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The town of Dingle, located on Dingle Peninsula, is a quaint place, but sits in the heart of one of the most scenic places in Ireland. It is best reached by car, but Bus Eireann also runs in the town. The nearest train stations are in Tralee or Killarney, and tour buses don't frequent the roads like they do the Ring of Kerry, so you can feel like you're in a remote place (without being isolated).
Within the town itself, there isn't much to do outside of your Dingle hostel (there are some local shops and a grocery, and some pubs) but don't let that limit you. There are lots of outdoor activities and opportunities. Take a bike ride to Slea Head if it's a sunny day, or jump in for a quick swim on the white sandy beaches if it's a warm day. You can kayak or explore the waterfront at the pier (keep an eye out for dolphins). There are some amazing views from the area if you like hiking. Also interesting to check out are the abandoned famine cottages, located on the hills.
Unlike the Ring of Kerry, the roads around Dingle are mostly inaccessible to tour buses (they are too narrow and there are some passes that are too short for buses to squeeze through). If you have a car, Conor Pass is an amazing drive, with breathtaking views. While Dingle might seem like a small town with not much to offer, the magic of the peninsula is sure to captivate anyone.
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Rainbow Hostel Dingle
"Rainbow Hostel Dingle is a very attractive, comfortable, and friendly place, located about a mile outside the town itself (the walk is along a pleasant, country lane). The hostel is a converted charming, old Irish stone farmhouse with a beautiful, large kitchen; cozy dorms; and camping pitches outside on a grassy lawn (campers are welcome to use all of the facilities in the hostel, including showers, kitchen, and Wi-Fi). The Location If...
"In terms of location, Lovett's is really handy, with walking access to town in about 2-3 minutes from where you arrive by bus. It is well signposted on the road heading out of town. If you are coming from around the peninsula, go through town hugging the waters edge to the last roundabout on the main street. Turn right at the roundabout and right again down a small lane opposite the petrol station. If you are coming the other way, follow the...
The Hideout Hostel
"Good hostel - It was close to all the action in town and had a big kitchen and lounging area. The rooms were a bit on the small side but who cares when you're only there to sleep. Don't expect to print your bus passes from the hostel (you need to go to the internet cafe around the corner). They provide fresh towels for free with each bed and there's tea and coffee all day and night." … "… Hostel. The Hideout Hostel provides...
Paddys Palace - Dingle Peninsula
"… 7 comfortable, ultra-clean rooms with bathrooms ensuite. A moderate dining area and guest kitchen. We have a super cool common room to relax in, perhaps with a book in front of its majestic turf-burning fireplace? Our facility also proudly boasts of its very own Irish pub - known nationally as the 'Randy Leprechaun'. Packed to the rafters at weekends with live music and locals, and midweek it’s relaxed and gentle with a unique...
Muiris Dan's Pub & Accommodation
"… and have a secure facility for bicycles. We also have a foot pump available to our guests to pump tyres. Bicycle hire is available in a nearby shop. Wi-Fi available throughout our premises ie: in rooms, bar and kitchen. We are five minutes walk from the bus stop. Full Irish breakfast 6.90 or 2 voucher off full menu in 'The Diner', for all our customers, just a two minute walk from john st. Groups welcome Please Note:...
Dingle Harbour Hostel
"… and fully dressed bunk beds. Beautiful terrace area looking over the expanse of Dingle Harbour. Breakfast restaurant and cafe on site. Complimentary private parking. Situated between the picturesque Irish countryside and the coast, Dingle Harbour Hostel offers easy access to sailing, cycling, golf, horse riding, wildlife tours, and diving. Free Wifi, Comfortable lounge seating area with large flat screen TV. Please note:...
Dingle Esk View Accommodation
"… Pass. With a side view towards town and the sea. Traveling to Kerry...has never been easier! Only 1 hour from Cork City and Shannon Airport and 3 hours from Dublin. Kerry is easily accessible. With a modern road network in place and train and bus services daily. Better still fly direct to Kerry County Airport, with flights arriving from Frankfurt Hahn (Germany), Luton and Stansted (England), Dublin, Faro (Portugal) and Alicante...
Tigh An Phoist
"Tigh An Phoist is in a Gaelic-speaking area on the west side of Mount Brandon, about twelve kilometres north of the town of Dingle, at the very end of the Dingle peninsula. The name translates to "The Post House" or "The Postman’s House." This is a good, well-run hostel, with good facilities, and it is clean, warm, friendly, and good value for money. The Location The coastline between Dingle and this area is spectacular, and there is...
"Grapevine Hostel in Dingle stands out for its unique style and relaxed atmosphere located in a wonderful area. The Location Grapevine Hostel is located quite in the center of Dingle, a small town on the Dingle Peninsula, Kerry. Even though Dingle relies on tourism and offers therefore many things to do and see, it is not as crowded with tourist buses as the Ring of Kerry. The Dingle Peninsula is a very unspoiled, beautiful area with a...
O' Shea's Bed & Breakfast
"This is a lovely place to stay. It's very comfortable and the accommodation is excellent. It's clean and welcoming. The breakfast is one of the best I tasted on my travels. Definitely worth staying here if visiting Dingle." … "… overlooking Dingle Town. Private parking available and all rooms are en-suite. Perfect place to relax after enjoying the numerous activities available locally - golf, horse riding, swimming, cycling,...
Garveys Farm House
"… can relax in the television lounge area complete with lots of books on local attractions and walks, where guests can have complementry tea or coffee. Additional facilities include private car parking. We are a non-smoking property. We offer a range of breakfast options on our breakfast menu- including fresh farm produce, cheeses and local fish- as well as the Full Irish breakfast option. Attractions in the area include day...
"… a hearty healthy home made breakfast. We are now offering budget rates which are the most competitive in Dingle. Local Activities & Amenities at your doorstep include: Dingle Peninsula offers some of Europe's best Surfing conditions Diving & Sailing Club - 'Fungi' the Dingle Dolphin boat trips & swims daily Ceann Sibeal golf course - Blasket Island & Local Echo tours - Local restaurants Shore/Sea...
"… a sunroom at the front of the house, and our private garden. There is ample private parking. We are convenient to golf courses, fishing facilities, beaches, tennis, horse riding, pitch and putt, archaeological tours, angling and organised walking routes (The Dingle Way). Guided tours and bicycle hire can be arranged. Maps and guide books are available for guest use. We are happy to make recommendations and reservations for any...
"… There is free, safe car-parking available. Though close to town, the house is set in the heart of the countryside and the local farmers tend their sheep and cattle or till the land, especially in Spring and Autumn, their busiest time of year. There are 5 en-suite bedrooms in Duinin House - 3 double rooms and 2 twin-bedded rooms. (A Double room contains 1 double bed; A Twin room contains 2 single beds). All rooms have private...
Dingle Harbour Lodge
"Nice, helpful staff - More like American style motel. Great breakfast and especially enjoyed chatting with staff. Very good service, called me a cab to get to bus stop." … "… restaurant and cafe on site. Complimentary private parking. Situated between the picturesque Irish countryside and the coast, Dingle Harbour Lodge offers easy access to sailing, cycling, golf, horse riding, wildlife tours, and diving. A hearty full...
The Colony Townhouse
"… of the local amenities, attractions and events. A selection of brochures and tourist information is available for guests. Three of our rooms are en-suite while the fourth has a bathroom adjacent to it. Our triple room is furnished with a double bed and a single bed. Bicycles may be stored in the secure yard to the rear of the house. Please note : Cancellation policy : 24 hours. Credit cards and cash accepted. Check-in:...
Ard-Na-Mara Country House
"Ard-Na-Mara is an elevated, peaceful country home beside the sea, overlooking Ventry Harbour. Rooms ensuite, hairdryers, breakfast menu. 3 km from Dingle Town and 1 km from Ventry Village and beach." … Ballymore, Ventry
Green Street Townhouse
"… and weavers all have shops and workshops on Green Street. It is a 10 minute walk from the bus stop (uphill) and tourist office. Because of our great location - Dingle's music pubs and great restaurants are just meters away! Banks, post office, rent a bike are next door. The Supermarkets serve food and tea/coffee and normally stay open late during the holiday season. There are also a choice of take away options, Chinese,pizza,...
Dingle Travel Tips & Suggestions
Dingle is a great little town with nice pubs and music nestled in a craggy, picturesque shoreline along Ireland's blustery coast. The Small Bridge Pub is open year round with live Irish music and is a good choice to visit when considering the numerous drinking establishments. They would not let me tip at this bar so I left a bunch of coins on the bumper pool table, all night long beers were flowing with the friendly locals. Its easy to hitch-hike up and down the roads to get to and from your accommodation. Trekking along the coast and taking the short drive to Slea Head is a "must do." I have been to Europe forty times and can't believe I waited so long to find this little gem in Europe. Give yourself three or four days here.
— Rich S
This is a mad town with great pubs.
— tom bourke
Savage craic and savage Guinness -- a gem of a spot with beautiful surrounding areas.
The best bet in Dingle is a private tour by Denis Ryan, a musician/cab driver/tour guide! It costs the same as a big bus tour, and Mr. Ryan will take you to the sights you really want to see. It was the best part of our stay in Dingle (next to our hosts, the Brosnans, at Ocean View). His card is up near the pay phone in the pubs, so try it out - you won't be disappointed!
— Terri and Shelby
Dingle is a small village with 52 pubs!
— Wouter Van Der Veer
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