(An Daingean)

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. 
When it 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 recommend it.
They have a web site which you can find here
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 seafood.

Drive out from Dingle and within a couple of minutes you can witness some
breathtaking scenery.

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
and beauty, and if it gets to much you can stop in the local for a pint and a chat ! 
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 months.
A walk round the island will take you three or four hours but you will be rewarded by
breathtaking scenery.
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.

Murphy's Pub Murphy's PubView from the Conor Pass
Dingle View
Blasket Island Beach Blasket Island BeachBrandon Bay Brandon Bay
On top of the Blasket Islands Blasket IslandHouses on the Blasket Islandsblasket Houses
Dingle Harbour Dingle HarbourApproaching Great Blasket by boat Boat To Blasket Islands

View from the Conor Pass
View from the Conor PassDick Macs Session
Traditional music session at Dick Mack's
Main Street
A view of Main StreetDick Mack's PubDick Mack's
Dingle ViewDingleFoxy John's Pub
Foxy Johns
Top of Conor Pass
Top of the Conor PassAdam's pub

topThis page last updated
4th September 2009

A S Mackness 2009