Dingle, situated on the Dingle peninsular in Southern
Ireland, and the most westerly town in Europe,
is one of the most beautiful area's I have ever been to.
If you want to step off the treadmill and
drudgery of everyday life then this is the place for you.
The only shops you
will find are mainly local arts and crafts, jewellers and a couple of supermarkets.
comes to pubs you never have far to walk from one to the next. I can't tell
you exactly how many there
are but I would guess over 40, and i'm told there used to be 52 !
We stay at a lovely family run bed and breakfast
called "The Archway Lodge". I think having stayed there three times shows how good it is - and can highly
They have a web site which you can find
Situated on Main Street, a busy one way street, lined
with pubs such as "The Dingle Pub" "The Small
Bridge", "Foxy Johns" and "Adams" it's in easy walking distance of pubs, shops and the harbour area. Most pubs serve food and
have traditional music on seven nights a week, sure to get your feet
tapping. There are also some restaurants, serving locally caught
Drive out from Dingle and within a couple of minutes
you can witness some
The Connor pass is not to be
missed. A narrow winding road cuts through the
mountains to take you to
the northerly side of the peninsular, where you will
find strands (or as
the English call them, beaches) that go on for miles.
Head for Tralee Bay or Brandon Bay. Park the car and walk, take in the scenery
beauty, and if it gets to much you can stop in the local for a pint and a
The great thing is that you may find a village of only a
dozen houses, but you can
guarantee that one will be a pub !!
Travel west from Dingle, and follow the Slea Head
drive, stopping of at Dunquin
and taking the boat across to the Great Blasket
Island. If you are lucky you may
see Dolphins swim along side the boat, jumping in and out of the water.
These islands were last inhabited in 1953, their deserted cottages
now reduced to empty shells.
There are a few people who live on the Island
during the summer months, and then return
to the mainland for the winter
A walk round the island will take you three or four hours but you will be rewarded by
Look down to the waves breaking on the rocks below, where seals and dolphins play.
Birds soar high overhead and sheep roam the green hillsides.
There are marvellous views of the Kerry coastline, and, although you can't see it, to the west the next land mass is America
Going East from Dingle you will pass through Inch.
Only a small place but it can boast what is undoubtably one of the finest beaches you will ever come across.
A mile of golden sand, Inch was the beach location used in the film "Ryan's Daughter"
Below are some photographs taken in and around Dingle.
Click on the thumbnails to enlarge and see what I mean.
Unfortunately the only way to truly appreciate the area, is to see it through your own eyes.
||View from the Conor Pass||
|Blasket Island Beach||
|On top of the Blasket Islands||
||Houses on the Blasket Islands|
||Approaching Great Blasket by boat||
|View from the Conor Pass||Traditional music session at Dick Mack's|
||A view of Main Street||Dick Mack's|
|Top of the Conor Pass||Adams|
|This page last updated |
4th September 2009
© A S Mackness 2009