The Beautiful Dingle Peninsula
The Dingle Peninsula is one of the Gaeltacht areas of Ireland, where the Irish language is spoken every day in various pockets of the area, and where traditional culture is best preserved.
It offers miles of sandy beaches, soaring mountains, narrow country roads lined with golden gorse and flowering red fuchsia, nature and beauty in abundance. Our traditional, purpose-built stables are located on the mountainside overlooking Dingle Harbour and close to the town of Dingle.
The scenery in this area is dramatic and beautiful, and our rides include miles of the finest beaches and mountain trails with unsurpassed views of the north Atlantic and rugged off-shore islands.
We recommend viewing David Lean’s film, “Ryan’s Daughter,” which will give you a full appreciation of our wonderful scenery, as we ride through many of the places seen in this film.
If you should have any questions about any of these things, or about the Dingle and the surrounding area, please email them to us and we will do our best to answer all of them.
For such a cozy town there is an astonishing choice of restaurants, cafés and eateries in Dingle. Click the “Dining Out” link to view some of the restaurants that we recommend.
Dingle is famous for its number of pubs. Click the “Going Out” link to view some of the pubs and nightspots that Dingle has to offer.
THE BLASKET ISLANDS
The Great Blasket Island is the most westerly point in Europe. It is the largest of a group of islands located off the Dingle Peninsula, and was home to a small community until its evacuation in 1953. The island has considerable literary acclaim because of the unique writings by a number of islanders. For a spectacular tour of the Great Blasket islands join the ‘Great Blasket Island Experience’. Their fast Eco Ferry takes you around the harbour and Penninsula, taking in all of Dingles magnificent landscape, wild life sightings and even Fungie, before landing on the Island. You can even stay on the Great Blasket Island in their truely unique lodgings. Visit www.greatblasketisland.net.
This contemporary art gallery shows an excellent selection of paintings and sculpture from Ireland and abroad. There are new exhibitions throughout the year showcasing artwork inspired by the surrounding area. www.greenlanegallery.com
There are very few places in the world that can startle the eye with beauty. Fewer places again can provide a mixture and variety of nature and beauty to invigorate the soul. The Dingle Peninsula is one of those places. Take a drive along the Slea Head Road and see for yourself!
Irish shore angling is among the best in Europe. Almost every type of shore fishing may be done for a very wide range of species throughout the year. Deep see angling off the coast of the Dingle Peninsula is also very popular and is some of the best in Ireland.
The Dingle Peninsula boasts some of the most challenging golfing in Kerry. There are two excellent links courses on the peninsula, both of which have beautiful sea views.
No other area in Ireland offers the variety and quality of walking trails and routes as the Dingle Peninsula. There are routes that will take you up and down mountains and hills, along beaches and strands, and across seaside cliffs. All walks in the area will give you the time to enjoy the awesome beauty of the area.
In 1984, a young bottle-nosed dolphin started to appear at the mouth of Dingle Harbour. The now world-famous dolphin has remained in Dingle since, and has become both a friend to the locals and a great “attraction” for visitors. For Fungi sightings, harbour tours, boat trips and speed boat adventures visit www.greatblasketisland.net
The Peninsula, with it’s many beaches, strands and piers is the ideal playground for the water-sport enthusiast, and has played host to a selection of windsurfing, surfing and sailing competitions. For a boat trip, fast eco ferry or a speed boat adventure visit www.greatblasketisland.net