky shops, buzzing cafes, great restaurants, and - of course - probably the best pubs in the country. Impromptu music sessions, odd conversations, and memorable characters are the order of the day.
8.7km from Dingle
Surround yourself with breathtaking scenery in a 4-star holiday home in the village of Bothar Bui, 11 km west of the thriving tourist town of Dingle in the County Kerry Gaeltacht.
Each stylish apartment features two spacious bedrooms furnished with hand-made pine and an open-plan kitchen/ living area.
The picturesque village is close to the unspoilt sandy beach at Muirioch.
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12.8km from Dingle
This newly-built traditional style 3-bedroom self catering bungalow is superbly located in the scenic rural area of Dunquin in West Kerry. It has magnificent views of the Blasket Islands and Mount Eagle and is located right in the heart of the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area). This self catering property has 3 bedrooms, including one ensuite bedroom.
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9.1km from Dingle
Enjoy superb 4-star accommodation just 10km from the busy town of Dingle in Ventry, County Kerry. This recently-built holiday home commands spectacular views of Ventry Bay and beach. The holiday home has three bedrooms: two double (one of which is ensuite) and one twin.
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2.1km from Dingle
Enjoy the spectacular location of a 4-star holiday home just outside the town of Dingle in Co. Kerry. These luxury holiday homes are part of a recent development of quality accommodation on the grounds of a 1703 hunting lodge and former home of the Earl of Cork.
For a spectacular location overlooking Dingle Bay, stay at one of these superb 3-bed properties just outside the town of Dingle in Co. Kerry. These recently developed 4-star houses offer quality accommodation on the grounds of a 1703 hunting lodge and former home of the Earl of Cork. Imaginative and thoughtful design means the holiday cottages nestle into the landscape while optimising the views and ensuring a warm southerly aspect.
1.3km from Dingle
Soak up the scenery in this development of 3-star properties in the town of Dingle in County Kerry. Many of these stunning holiday homes offer breathtaking seaviews of Dingle Harbour and Dingle town.
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This is a new development of Irish holiday cottages located within the small village of Ballydavid, about ten minutes' drive from Dingle town in Co. Kerry. Ballydavid, or Baile na nGall as it is signposted, is a lovely fishing village on the shores of beautiful Smerwick Harbour and retains wonderful old-world charm. Each holiday cottage has three bedrooms and a large loung.
2.5km from Dingle
Experience Dingle in 4-star luxury at this development of holiday homes. Ten of the houses can accommodate up to 6 people, with one master double bedroom ensuite upstairs and two twin bedrooms downstairs -one of which is ensuite. There is a third bathroom downstairs.
For your next visit to the popular town of Dingle, book one of these 11 luxurious holiday homes. All of the houses have been fitted and equipped with the very best furniture and fittings. The open-plan kitchen area features all modern conviences. Each holiday home offers superb views over Dingle Bay and a large, partially enclosed garden.
9km from Dingle
Relax amid magnificent scenery in 4 star luxury in the village of Bothar Bui, on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in County Kerry. This stunning apartment consists of two spacious bedrooms, each of which is furnished in hand-made pine.
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