Located on the secluded north side of Dingle Peninsula in the Maharees, Castlegregory is a tiny village that is difficult to reach, but worth the journey. It’s best to reach the village by car or by cycle (weather permitting) because the bus system on Dingle Peninsula can be limited and difficult to navigate.
The pub in town, Spillane’s Bar, is a wonderful central center of town. Marilyn and Mike are both welcoming and warm and the food is quite excellent, especially after a long day out in the windy weather. If you need a post office or to buy groceries, you’ll have the best luck doing so either in Dingle or in Tralee, since Castlegregory is so remote.
The best part about Castlegregory is that it is so close to many amazing sights. Conor Pass and Mt. Brandon are absolutely spectacular. If you’re a fan of windsurfing (or just want to try), head to the beach for the day. There are seven Maharees Islands, and on one of them are the remains of a monastic settlement. They are privately owned, however. If you want to get SCUBA certified, PADI divers run a well-known shop in the area, and there are reputably some wonderful underwater sights. Consider going for a dive if you have the time.
Your Castlegregory hostel can be a great midway point between Tralee and Dingle, so you’ll have the best access to everything that Dingle Peninsula has to offer. If you’re looking for adventures, this is the best place to begin. Tour buses usually can’t make it out to this point very often, so while it can get busy with tourists, it’s not overrun. Dingle Peninsula is a much better option to explore the coastal life of Ireland than the Ring of Kerry.
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