Travel & Tourist Guide to The Dingle Peninsula (Corca Dhuibhne) - Ireland


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Dingle Peninsula Holiday Activities, Things to do, and places to see.



Fishing & Angling

Shore and Rock angling in the Dingle Peninsula is very popular and is some of the best in Ireland. Good Rock angling locations are at Dun an Óir, near Ballyferriter, and Bínn Bán, at the mouth of Dingle Harbour.

Surfing & Windsurfing

The Dingle Peninsula a fantastic Peninsula for good surf. This scenic setting has numerious breaks which are usually crowd free. Conirelandions change frequently on this Peninsula.

Horse Riding & Pony Treks

Horse Riding Holidays and Day Treks. Superb horses, superior facilities, quality accommodation, and, of course, adventurous rides through the magnificent Irish countryside. | Dingle Horse Riding - Rides & Treks | Coláiste Íde Stables - Rides & Pony Trek

Adventure Activities

Play at Height Adventure Centre | Irish Adventures - Walking, Cycling, Kayaking | Hidden Ireland Adventures

Walking

No other area in Ireland offers the variety and quality of walking trails and routes as the Dingle Peninsula on Ireland's mountainous south west coast. Most of the routes in the region are on small, quiet roads and trails, far away from traffic.

Visistor | Tourist Attractions

The Dingle Peninsula has many visistor attractions | The Celtic & Prehistoyic Museum | Dunbeg Fort Visitor Centre | Famine Cottage | Gallarus Oratory Visitor Centre | Dingle Ocean World Aquarium | The Blasket Island Centre | Corca Dhuibhne Regional Museum


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Gallarus Oratory Visitor Centre

Gallarus Oratory Visitor Centre
Dingle Brewing Company - Tom Crean's Fresh Irish Lager

Dingle Brewing Company - Tom Crean's Fresh Irish Lager

Dingle Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary


Dingle Horse Riding

Dingle Horse Riding

Blasket Islands Eco Marine Tours

Blasket Islands Eco Marine Tours

Dingle Guided Walks



Dingle Walking Festival

Dingle Walking Festival

Tailor-Made Tours Ltd.

Tailor-Made Tours Ltd.

SouthWestWalks Ireland

South West Walks Ireland

Hidden Ireland Tours

Hidden Ireland Tours

Dingle Bay Charters

Dingle Bay Charters

Dingle Dolphin Boat Trips

Dingle Dolphin Boat Trips


Holiday Activities & Things to do


Beaches

The Dingle Peninsula has some of the most dramatic beaches in Ireland. The most famous is Inch Strand -- a 5km-long (3-mile) creamy stretch of sand dunes in the town of Inch (Inse) - but one of the most striking is Kilmurray Bay at Minard [SS] where, in the shadow of Minard Castle, giant sandstone boulders form a beach unlike anything you've ever seen. It's definitely not safe for swimming, but ideal for a picnic.

Like Minard, Trabeg Beach confronts the southwest storms of the Atlantic head on. Here, during ebb tide, you will find exquisite wave-sculptured, maroon sandstone shapes below sheer rock cliffs, and small sea caves lined with veins of crystalline quartz. The beauty of the rock sculptures combined with the roar of the surf is magical.

Some of the calmest beaches in this area for swimming are east of Castlegregory, on the more protected west side of Tralee Bay. The beach at Maherabeg has a coveted European Blue Flag (meaning it is exceptionally unpolluted and environmentally safe), and the beaches of Brandon Bay are particularly scenic -- great for walking and swimming.

Bicycling

Mountain bikes can be rented at Foxy John Moriarty, Main Street, Dingle (0669151316). Alternatively, the staff at the Mountain Man Outdoor Shop, Strand Street, Dingle (0669152400) can handle the arrangements for you. The cost is normally around €15 per day, or €55 per week. Workers at both shops know the area well, and can suggest a number of day trips or overnight touring options. Foxy John's has the added advantage of also being a pub, although you might want to save your pints until after your bike ride. One possible day trip is to take the road out to the tip of the peninsula past Slea Head and Clogher Head. The scenery is outrageously beautiful and the journey is hilly, but not ridiculously so.

Bird-Watching

In summer, the small, uninhabited islands surrounding Great Blasket attract flocks of nesting seabirds, including vast numbers of storm petrels. From Clogher Head north of Dunquin at the western extremity of the Dingle Peninsula, rare autumn migrants can sometimes be seen. Inch Peninsula, extending into Castlemaine Harbour south of Inch town, is a wintering ground for brent geese, which arrive in late August and move on in April; there is also a large wigeon population in the fall.

Golf

Sixteen kilometers (10 miles) west of Dingle Town, on the western edge of the Dingle Peninsula, overlooking the Atlantic, the Dingle Golf Club (Ceann Sibéal), Ballyferriter (tel. 0669156255; www.dinglelinks.com), welcomes visitors to play its 18-hole, par-72 course. Greens fees for 18 holes are €40 to €65 Monday to Friday, and €45 to €75 Saturday and Sunday, depending on the season.

Sailing

The Dingle Sailing Centre, The Marina, Dingle (tel. 066915-6426), offers an array of courses taught by experienced, certified instructors. Summer courses cost from about €130 to €200.

Fungie

It is extremely rare for a wild dolphin to choose voluntarily to live among people rather than with his own kind, but for more than 20 years, a dolphin named Fungie has chosen to live with Dingle's human population. In fact, he likes people so much that diving into the water to swim with him has become a popular local pastime, and one that he seems to enjoy as much as the human visitors. He can swim about 40kmph (25 mph), but he slows down to the pace of an Australian crawl when you're out there, and amuses himself by leaping over the human swimmers' heads. If you want to swim with Fungie, contact John Brosnan (0669151967) to book a time. He'll rent you the necessary gear for the cold Irish waters (semi-dry suit, mask, snorkel, boots, and fins, all in one duffel -- €25 per person), and then ferry you out by boat. The 2-hour escorted swim also costs €25. For obvious reasons (it's out in the sea), only adults can swim with Fungie, although children will certainly enjoy watching.

Windsurfing

The beaches around Castlegregory offer a variety of conditions for windsurfing. Those on the eastern side of the peninsula are generally calmer than those to the west. Equipment can be hired from Jamie Knox Watersports, Brandon Bay, Castlegregory, County Kerry, on the road between Castlegregory and Fahamore. The cost runs from €15 for one hour to €60 for the whole day. They also offer lessons for surfers of all skill levels.


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Surfing

Fishing & Angling

Shore and Rock angling in the Dingle Peninsula is very popular and is some of the best in Ireland. Good Rock angling locations are at Dun an Óir, near Ballyferriter, and Bínn Bán, at the mouth of Dingle Harbour.



Surfing & Windsurfing

The Dingle Peninsula a fantastic Peninsula for good surf. This scenic setting has numerious breaks which are usually crowd free. Conirelandions change frequently on this Peninsula.


Horse Riding & Pony Treks

Horse Riding Holidays and Day Treks. Superb horses, superior facilities, quality accommodation, and, of course, adventurous rides through the magnificent Irish countryside. | Dingle Horse Riding - Rides & Treks | Coláiste Íde Stables - Rides & Pony Trek


Adventure Activities

Play at Height Adventure Centre | Irish Adventures - Walking, Cycling, Kayaking | Hidden Ireland Adventures


Walking

No other area in Ireland offers the variety and quality of walking trails and routes as the Dingle Peninsula on Ireland's mountainous south west coast. Most of the routes in the region are on small, quiet roads and trails, far away from traffic.


Visistor | Tourist Attractions

The Dingle Peninsula has many visistor attractions | The Celtic & Prehistoyic Museum | Dunbeg Fort Visitor Centre | Famine Cottage | Gallarus Oratory Visitor Centre | Dingle Ocean World Aquarium | The Blasket Island Centre | Corca Dhuibhne Regional Museum

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