When you drive over the Conor Pass and Dingle, An Daingean comes into view, you will feel inspired and enveloped in its beauty. It's like a beautifully wrapped gift, colourful and enticing, and when it's opened it's exactly what you wanted. Dingle is a beautiful town, surrounded by mountains and opening out on to a sheltered harbour. Dingle is the heart and soul of the Dingle Peninsula, and locals within a forty mile radius congregate. Dingle is the most westerly town in Europe, and it is a haven for holidaymakers, musicians, artists and families.
It provides a wealth of experience, culturally, romantically, and socially. The town itself boasts a bevy of acclaimed restaurants, cafes and pubs. There are quiet bars, where radios, televisions and pool tables are banned in order to leave room for impromptu traditional music sessions. And busy pubs, with popular music and a buzz which is perhaps more attractive to the younger person.
There are plenty of places to walk from mountain walks to walks along roadways. The Dingle Way meanders its way through the town and Cosán na Naomh, the Saints Way. The Saints Way is an exceptional walk covers 30 miles and connects the early Christian sites the Dingle Peninsula is famous for. It begins in Dingle, turns south in Ventry (Ceann Trá), then north to Riasc, wandering over to Kilmalkedar Church along the older Saints Road, and then by road to Cloghan. Cloghane has the most westerly golf course in Europe.
For those who enjoy more challenging treks, Mount Brandon is a life changing experience with exceptional views from the summit taking in the Atlantic and the Blasket Islands in the west, North Kerry and County Clare in the north, the spine of the Slieve Mish Mountains in the east and the McGillycuddy Reeks, Iveragh Peninsula and Skellig Rocks in the south. Throughout the year there are pilgrimage walks to the summit and it is possible to get guided informative tours.
Fungi is Dingle’s most famous personality. He is a bottle nosed dolphin who made the town his home over a quarter of a century ago. He thrives on the attention of his many admirers. The people of the area adore him and others travel from the four corners of the world to spend time with him. The Boatmen who have made a living from bringing people out onto the water to see the dolphin have an incredible but genuine love and respect for the dolphin who has meant so much to the town.
There are fabulous festivals held in Dingle every year. The Dingle Film Festival, Féile na Bealtaine, The Dingle Races, The Dingle Food and Wine Festival, The Wren, New Year’s Eve Festival, and many more. At these times the sense of community in the town swells and the positive energy is contagious. Other Voices, a musical festival and television program held in Dingle annually. It is held in the 200 year old St. James Church. It’s a small, intimate church with a certain spirit about it. Traditional music has been played in the Church over the years so there’s a real sense that there is music in the walls. Amy Winehouse, Lisa Hannigan, The Frames, James Vincent McMorrow, Florence and the Machine have played here.
The weekly Dingle Farmers’ Market boasts an eclectic mix of stall holders offering fresh organic...