Situated in a Gaeltacht region Dingle or An Daingean in Irish is the only town on the Dingle Peninsula. Dingle town is 50km from Tralee town and 71km for Killarney National Park in County Kerry.
Dingle town is a vibrant fishing port, nestled on the edge of a large natural estuary situated between rugged mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Colourful buildings, pretty shops, traditional pubs and cosy cafes line the quaint winding streets in this busy town.
There are roughly 30 pubs in Dingle town, each with their own unique character and charm. Foxy John’s is a hardware store, a bike hire spot and a traditional Irish pub all under one roof – a visit to Foxy John’s should be top of your to do list when visiting Dingle. Another firm favourite is McCarthy’s Bar over 150 years old it is officially the oldest pub in Dingle. Flaherty’s on Bridge Street is packed with character and a great spot to perch yourself on New Years Eve to ring in the New Year. Arrive early to O’Sullivan’s Courthouse Pub to experience the sights and sounds of live traditional music.
Dingle town in the past has won ‘Foodie Town of Ireland’ and Dingle Peninsula has become renowned as a food and drink destination in Ireland. There are a wide variety of restaurants from casual dining to award winning gourmet dining experiences. Understandably restaurants serve the best fresh fish and shellfish caught locally. Dingle lamb reared on the rugged Dingle Peninsula is another firm favourite.
From Dingle Harbour you can experience a wide range of boat trips, go sea angling, rib sea safari, book a private charter or go on a family boat trip to see Fungi, Dingle’s much loved and famous dolphin.
For groups activities and family holiday ideas in Dingle, go sea kayaking along the stunning coastline and explore sea caves or rock climbing on the amazing Dingle sea cliffs.
Other top attractions in Dingle town include The Dingle Distillery, Dingle Oceanworld and St. James Church. From March to October you can book a tour at The Dingle Distillery. Learn about the products produced there, such as Dingle Gin and Dingle Vodka, you will also get an introduction into Irish whiskey. Dingle Original Gin won the top prize at the World Gin Awards in London.
Ireland's largest aquarium, Dingle Ocean world is less that a 3 minute walk from Dingle Harbour Cottages. A wonderful indoor family attraction in the centre of Dingle town, with an array of fish, sharks, otters and penguins and otters. Kids will love the touch pool at the indoor aquarium and learning fun and interesting facts about the ocean.
Musicians, artisan food suppliers and artists love Dingle and get inspiration from its rugged scenery and peaceful surroundings. After a holiday in Dingle you and your guests with leave with lifelong memories and a longing to return again and again to experience it's dramatic scenery and the vibrant seaside town of Dingle.