We have been to Dingle several times and I loved every single time! While it can be a sleepy little town in winter, from spring onward that quickly changes with several festivals starting off. Here are my 7 reasons to visit Dingle.
1. There are so many quirky little shops
You can spend all day strolling through Dingle browsing the shops – you will find everything from art, jewelry, pottery to clothing and much more.
2. Dingle Food Festival
There is a festival for everyone in Dingle – Dingle Walking Festival, Arts Festival, Dingle Trad Festival and many more. But the one I enjoy most clearly is the Dingle Peninsula Food Festival. Plenty of workshops, presentations and of course plenty of food. Many of the restaurants offer special menus and there is a great farmer’s market as well. Plenty of Artisan food and drink! What’s not to love?
3. The Scenery – Slea Head Drive
Road trip anyone? Narrow, winding and bendy roads, a road trip you’ll remember for all the right reasons. Traveling from place to place sometimes on single lane roads and along part of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way will leave you with a sense of adventure and fulfillment – an incredible driving experience.
From the Slea Head Road you can see out onto Ireland’s most western point – Dunmore Head and beyond to the Atlantic Ocean. We stopped so many times to take photos – the scenery is breath taking.
Dingle harbour is the perfect place to take a light stroll early in the morning or later in the evening. The water is so calm and reflects the beautiful colour and formations of the clouds. There are kayaking tours and dolphin & whale watching tours available – and there are definitely on my list of things to do next time I visit!
5. The pubs
Of course the pubs! Dingle Town pubs are full of life come evening time. Local brews are served over the bar by friendly bar staff, as traditional Irish music is no doubt played by one man and his guitar, to an audience of locals and tourists alike. Essentially they’re as colourful on the inside as they are on the outside. We love Dick Mack’s! There are many remnants of the pubs and the owners (MacDonnell shoe business – grandfather of the current owner) previous life everywhere in this pub.
And of course the Dingle Pub!
6. Dingle Distillery
Dingle Distillery was founded in 2012 and has been becoming more and more popular over the years. Besides gin and vodka, the first Dingle whiskey bottles were released late last year. Under the Irish law, whiskey must age for three years before it can be sold as whiskey. They offer tours and tasting and if you like a good drop, it’s definitely worth visiting!
7. The Beaches
Dingle has a wide variety of stunning beaches. We loved Inch Beach, which is popular all year for surfing, horse riding, swimming , strolling and exploring.