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10 things to do in Dingle
Journey along the amazing Dingle Peninsula in Kerry.
Dingle town with its winding streets and vibrant atmosphere is a hub of literary and creative culture. Bustling with people from dawn until dusk, music is the heart of this town with sessions playing well into the evening when the sun goes down.

Taste the fresh seafood that this town is famous for, indulge in traditional music or even take a boat trip out to the iconic Blasket Islands. Here are ten things not to miss when on a visit to Dingle.

1Learn to speak Irish

Dingle is Ireland’s largest Gaeltacht town where many speak Irish as their first language. Meet locals in the pub or shops and learn the 'cúpla focal' (a couple of words) to take home. If you’d like to go a step further, spend an enjoyable hour or two with a native speaker at the Díseart Centre of Irish Spirituality and Culture.

2Indulge in local food at the Dingle Food Festival

Food lovers flock to Dingle for its Food Festival which takes usually place on the first weekend in October every year (check for local advice during 2020). The town comes alive with both visitors and locals as they get to sample foods that they wouldn’t normally get to try. Highlights of this foodie’s delight include cookery demonstrations, over 50 market stalls, wine tastings, workshops and a food trail. This is but one of the many festivals that are held in this busy town, which also hosts the Dingle Literary Festival, Féile na Bealtaine and the Dingle Maritime Festival. 

3See Dingle’s most famous resident Fungie

This mature, male bottle-nosed dolphin has been living in Dingle’s waters for many years. Thriving on the attention of his many admirers, he often can be seen leaping out of the water right alongside the boats. Locals adore him and people travel from all over the world to spend time with him.

4Hop on a horse and go beach trekking

Experience a horse ride that starts in the mountains of the Dingle Peninsula and rises to a panorama stretching as far as the Skelligs. Finish your excursion with an exhilarating gallop across the shoreline. This unforgettable experience with Dingle Horse Riding is sure to get the heart thumping.

Dingle Horse Riding
5Raise your spirits at Dingle Distillery
A group on a tour in Dingle Distillery, County Kerry
Visit Dingle Distillery in County Kerry

Take a well-deserved sup and a break during your stay on the Wild Atlantic Way with a visit to Dingle Whiskey Distillery. The first purpose-built distillery for a new whiskey in Ireland in over 200 years, its produce is not only delicious but award-winning too. World-class whiskey, vodka and gin can be bought here and if you have time to spare, take one of their tours and learn all about the process behind creating these tantalising drinks. 

6Go back in time on a trip to the Blasket Islands 
Two donkeys on the Blasket Islands, Kerry
Take in the breathtaking view of The Blasket Islands

Just off the Dingle Peninsula, the Blasket Islands are at the very edge of Europe. Rich in both history and folklore, these now deserted islands were home to legendary Irish storytellers like Peig Sayers and Tomás Ó Criomhthain. Explore The Blasket Visitor Centre at Dunquin to get a feel for how people once lived, before you head across the water to discover the Great Blasket Island

7Be enchanted by underwater life

Enjoy the wildlife of  Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium where you can come face-to-face with sharks, penguins and exotic fish. At the Touch Tank, visitors can stroke friendly rays and even hold a starfish. Kids and adults will both enjoy this experience as you learn about the wonders of the sea. 

8Climb to new heights or take a dive

Take out your walking boots and head to nearby Dunshean Head. Climb up on the headland to see the crashing waves and looming sea stacks below. Or if diving is your thing, book in with Waterworld, Ireland’s largest diving and leisure centre. Dive underwater, snorkel and enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery off of the wild Atlantic shores. 

9Catch, cook, and eat in Dingle Cookery School

Experience the ‘tide to table’ ethos first-hand at Dingle Cookery School. Lasting over three hours, they combine theory with a very hands-on workshop. Using local ingredients like fish and shellfish from the Atlantic, whiskey from the Dingle Whiskey Distillery, as well as lamb, eggs and cheeses, you will create a delicious meal from the land and sea.

Dingle Cookery School
10Head to a trad session

Whether you’re a regular or a first-time visitor to Dingle, it’s easy to be captivated by the wealth of musical talent in this lively fishing town. Head to An Chonair Bar whose owners are musicians themselves, O'Flaherty's for its regular music sessions or McCarthy’s Bar, the oldest family-run pub in the town.

O'Flaherty's Dingle

These are just 10 of Dingle's many stunning sights and delights, why not discover more  yourself? Delightful Dingle is just one of the spectacular spots in County Kerry, have a look at our Kerry destination page for more picturesque places to visit in this charming county.

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