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Best Things to do in Dingle

Best Things to do in Dingle

Dingle is one of the most desirable places to live and visit, not only in Ireland but in the world – a place famously described by National Geographic as “one of the most beautiful places in the world”.

People become captivated by the lure of Dingle, with something on offer for everyone – a rugged and captivating coastline, Caribbean-blue stretches of ocean, miles of golden sandy beaches, magical coastal islands, the greatest concentration and variety of archaeological sites and monuments in Western Europe, some of the best walking and hiking trails in Ireland, sporting activity hubs, a thriving Irish language community, traditional Irish music & dancing nightly, a great sporting heritage, an iconic foodie scene (voted No. 1 Foodie Town in Ireland!), bustling pubs…the list goes on and on. Like so many of us…you are going to love Dingle and you are going to want to come back!

Below you will find our top suggestions on the best things to do in Dingle. During check-in we will give you maps and plenty of additional tips / recommendations on how to make the most your time on our beautiful Dingle Peninsula. 

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Advice / Recommendation

Not a week goes by where we don't hear from guests who deeply regret not spending longer in Dingle. Dingle tends to be a highlight (if not ‘the’ highlight) of their Ireland vacation. Allow yourself sufficient time here. 1 day is definitely not enough - you will be able to say that you have seen some of Dingle but you will not have experienced it. 2 days is better but 3 days or more is ideal.

Orla & Ronan's Dingle 'Must Do's'

The Slea Head Drive on the Dingle Peninsula
Dingle's Slea Head Drive

No. 1: Experience Ireland's Most Scenic Route - The majestic Slea Head Drive

An absolute must – this is the one of the best coastal drives in the world! Nobody should leave the Dingle Peninsula without embarking on this 30 mile /47 km journey. Every scene paints a picture! You will pass through picturesque villages such as Ventry, Dunquin, Ballyferriter, and Ballydavid. You will witness some truly breathtaking scenery as you look out upon the Blasket Islands and the “Sleeping Giant”. Along your way you shall also pass through the most westerly point in Europe. You will not have witnessed the wonder of the Dingle Peninsula until you have toured the Slea Head Drive!

To get a true appreciation of the majestic scenery, unique culture and depth of history that exists on the Dingle Peninsula, it is well worth considering arranging a Guided Tour of the Slea Head Drive run by one of the knowledgeable local operators. 

Alternatively, slow things down and for an unforgettable adventure, check out our guide to ‘Cycling on the Dingle Peninsula‘. 

No. 2: Traverse Ireland's Highest Mountain Pass - The Conor Pass

The Conor Pass is Ireland’s highest mountain pass (elevation of 456m) and considered to be one of the most scenic drives in Ireland. It is an area of immense natural beauty. Lakes, waterfalls, rivers and valleys that have been etched out by enormous glaciers during the ice age typify the area. The panoramic views from the viewing park at the top of Conor Pass are simply breathtaking with incredible vistas down both the northern and southern sides of the Dingle Peninsula.

Be forewarned, the drive is not for the faint hearted! At the steepest part the road weaves its way around sharp cliff faces and passes high corrie lakes. There are some very narrow sections where two cars cannot pass, so drivers need to keep their eyes peeled when driving and be ready to stop at the wider sections.

Don’t worry – it will be an adventure and a worthwhile one at that!

The Conor Pass - Ireland's Highest Mountain Pass
The Conor Pass - Ireland's Highest Mountain Pass
Great Blasket Island
Great Blasket Island

No. 3: Explore the most westerly island group in Europe - the magical Blasket Islands

Three miles west of the tip of the Dingle Peninsula, the Blasket Islands rise spectacularly from the Atlantic Ocean. The most westerly point in Europe – next stop America! The islands are renowned for their magnificent beauty, rugged wildness and their historic, cultural and literary heritage. Sadly, due to persistent emigration, the last of the island’s inhabitants left in 1953.

It is one of our favourite places to go and we do our best to visit at least once per year. There are great walks, an abundance of marine life and sea birds, diverse flora and fauna, and an amazing history which guides on the island passionately recount. It is a special place. As soon as you land on the island, you feel like you have stepped back in time. There is just something magical about sitting on the magnificent golden sandy beach of the Great Blasket Island, watching the seals run in and out of the turquoise blue water as you look back on mainland Ireland.

While the Great Blasket Island remains uninhabited today (if you discount the seals, donkeys, sheep and rabbits that is!), it remains a splendid place to visit.

You will find details of all the boat operators who provide trips landing on OR sailing around the Blasket Islands on our Blasket Islands & Eco Tours / Sea Safaris page.

No. 4: Eco Tour / Sea Safari Experience around Dingle Bay

Our guests rave about and we highly recommend taking to the water for a unique Eco Tour / Sea Safari experience along the breathtaking coastline of Dingle Bay. It is a memorable experience. You will take in the caves, cliffs, various rock formations, and hear some local history as you make your way for a close up view of the Great Blasket Islands.

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled throughout the trip. The waters around the Blasket Islands are a haven for marine mammals and birds. Sightings are obviously subject to seasonal fluctuations but it is  not uncommon to spot Dolphins, Seals, Whales (Minky, Humpback, Fin, Killer / Orca), Basking Sharks, Puffins (March – July) and other marine life.

You will find details of all the boat operators who provide Eco Tours / Sea Safaris on our Blasket Islands & Eco Tours / Sea Safaris page.

Dingle Eco Tour / Dingle Sea Safari
Dingle Eco Tour / Dingle Sea Safari
Hiking Dingle's Slea Head Drive
Hiking Dingle's Slea Head Drive

No. 5: Experience some of Ireland's Best Walking & Hiking Trails

When it comes to walking and hiking, one word describes the Dingle Peninsula – PARADISE!

Dingle is a top destination for outdoor adventurers, attracting climbers, walkers and hikers from all over the world each year. Whatever your level of ability, you’ll find a route that is perfect for you in Dingle – from more strenuous ridge walking to more gentle slopes, cliff walks, beach walks, forest walks, etc.

Regardless of what route(s) you choose, you are sure to find yourself immersed in an amazing landscape. You will be breathing in the fresh sea air, listening to the thunder of the waves and the call of the birds, surrounded by a wonderful variety of flora and fauna and most likely passing by some magnificent archaeological and ecclesiastical sites that are dotted throughout the Dingle Peninsula.

To help with your planning, you will find some of our favourite hikes here on our Best Walks,  Hikes & Trails in Dingle page. 

No. 6: Immerse yourself in Ancient History

The Dingle Peninsula boasts the greatest concentration and variety of archaeological sites and monuments in Western Europe, stretching back over the past 6,000 years. Helped by the peninsula’s remote location at the edge of Europe, and lack of specialised agriculture, there is an incredible preservation of over 2,000 archaeological sites and monuments. It is impossible to visit the Dingle Peninsula and not be impressed by its unique and expansive archaeological heritage.

History buffs will be in their element on the Dingle Peninsula. Set off and explore beehive huts, ogham stones, ring forts, ancient castles, monastic sites, oratories, medieval monasteries, etc. Aside from the various archaeological sites and monuments there are also great number of other attractions for you to enjoy. These include the Blasket Island Heritage Centre, Dún Beag Fort Visitor Centre, Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, Gallarus Oratory Visitor Centre, Díseart Visitor Centre, etc.

If you do have an interest in exploring the archaeology of the Dingle Peninsula, we would highly recommend doing a tour with one of the specialist local operators such as Sciuird Archaeological Tours.

Sciuird Archaeological Tours
Archaeological site on Slea Head Drive
The Blasket Island Heritage Centre

No. 7: Visit the enthralling Blasket Island Heritage Centre – Ionad an Bhlascaoid

The architecturally stunning, Blasket Island Heritage Centre & Museum, is situated on the Slea Head Drive, in Ireland’s most westerly parish – Dunquin.

You will enjoy a unique and immersive experience that celebrates the extraordinary legacy of the Blasket Islanders, the tiny Irish speaking community who lived on the Great Blasket Island until the mid-20th century. Delve into the heart of Irish culture, literature, language and history.

Life on the Blaskets was difficult. People survived by fishing and farming and every day involved a struggle against the elements. Emigration and decline led to the final evacuation of the Great Blasket in 1953. The Great Blasket population left a massive cultural footprint. The island authors documented the life of their community in a series of books that are invaluable social records and classics of Irish literature.

The Centre, which underwent an extensive €2.9m upgrade in 2021/2022, features a fascinating audio-visual presentation and a series of imaginative interactive exhibits on various aspects of the history and culture of the Great Blasket. It is a Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Point and a highlight of any visit to the Dingle Peninsula. The site also incorporates a spectacular and fully accessible clifftop viewing platform that offers dramatic views of the Blasket archipelago and the Atlantic coastline. A restaurant / coffee shop that boasts fantastic views of the islands is also located on-site.

For further information visit:

No. 8: Best of Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance

The Dingle Peninsula is home to many of Ireland’s most famous Traditional Irish Musicians, Singers, and Dancers. We are fortunate that each night, sessions with music, song and dance spring up in bars all over the town. Nightly entertainment ranges from Traditional Irish Music,  to Ballads & Folk Songs and even world champion Irish dancers. Ramble through the colourful streets of Dingle and listen out for what takes your fancy!

Away from the pub scene, the Folk Concerts at St. James Church are hugely popular and a top recommendation of ours. Hear some of the Dingle Peninsula’s best musicians / singers, in the comfort of a small intimate venue with incredible acoustics. Concerts take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 19.30 to 21.15 (100 seats).  Tickets can be purchased online at:

Other Voices Dingle
St. James Church - Venue of the hugely popular Folk Concerts
Freshest of fish being landed daily
Freshest of fish being landed daily

No. 9: Enjoy Dingle's Iconic Foodie Scene

The Dingle Peninsula is developing into one of Ireland’s top culinary destinations. In fact Dingle Town is a recent winner of the Irish Restaurant Award ‘Foodie Town of Ireland’ which recognised Dingle for great dining experiences, and an active food culture. The Dingle Peninsula is well known for award winning bars, cafés, micro breweries and an independent Distillery along with a wide variety of artisan food producers.

For a town of it’s size, Dingle has a remarkable clutch of top restaurants. Menus are dominated by locally sourced produce with offerings to suit all palates and all budgets. For seafood lovers, Dingle is a haven – with fresh fish being landed into the town’s port on a daily basis you will be spoilt for choice!

The hardest part is deciding where to go – but we will happily help you with that.

No. 10: Savour Dingle's Vibrant Nightlife - Pub Crawl

You don’t just pass through Dingle – you need to experience it. Dingle is renowned for it’s vibrant nightlife – filled with bustling pubs that come alive at night. The atmosphere is relaxed with a lovely mix of locals and visitors alike. The pubs are unique and each one is no more than a stone’s throw away from the next. No neon signs here – it’s all old world traditional charm with interiors that have been untouched for decades! Expect open fires, flagstone floors, cozy snugs, quirky decors and of course the best of traditional Irish music and dancing every night of the week. We’ll give you plenty of pointers to some of our favourites. 

If you are feeling thirsty – enjoy a point of the black stuff or one of our local ales. Alternatively, perhaps you will be tempted by one of the offerings from the town’s distillery such as Dingle Whiskey, Dingle Gin or Dingle Vodka.

Behind the counter of one of Dingle's night time establishments
Dingle Falconry Experience

No. 11: An intimate encounter at Dingle Falconry Experience

Located a stones throw away from Cill Bhreac House, you can stroll down to the highly regarded Dingle Falconry Experience. 

Located in a beautiful setting overlooking Dingle Bay, you will get to enjoy an intimate and educational encounter with their majestic birds of prey. You will get to interact with and hold beautiful birds including Eurasian Eagle-owls, Irish Barn Owls, Harris Hawks, Falcons and Orla, the majestic Golden Eagle (once extinct in Ireland since 1912).

Experiences must be pre-booked in advance. Individuals, couples, families, groups, and private experiences all catered for. For further information and to reserve your space visit:

No. 12: Local Brewery / Distillery Tour Experiences

Dingle Peninsula boasts it’s very own independent distillery and micro breweries where you can visit, take a production tour and talk to the makers.

Guided tours will take you through all aspects of production and better still…you will get the opportunity to sample some fantastic produce (craft beers, Dingle Gin, Dingle Vodka and Dingle Whiskey) in the location where they are made!

Dingle offers you a wealth of brewhouse / distillery experiences for both the connoisseur and the novice to enjoy. For further information and bookings you can check out the following websites:

Dingle Distillery
Dingle Horse Riding by the Sea

No. 13: Horse Riding with a Magical Scenic Twist

The Dingle Peninsula provides an incredibly scenic backdrop to enjoy the exhilarating freedom experienced while horse riding or pony trekking. From treks along the shores of golden sandy beaches, to treks up soaring mountains with stunning bay views, it is no wonder that the opportunity to ride by horseback is one of the most popular activities here on the Dingle Peninsula. It is an activity that is treasured by both locals and visitors alike. What a way to connect, via the leisurely pace of your horse, to the abundance of natural beauty that is ubiquitous here on the Dingle Peninsula.

Check out our Horse Riding on the Dingle Peninsula page for further information and for contact details for all local horse riding centers. 

No. 14: Kayak the tranquil waters of Dingle Bay

Dingle Harbour provides an idyllic sheltered setting for an unforgettable sea kayaking experience.

Take the unique opportunity to experience the majestic seascapes and wildlife of Ireland’s South West coast. Paddle through the waters of Dingle harbour, past Dingle Lighthouse, through the headlands, and explore the cliffs and many sea caves. Sunset kayaking trips also available.

Suitable for families (10+), individuals or groups with all levels of experience catered for. Super warm and buoyant specialised equipment all supplied. 

For further information and to make a booking visit:

Dingle Sea Kayaking
Hold a Baby Lamb in Dingle

No. 15: Hold a Baby Lamb

Its the simple things in life that create the best memories. Hold a baby lamb is no exception. If you are lucky, you will arrive at feeding time and can even help out bottle-feeding one of the cute lambs. A fun stop off as make your way around the Slea Head Drive.  

For further information visit:

No. 16: Be Enthralled by the Fascinating Sheepdog Demonstrations

Set in a spectacular coastal setting on the Slea Head Drive, visit an authentic Irish working sheep farm. Observe a live performance of a local sheep farmer skilfully herding his flock of sheep with his team of well-trained Border Collies; while hearing all about the valuable work they undertake throughout the year on the mountains and hills of the Dingle Peninsula. Young and young alike will be enthralled and enraptured by the Collies skills and enthusiasm.

For further information visit: OR

Dingle Sheepdog Demonstrations
Humboldt Penguins at Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium
Humboldt Penguins at Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium

No. 17: Be Enchanted by Underwater Life at Ireland's Largest Aquarium

Dingle is home to Ireland’s largest aquarium – ‘Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium‘. This is a fantastic opportunity to get up close and personal with some fascinating marine life.

You will get to experience Dingle’s enchanting underwater world, learn the wonders of the ocean, and see the magnificent sharks, cute penguins, adorable otters and an abundance of other exotic fish species.

For further information and to make a booking visit:

No. 18: Try the World's Fastest Growing Watersport - Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Why not try the world’s fastest growing watersport, Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP), while you are in Dingle. A combination of kayaking and surfing, you stand on your board and with a single paddle propel yourself through the water.

This is a really fun way to take to the water and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Dingle’s sheltered harbour provides the perfect setting. Trips are designed for novice and skilled paddlers alike, and your skilled tour guide will take you through everything you need to know to be confident in the water. All equipment is supplied.

For further information and to make a booking visit:

Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Dingle
Dingle Cookery Schools 'Catch & Cook' Experience

No. 19: Catch, Cook and Eat the Freshest Meal of your Life!

Learn loads, enjoy great company, and create long lasting memories on Dingle Cookery School’s unique Catch & Cook Experience.

In this most memorable experience, jump onboard a local fishing boat and set sail around Dingle Bay, catch some fish and then return to Dingle Cookery School where you will learn how to cook it up to perfection. You then get to sit down and relax with your delicious creation and enjoy the freshest meal of your life!

For further information and to make a booking visit:

No. 20: Admire the creations of one of the world's greatest stained glass artists - Harry Clarke

Harry Clarke (1889 to 1931) was undoubtedly Ireland’s greatest stained glass artist and indeed is one of the foremost stained glass artists of all time. During his short life, Clarke created over 160 stained glass windows for religious and commercial commissions throughout Ireland and all over the world.

In 1922, Sister Ita Macken, commissioned Clarke to design and install 12 stained glass windows (6 sets of two Gothic style lancet windows) in the convent chapel here in Dingle to represent the life of Christ. For the princely sum of £1,000, Clarke set to work and in 1924 installed a most magnificent series of windows. 

Clarke’s windows at Bewley’s Oriental Café in Grafton Street, Dublin attract hordes of visitors each year but the lesser known series of windows at the beautiful Diseart Chapel here in Dingle gives you the opportunity to view an even more impressive display. For further information visit:

Harry Clarke Windows Dingle
Dingle's Shopping Streets

No. 21: Enjoy the best of Local Arts, Crafts & Shopping

Dingle offers a unique shopping experience with an extensive array and variety of independently owned shops. Small workshops, galleries and studios, boutiques with personality and a quirky mix of unusual stores dominate Dingle’s colourful streets. Enjoy rambling through the streets and lanes and step inside the delightful bijou shops and small stores as you desire. You are sure to find something nice to bring back home. In typical Dingle style you’ll meet plenty of interesting characters along the way.

To help you make the most of your time, check out this page we have put together for you on the Best Shopping in Dingle.

No. 22: Embark on an immersive tour of Dingle Crystal's Workshop

Dingle Crystal is is a local, family run business, specialising in unique hand-cut Irish crystal. It features Celtic designs that are inspired by the rich heritage and breathtaking landscape of the Dingle Peninsula.

Located a 4 minute drive from Cill Bhreac House, at Dingle Crystal’s workshop, you’ll embark on a 45-minute immersive tour that takes you through the fascinating world of hand-cut crystal. You will be taken from design right through to the traditional cutting and polishing techniques used by their master craftsmen in creating one of their wonderful individual pieces.

For further information and to make a booking visit:

Dingle Crystal
Ceann Sibéal Golf Course

No. 23: Golf at Europe's Most Westerly Golf Course

The Dingle Peninsula is home to two excellent golf courses – both of which boast majestic settings.

Dingle Golf Links Ceann Sibéal: (15 min drive from Cill Bhreac House): The 18-hole Dingle Golf Links Ceann Sibeal (6,737 yards, par-72) is the most westerly golf course in Europe, and is carved from the natural landscape of one of the most unspoiled parts of Europe. Set in breath-taking scenery, the hand of Mother Nature laid down its many hazards, including natural steams and a winding burn that twists and turns throughout the entire course, long before the game of golf was even dreamt of. The course is characterised by tricky undulations and swales, the very building blocks of pure links golf. Known as the St. Andrews of the Irish southwest, the mystical qualities of Ceann Sibeal will ensure that any round played here, will be a memorable one. For further information and to make a booking visit:

Castlegregory Golf Links (30 min drive from Cill Bhreac House): The 9-hole Castlegregory Golf Club (5,876 yards, par-68) is a superb links course situated over The Conor Pass between the scenic Lough Gill and Brandon Bay. The magical colours of Mount Brandon act as a magnificent backdrop. The tranquil setting, combined with the excellent use of natural features provides golfers with an enjoyable but testing challenge. For further information and to make a booking visit:


No. 24: Fun for all the family at Dingle Golf Center

Located a stones throw away from Cill Bhreac House, you can stroll down to the immaculately maintained Dingle Golf Center. Beautiful situated on the shores of Dingle Bay, Dingle Golf Center has plenty of fun activities to keep everyone entertained in this most spectacular setting, including:

  • 18 Hole Pitch and Putt Course
  • Fungie’s Crazy Golf
  • Soccer Golf

For further information visit:

Dingle Pitch and Putt
Dingle GAA - Páirc and Ághasaigh

No. 25: Experience Ireland's No. 1 Sport at Páirc an Ághasaigh

Located in Dingle town center you will Páirc an Ághasaigh which is the home of our community’s local Gaelic Football teams, Dingle GAA (CLG Daingean  Uí Chúis). Páirc an Ághasaigh is a hive of activity on a daily basis with men, ladies, boys & girls all fielding teams and playing against other teams from all over Kerry on a regular basis. We will be happy to advise you about the schedule of games during your stay so that you can experience Ireland’s most popular sport and get a first hand experience of Irish sporting culture. 

For further information visit:

No. 26: Experience one of Dingle's Festivals

Dingle is home to a jam-packed schedule of fun festivals and events spread throughout the year. The big annual events such as the award winning community arts festival Féile na Bealtaine, The Dingle Races, The Dingle Marathon, The Dingle Food & Wine Festival, The Animation Dingle Festival and ‘Other Voices’ Music Festival have all become favourite annual pilgrimages for many.

Check out our Dingle Festival & Events Guide / Calendar to see what is scheduled in Dingle during your visit.

Féile na Bealtaine
Béal Bán Horse Races

No. 27: Europe's Most Stunning Beaches

The Dingle Peninsula boasts some of Europe’s most stunning beaches. From the spectacular sweeping curve of Brandon Bay, the seemingly endless sea and sky of Inch, to the many secluded and hidden sandy coves the Peninsula has been gifted by Mother Nature. You can easily find a deserted beach with nothing but the sound of the ocean and crying gulls for company.

No. 28: Enjoy family fun at WAVE DINGLE

WAVE Dingle (Wild Atlantic Virtual Experience) is an indoor family fun 3D immersive experience that takes you on a virtual dive under the sea, visiting the natural world of Dingle Bay, the sunken wrecks that lie off the Kerry coast, underwater mythological lands and some of the incredible creatures that inhabit our seas.

You will travel through a series of spaces housing large-scale projections and soundscapes, discovering the under-water sea life of Dingle Bay, where you meet Fungie, the Dingle Dolphin. Then travel on to explore the shipwrecks that lie beneath, and discover the perils that face those who go to sea. Enter a mythological land to uncover the myths and legends of the sea, and finally, be amazed as you get up close to majestic humpback whales and see them as never before.

For further information and to make a booking visit:

WAVE Dingle

For further ideas / suggestions we would suggest exploring the official tourism website for The Dingle Peninsula.