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Dingle Ireland Holiday

Slea Head Dingle Peninsula
Slea Head

Hauntingly beautiful Dingle Ireland (or An Daingean it's new Gaelic name) is not to be missed on an
Ireland Getaway.

This hidden gem was my favorite place, hands down, on our family vacation to Ireland.

You will find rugged beauty, prehistoric sights, quaint towns and peace on the Dingle Peninsula.

The Dingle Peninsula has been inhabited for 6000 years and has the largest density and variety of archaeological monuments in Western Europe. This includes the largest collection of beehive huts (clochans) in the world. Also, many ring forts and other ancient sights can be found at every turn on a drive around the island

Here is all you need to know for your Dingle Ireland Trip, including Dingle Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts and sights to see.

Dingle Accommodation

Dingle Cottages and Vacation Rentals

3br - Luxury waterside hideaway
Luxury Waterside Hideaway

Located in a panoramic setting overlooking Dingle Bay, Waters Edge House provides five star accommodations. Waters Edge House is the sister property to Emlagh House which is renowned for its luxurious accommodation. 3 bedroom apartment sleeps six adults in a master king- size suite, a queen suize suite, one twin suite each with their own private bathrooms. The dining area sits overlooking the Bay with endless vistas of the sea and mountains.

Ventry Dingle Cottage by the Sea
Architect designed split level 3 bedroom cottage by the sea with stunning views of Ventry Bay And Ventry Beach. Private access to the sea via garden. Three bedroomed cottage with main bedroom en suite.Everything supplied.Fully centrally heated with open fireplace.

Hotels in Dingle

There are only a couple Dingle Ireland Hotels, but plenty of Bed and Breakfasts, which are a great way to experience Irish culture....and the delicious, filling Irish breakfasts!
  • Skellig Hotel- First Class with views of sea, pool, spa, gym, restaurant, expensive
  • Brenners Hotel - The town's oldest hotel is a classic with old world charm and a lovely rooms.
  • Dingle Marina Lodge - small hotel, includes breakfast, very reasonable

Dingle Bed and Breakfast

Moriarty's B&B Dingle Ireland
Moriarty's B&B
  • Moriarty's Farmhouse B&B in Ventry 5 miles west of Dingle, is where we stayed. It is so peaceful and beautiful at this country house and the breakfast room is lovely.. There is great hiking nearby to some ogham stones with writing dating back to the 4th century.
  • Emlagh Lodge - great, on waterfront, reasonable rates year round
  • Towerview B&B - Ph. 353 (0)66 915 2990 , edge of town, large rooms, helpful host
  • Milestone Bed and Breakfast - Ph. 353 66 9151831 , great hosts give lots of information
  • Captain's House B&B - Ph. 353-66-91-51531, furnished with antiques, gardens, warm and welcoming
  • Cill Bhreac B&B - friendly host, great breakfast, reading room, conservatory, gardens
  • Wildflower Cottage - charming cottage has rooms and apartment, next to Dingle pier, great views

Things to do

Dingle Peninsula Drive - This is must-do on your Dingle Holiday. The rugged, remote beauty is breathtaking and the historical ruins awe-inspiring. We took a day to do the circle trip and it was the highlight of our Ireland family vacation. Here is what we saw:
Beehive Huts Dingle Peninsula
Beehive Huts
Dun Chaoin Dingle Peninsula
Dun Chaoin
Kilmalkedar Church Dingle Peninsula
  • Dunbeag Promontory Fort from 800BC
  • Beehive huts from 2000BC!!
  • Slea Head with beautiful views of the Blasket Islands
  • Dunquin cultural and historical center which celebrates the heritage of the former inhabitants of Great Blasket Island
  • Reask Monastic Site from the late 5th/early 6th century with Celtic/Christian motifs
  • Kilmakedar Church with amazing alphabet stone and ogham stone dated from the first half of the 12th century
  • Loch Aduin Valley with its 90 stone structures dating from 2500 BC
  • Conor Pass - the highest pass in Ireland
  • Harry Clarke stained glass windows in the former convent chapel at the Diseart Institute of Education and Celtic Culture. Twelve beautiful stained glass windows depict scenes from the life of Christ.
  • Fungi the Dolphin - boat trip to see this bottlenose dolphin that has been in Dingle Bay since 1984
  • Dingle Oceanworld - aquarium, shark feedings, touch pool
  • Ryan's Daughter Sights which include Inch Strand and Coomeenold
Dingle Ireland

Shopping in Dingletown

There are lots of craft shops with woolen clothing, leather goods, art galleries and jewewlry, inlcuding Brian de Staic's Jewellery Workshop with its Celtic Jewelery.

Dingle Ireland Restaurants and Pubs

For a romantic getaway dinner, check out Global Village with a continental, formal feel or Charthouse an upscale gourmet restaurant.

You will find good seafood at Out of the Blue or Doyles where you might try the specialty, lobster.

Other favorites in Dingle Ireland include Midi for pizza and Mediterranean food, Wild Banks Restaurant for the spinach and goat cheese roulade, Old Smokehouse or Murphy's Ice Cream Shop for the Guinness and chocolate chip ice cream!

Stop in for a spell at The Dingle Pub or O'Flaherty's Pub for Irish music.

Dingle Pub Ireland

If you have been to Dingle or when you return from your trip there, please share with my readers your favorite B&Bs, restaurants and sights here.

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