County Kerry has two beautiful peninsulas: Iveragh, to the north, is the larger one, while Dingle is the smallest. The neck of the peninsula is isolated by the impressive Slieve Mish Mountains. The landscape is wild and picturesque. The coasts are dotted with small island and lined with rugged cliffs, but there are more than enough sandy beaches as well. You can find low hills in the north, rolling and incredibly green hills in the south, but the west is the most astounding part of the peninsula. For those who want to discover more about the wonders of this amazing destination, here’s a short guide to Dingle Peninsula.
The small town of Dingle is one of the most popular destinations on the peninsula – a very pretty little town located in a natural harbor, with lots of historical buildings dating back to the early 19th century, painted in bright colors. There are many great pubs and restaurants in the town, and lots of shops selling handicrafts. Dingle town is only a small part of all there’s to see on the peninsula, especially if you are interested in historical sites. However, for a bit of fun, you should meet the town’s mascot, Fungi the dolphin who has been living in Dingle harbor for the part two decades. There are several boat tours of the harbor especially for meetings with the famous Fungi.
Things to do
Dingle is a hub of artistic activity, and there are many venues in the town where you can listen to traditional Irish music. Exploring the peninsula is very pleasant if you don’t mind renting a car, or even better, a bike – there are lots of trails that are just perfect for biking. The peninsula’s scenery is particularly beautiful, and there are hundreds of archaeological sites that you might find interesting. The Dunbeag Promontory Fort located at the base of Mount Eagle is one of the most interesting ruins, dating back to the 6th century BC. Visiting the ruins is free, and you don’t need any special guided tours to see them. You might also like to take a trip to Blasket Islands, which used to be the home of a whole community with interesting traditions and stories, but which are now uninhabited. The abandoned village on Great Blasket island can be visited – there is a ferry that can take you to and from the island, and this destination absolutely cannot miss from any short guide to Dingle Peninsula. Horse riding is also a popular activity on the peninsula, especially around the coastal areas.