Spare Time in Dingle and Travel Tips

Here's a few suggestions...

Arrive a few days early
The renowned Dingle Food Festival runs from 29th and 30th September, 1st October 2017.
If you miss it then then one of the courses from the Dingle Cookery School with sessions such as "catch and cook" where you can go sea fishing then cook your catch!

Make sure you know where you are
A 'must-do' when visiting Dingle is to take the Slea Head drive stopping off at the fabulous Blasket Heritage Centre with unmatchable views and history and heritage information and exhibition.

Take a Tour
If not driving of renting a car then there is an excellent airport shuttle and tour service
Dingle Shuttle Bus

Vist the Penguins (& Otters!)
An amazing Polar Exhibition at Dingle Ocean World which includes lots of penguins. They also have some huge sharks in their massive main tankDingle Ocean World

Stay a few extra nights on the Peninsula
Two places we've tried before and are a great base for walking. Both are opposite the Three Sister's located in Ballydavid and have great accomodation and restaurants:

Gorman's Clifftop House

The Old Pier

Spend some time on (or in!) the water

Dingle Bay Charters
Offer lot's to do including yacht hire, sailing lessons, boat trips in the harbour and beyond to Valencial and the Blasket Islands as well as Eco Tours of the surrounding coastline and Sea Angling

Dingle Marina Dive Centre
Learn to Dive!

Dingle Horseriding
Go horsriding!

Eat some fabulous food
Dingle has an abundance of cafes, bars and restaurants to suit every purse and pallet. Some of our favourites are below and the comments are just our opinion:

  • Best for lunch: Geaney's Bar, Main Street (snacks and more substantial courses including traditional Irish dishes and good 'pub grub')
  • Best for family:
    The Diner (pizza & burgers plus daily specials), Holy Ground
    Lord Bakers, Main Street (reliable and consistant menu with a good choice of fish and meat dishes. Very welcoming to families).
  • Best for fish, only fish and nothing but fish: Out of the Blue (total fish menu, and none fried and not a chip in site)
  • Best for dinner:
    The ideal visit to Dingle has at least 4 nights in it so all of these can be enjoyed!
    The Half Door, John Street (for the ultimate feast the finest local produce cooked to perfection - be sure to be very hungry on arrival!)
    The Chart House (good all round menu, good value and never disappoints)
    Global Village, Goat Street (mmmm! closest thing in Dingle to Michelin fine dining - exceptional)
    Sizzlerz, Main Street (Bistro style, something for everyone and very reasonable for excellent quality)

Travel Suggestions & our tips
Sailing: If travelling from Holyhead and go for one of the early ferries but don't fancy driving in the early hours then Hotel Cymyran is just a few miles from Holyhead port but in a very quiet spot and has a bar and restaurant too.

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