15 Best Things to do in Dingle, Ireland

by Dhruvalakshmi Paithankar Updated on 16 Oct 2018

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Dingle, the Peninsula’s charming little capital, stays to be framed with the fishing ports and harbours. Ireland’s glossary and elegance speak loud from this place. It is the home with the land meets the ocean which adds to the highlights. Dingle, a place which oozes history will carry you to places that speaks about the past itself. The whole city weaves itself with varieties - sandy coves, wave-pounded rocks, historical richness, lush green carpeted cliffs, seafood fragrance and what not! Provided with mesmerizing scenic drives for where ever you wish to swift off. Dingle has not thwarted in any way when it comes to beauty and serene vicinity. It for surely proves a worth visiting site.

Let's explore the best things to do in Dingle:

1. Blasket Island

For the historical lovers, a visit to Blasket Island is a must. Lying 3km off the Dingle Peninsula in West Kerry, this island was inhabited for almost 300 years up to 1953 because of lack of essential services there was no school, doctor, shops or priests. The heritage centre of The Great Blasket Island is in Dunquin which is worth checking out! You can enjoy the short 20 minutes boat ferry trip from the mainland Dingle.

2. The Slea Head Drive

Slea Head Loop from Dingle town is the most famous trials one should not miss! The whole route is only of 42 km (26 miles) long and can be completed in less than an hour. It’s purely about the breathtaking sceneries and astounding vicinity. Cycling is heartily recommended to taste every inch of the view. Also because much of the route hugs the coast it makes easy to go cycling all the way.

3. Ice Creams at Murphy

The seven years old Murphy Ice cream is legendary already. Who on this earth doesn’t like ice-creams? And if we talk about Murphy, it is worth skipping a restaurant dessert to taste Murphy’s perfection. You can detect different moods from Pink Champagne Sorbet, Honey Cardamom to Chocolate Whiskey Ice creams. You will enjoy the best flavours of the cheeriest staff.

4. Get Fishy

Dingle is located in the heart of fishing town. Seafood has been in vogue since forever, and people lust for its freshness. The restaurateurs provide with the best salmon, bream, crab, sole, turbot, scallops, mussels and lobster picked as fresh as the sea. Delectable seafood dressed with seasonal greens and sauces. Oh whoa!

5. Swimming with Fungi

What moment it would be to swim with a 13 feet tall dolphin! Usually, people witness this on television shows, but a self-experience is entirely different. Fungi (Fun- Guy) was named to it by the media because of its popularity and fan following. Such a friendly dolphin! He enjoys swimming with any homo sapiens who is willing to jump and dive with it. Definitely, it would be a life-changing experience!

6. Kilmalkedar Church

Another spectacular historical site from the early-Christian period is about 8 km from Dingle. The beautiful artifacts of the time are spread over a large area of 10 acres. In the center of the city lies the 12th century Hiberno-Romanesque church. Several astonishing antiquities like an alphabet stone holed Ogham stone, sundial and large stone cross are there.

7. Inch Beach

This beach is the most dramatic and awestruck in Ireland but not the tiniest as what the name sounds. It is spectacular in a way to be starred in many movies. It gives one of the longest 3 miles golden sand runway backed by the wild dunes. It is as magnificent as any Hollywood beauty but unlike it, doesn’t cost much. To relax under the sun and live in the cool breeze of the sea, what could be better?

8. Climb Mt. Brandon

Irish mountains, with the highest peak of only 3000ft. Can be climbed in few hours. Unlike other mountain peaks where the possible view is full of other lofty heights – this is entirely different! It provides a whole panoramic view of the quarter of Ireland with a background of Atlantic stretching behind you. It is beyond words to talk about the spellbinding view. It has to be a proud witness. 

9. Play at height

Here’s to the Ireland Adventure specials! This indoor climbing wall soars up to 12.5 meter high. It provides rock climbing so that you can climb it like a pro. Further thrills include gliding, swinging, surfing, zipping and heart throbbing freefalls.

10. Gallarus Oratory

The iconic Gallarus Oratory is located in the heart of Kerry, the western tip of Dingle. Often referred to as an upside-down boat, this church was built between seventh and eighth century. A local tradition states that anyone who climbs to its tiny window is believed to travel to heaven. Its construction is found to be the techniques first used by Neolithic tomb-makers.

11. Dingle Foodies

The Dingle Food Festival takes place every year in October’s first week. It is organised by a group of natives who call it the best weekend of the year! Dingle, the fishing town, provides with mouth-watering concoctions for the food lovers. ‘The Taste Trial’ is the most popular part of the festival where the crowd can visit over 70 venues and have toothsome cuisines.

12. Ocean World Aquarium

Who does not love animals? And when it comes to marine life, we get to see a vast variety of colours under the water! Ocean world Aquarium is best known for the Sharks. You get to see them face to face through the glass and submerge yourself in the underwater world. The aquarium provides exclusive access to Sand Tiger sharks! There you get to meet the delightful Polar Penguins and even hold a Starfish.  It would be, so heart melting to live with the aquatics.

13. Skellig’s Chocolate Factory

A chocolate factory is a fairytale and dingle can make turn this tale into life! It is the only open-plan chocolate factory in Ireland. These award-winning chocolates will make you feel in love with their excellent taste. Visitors can learn about the chocolate too. This factory provides its luxury with Irish coffee, Lemon Truffle, Hot Chocolate drinks, freshly baked scones, and desserts. Its almost like a Willy Wonka dream come true – you can’t deny C'mon!

14. Go Sailing

Dingle Bay is a perfect place to charter a yacht and spend some days pottering around the myriad Island and magnificent sceneries. All the bays, inlets, shelters and harbours catch your overwhelming sight. Wouldn’t it be nice to sail around on the blues of the sea and to spend the time of tranquillity?

15. Dingle Crystal

Ireland is synonymous with crystal making, and Dingle Crystal Workshop is unavoidable. The owner and master craftsman Sean Daly has done justice with his passion. He has created some dazzling and astounding crafted pieces through 6 different Celtic Themes. The personal demonstrations and workshop tours are themselves voluminous.

A number of Ireland vacations stop at Dingle to submerge in the vicinity. A trip to Dingle remains a lifetime memory which serves you with utmost pleasure and adventure effortlessly.

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Dingle, Ireland

Must see places in Dingle ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of Dingle tourist attractions & points of interest.

  1. # 1 of 84 Things To Do in Dingle | Added 1169 times in trip plans
    Dingle Peninsula

    Address: Dingle, Ireland

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Dingle Peninsula is Ireland at its rawest. The lush spreads of green mountains and pasture lands are a soothing hug for every traveler. Tourists love to rent a car to explore the peninsula as most of ...Read more

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    Gallarus Oratory

    Address: Gallarus Oratory, Dingle Penninsula, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    The Gallarus Oratory is a 1000 year old Catholic church in Ireland. The primitive church is built from dry stones and is well preserved to this day. The Gallarus Visitor center is a perfect tourist pl...Read more

  3. # 3 of 84 Things To Do in Dingle | Added 684 times in trip plans
    Slea Head Loop

    Address: Dingle, Ireland

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The extreme western end of Ireland, the Slea Head loop overlooks the famous Blasket Island. The cliff where you can stand and capture photo-shopped looking pictures on the spot is a tourist favorite. ...Read more

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    Great Blasket Island

    Address: Off the coast at Dunmore Head, Dingle, Ireland

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Great Blasket Island is a pristine spot located in the Atlantic, off Dingle peninsula. The ferry rides to the island add more to the experience than just taking you there! Highlights Include: Dol...Read more

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    O'sullivan's Courthouse Pub

    Address: The Mall, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

    Timings: 02:00 pm - 11:59 pm Details

    Opened by an Irish musician and Texas nurse as a couple, the O'Sullivan's Courthouse Pub is a foot-tapping capital in Dingle. The best music with good food and a wide variety of beer, the pub has the ...Read more

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    St. James Church

    Address: Main Street, Dingle 353, Ireland

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    A small church located on the main street, the St. James Church is known for its soul-cleansing music performances. Tap to some of the best music you will hear in a church anywhere! Tourists love to d...Read more

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    Dick Mack's Pub

    Address: Greene Street, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

    Timings: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm Details

    One of the truest Irish places to visit while in Dingle, the Dick Mack’s is sure to make you take a big breath and an even bigger sip of Guinness while you take a walk in the pub. Heavily crowde...Read more

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    Kilmalkedar Church

    Address: Kilmalkedar Church, Ireland

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    If history should be seen again and again, the Kilmalkedar Church is the best example! The church consists of a Romanesque church with beautiful arched doors and stone alphabet ruins which have stood ...Read more

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    Irish Famine Cottages

    Address: Slea Head, Dingle, Ireland

    Timings: 09:30 am - 06:30 pm Details

    The Irish Famine Cottages were built in the 1800s. The stone cottages are a 10 minute’s drive away from Dingle town and are famous for its maintaining its characteristic design and architecture....Read more

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    Dingle Brewery Company

    Address: Spa Road, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    A tour through the Dingle Brewery is a must if you are a beer lover.  The tour highlights on the exploits of Tom Crean and how the beer is fermented to give it its characteristic flavor and appea...Read more

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    Eask Tower

    Address: Carhoo Hill, Dingle, Ireland

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Located on Carhoo Hill, the Eask Tower is a dry stone monument holding a popular wooden hand. Built in the 1800s, the tower was used to navigate sailors to the harbor. Today the Eask Tower stands tall...Read more

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    Dingle Tourist Office

    Address: Strand Street, Dingle, Ireland

    Timings: 09:15 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Dingle tourist office is the perfect starting spot to plan their visit while in Dingle. If you are travelling to dingle and are clueless of accommodation, attractions and other places of interest ...Read more

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    Connors Pass

    Address: Connor Pass, Ireland

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    If you are driving to Dingle, behold this beautiful valley terrain with a spectacular view. Located 10 kilometers away from the town centre, the Connors Pass is god’s own way of welcoming you to...Read more

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    Minard Castle

    Tags: Castle

    Address: Between Lispole and Anascaul Village,Dingle, Ireland

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    A beautiful seaside castle- one of the three built for Fitzgerald, stands in ruins next to a pristine boulder-beach. The Minard Castle is raw beauty at its best- known more so for its location that th...Read more

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    Dingle Whiskey Distillery

    Address: Dingle-Halbinsel, County Kerry, Ireland

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Dingle Whiskey Distillery is known for its smooth whiskey, vodka and gin right from the bottle. Famous for their limited production, the tour will get you familiar with the technology used to make the...Read more

Activities And Tours

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    Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Dingle12 Reviews

    Duration: 4 Hrs

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    Dingle Dolphin Boat tour4 Reviews

    Duration: Flexible

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