Travel — Ireland Southwest Ireland
— Dingle Bay & Dingle Peninsula
— Best Time To Visit
— Fun Things To Do
Dingle Bay & Dingle Peninsula Dingle Peninsula, once cited as "the most beautiful place on earth" by National Geographic, is located north of Dingle Bay, on the rugged southwest coast of County Kerry (see map below). At 30 miles long and up to 12 miles across, the spectacular peninsula sits on the westernmost point in Europe.
Watch Fungi, the Dingle Dolphin
The small fishing Village of Dingle on the West Coast of Ireland is home to a friendly Dolphin named Fungi, who seems to prefer the company of humans to his own kind :)
Home to over 2,000 archaeological sites, the picturesque Dingle Peninsula area is scattered with forts, Bronze Age standing stones and pre-historic huts. One of the area's most famous (and oldest) attractions is the Gallarus Oratory — shaped like an upturned boat, the small 8th century church was built with tightly packed stones, using no mortar or cement.
Dingle's Irish name is Daingean Uí Chúis which, to fit on signposts, is generally abbreviated to An Daingean. Dingle is an Gaeltacht ( Irish Speaking area) of Ireland.
There are other Gaeltacht areas in the west of Ireland in Galway, on the islands of the coast and in Donegal, however most signage is in both English and Irish.
Visitors are drawn to Corca Dhuibhne (Irish for the Dingle Peninsula) for its natural beauty, Irish culture, traditional music, and historic sites. Several famous movies were filmed in this beautiful countryside, including "Ryan's Daughter," "Far and Away" and "Leap Year"... to name a few.
The town of Dingle is regarded the prettiest in all of County Kerry. Dingle Bay and the Dingle Peninsula make a great Day Trip from Cork or Killarney.
Centrally located in County Kerry, Killarney is also an ideal starting and finishing point when visiting the nearby Ring of Kerry (one of Ireland's most popular and scenic destinations).
— Fun Things To Do There's a lot to do and see on the scenic Dingle Peninsula. Fun attractions include:
- the town formerly known as Dingle; fishing harbor
- take a ferry from the Dingle Marina to the Great Blasket Island to walk, hike, swim and visit the old village
Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium
- see Ireland's largest collection of sharks
- Built in the Iron Age, on a sheer cliff, it's one of the most dramatic archeological sites on the Dingle Peninsula
- Ireland's most westerly point, facing the Atlantic Ocean — it can be seen from the Slea Head scenic drive
- 15th century castle; one of the few surviving castles on the Dingle Peninsula
- medieval stone church; the area's oldest and most famous attraction
- 12th century Romanesque church, Alphabet Stone, Ogham Stone, Sundial and Stone Cross
Riasc Monastic Settlement
- ruins of 6th century monastery and carved stone
- life-size crucifixion site and spectacular view of Blasket Islands. The Slea Head scenic drive offers dramatic mountain and seascape views — it's one of Ireland's most photographed areas
Sightseeing & Tours
Killarney is located in County Kerry, in Southwestern Ireland. See the ruins of Aghadoe, Gap of Dunloe, Ross Castle, Muckross House and Gardens, Torc Waterfall and spectacular views of the famed lakes of Killarney.
Take a FUN Full-Day Tour of The Ring of Kerry — one of Ireland's top tourist attractions.