Things to do in Dingle
If you are looking for things to do in Dingle, look no further, we have put together the ultimate guide for you with a set list of the best activities and top attractions in Dingle that will help you explore all of what Dingle town has to offer.
Slea Head Drive
Out of all the things to do in Dingle, Slea Head Drive has to come on top as it allows for some incredible Dingle sightseeing. The drive starts and finishes in Dingle town as it comes full circle. On this drive, there are many places to stop such as Ventry and its beautiful beach, Fahan, Dúnbeg Fort, Dunmore Head Viewpoint, Coumeenoole Beach, Dún Chaoin Pier, The Blasket Centre, Ceann Sibeal View Point, Clogher strand and the Gallarus Oratory. Taking into account each stop on the drive, it takes approximately 3.5 hours to complete, however, this drive is up there with the top attractions in Dingle and is one of the best Dingle tourist spots.
Drive Connor’s Pass
If you want to do more Dingle sightseeing another one of the best places to visit in Dingle is the spectacular drive on Conor’s Pass which runs from Dingle to Brandon Bay and Castlegregroy and crosses from the north to the South coast of the Dingle Peninsula. On this drive, you will witness breathtaking views of the beautiful valley below with lakes and glaciated mountains. Drivers must keep an eye out for oncoming traffic and be prepared to stop at the broader areas because there are some extremely small sections where two cars cannot pass. The peak and Peddlers Lake on the north side are the two primary viewing points. Incredible views of the Dingle Peninsula can be enjoyed from the summit's car park.
Experience Dingle by Boat
More great things to do in Dingle include experiencing Dingle by boat. Witness incredible scenery on the coastal waters of Dingle through a wide selection of boat tours that leave from Dingle harbour, Ballydavid or Ventry pier and Marahees. These tours explore Dingle Bay and take in the incredible views of Valentia Island and Carrauntoohil. See the Blasket Islands and witness many rock formations, seals and caves. If you are lucky you will also encounter magnificent sea life or spot some incredible birds. If you have kids, this is one of the greatest activities in Dingle for Dingle sightseeing.
Throughout the year Dingle Town hosts some incredible events and festivals which centre around food, language, the arts and fitness. These events include The Dingle Races in August, The Dingle Food Festival in October, Other Voices in December, and the Arts festival “Féile Na Bealtaine” in May. Smaller events also occur during the year such as walking festivals, and marathons. You certainly won't be short of things to do as this list adds to one of the many great things to do in Dingle.
Adventurous activities to do in Dingle include kayaking tours around the Dingle harbour. Kayaking is a fantastic opportunity to experience parts of the coast that can’t be accessed by land. This is a fantastic way to witness the wildlife and seascapes of Dingle. Many Dingle bays are sheltered from most weather which is great for kayaking.
Popular Walks & Hikes
More adventurous activities to do in Dingle include hiking and walking. Ballydavid cliff walk is a very popular place to hike, run and walk and do some more Dingle sightseeing. This walk brings you along the Ballydavid coastline, consists of stunning views and only takes 1 hour and a quarter to complete. Eask Tower is another great hiking route in Dingle that is well-liked by hikers. This is a relatively short hike but offers breathtaking views and the peak has a stunning view of Dingle and all that surrounds it. It takes an average of 1 hour and 26 minutes and is regarded as a bit more challenging. Overall these are great places to visit in Dingle for people who love to be active.