Things to do
The classic links course at Ceann Sibéal offers an outstanding challenge for golfers of all abilities. This is just a 20 minute drive from Dingle Town where the 18 holes skirt the Atlantic Ocean. Reduced Green Fees at Ceann Sibeal are available to all residents of the Dingle Skellig Hotel. There is also a Pitch and Putt course just a 5 minute drive from Town.
There are many marked walking routes in the area and it is a great location for hill walking and cycling. The most popular are The Dingle Way and the Pilgrims Route.
Archaeological Tours, Sites and Monuments
The Dingle Peninsula is rich and dense in archaeological monuments. There are almost 2000 sites spanning from the Mesolithic period right up to Cromwell’s time. One can lose oneself in the stories of ancient folklore and mythology at the stone circles and passage tombs or marvel at the ingenious architecture of the famous Gallarus oratory. This is one of the finest examples of an early Christian church in Ireland and is renowned for being built entirely without mortar and yet never having leaked a drop of rainwater in. One may also examine the unique Ogham Stones which are scattered all over the area, the Beehive huts, ancient monastic dwellings or the various castles and forts around the area. One may choose to explore the rich soul of Ireland, which shines in these sites independently or with a local guide. There are a number of options when booking an archaeological tour but most tours focus on small groups between four and ten people and may be booked in advance
Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium - Mara Beo
Dingle’s aquarium, Dingle Oceanworld is situated along the seafront and provides an interesting activity for all ages particularly on a rainy day. Situated near Dingle Harbour this interactive centre takes the visitor on a journey beneath the ocean, coming face to face with Reef Sharks and deadly Piranha. It is also home to the “Polar Penguin Exhibition” which houses 12 Gentoo Penguins, the 3rd largest penguin species in the world and can reach swimming times of up to 40 km per hour. The aquarium also introduces the visitor to the many species of fish in our waters and one can meet Molly the Turtle, hold a starfish and stroke the rays. One can also attend the daily feedings during the summer season and experience the Amazonian jungle feature. All in all Oceanworld is a fantastic fun day out for all the family.
The Slea Head Drive
The Slea Head Drive on the Dingle Peninsula is one of the most spectacular areas of natural beauty in the world. This area which was the setting for the famous film Ryan’s Daughter has enchanted its visitors for many years. It is worth spending a couple of hours on this drive, stopping to enjoy the breathtaking scenery, the dramatic cliff face at Coumeenole strand or white sandy beaches along the coast.
Fungi - The Dingle Dolphin
Fungi the dolphin, has been Dingle’s favourite resident since 1983. His story has touched the hearts of the many visitors who come to see this bottle nosed friend each year. What is so unusual about Fungi is that he has remained within the bay, despite the trait of his species to constantly travel. This wild dolphins choice is to live within the community of the harbour. Visitors may like to take a boat trip out to see the playful antics of Fungi who is a born entertainer, jumping and splashing around the boats who visit him each day. These boat trips are run by approved boatmen and may be booked from the point of departure at the head of the pier. Alternatively, one may choose to swim with the dolphin.
Sea fishing trips are available departing from the head of the pier where a booking office is situated. The best time for these trips is between March and September. Angling is also available in the locality.
The marina facilities in Dingle make an ideal berth for sailing enthusiasts or novices who may choose to take part in sailing courses introducing them to the joys of sailing and also the waters of Dingle. These are available for all age groups.
There are a number of equestrian centres in the environs of Dingle town where riders of all abilities may partake in treks either along sandy beaches or rolling hillsides.
The Dingle Peninsula presents the visitor with unique shopping opportunities. Here you can source unique gifts and produce which is indicative of the area's custom and culture. The streets of Dingle and the surrounding villages are filled with beautiful shops and workshops selling bespoke art and craft works which cannot be sourced elsewhere. From hand-crafted Dingle Crystal and world famous Louis Mulcahy Pottery, to stunning Celtic jewellery hand-crafted by Brian De Staic, John Weldon and Niamh Utsch to the designer leather goods of Holdens, to the unique designs of milliner Kathleen MacAuliffe, there is an immense array to choose from. The streets are littered with gorgeous shops selling everything from the traditional to the cosmopolitan. So for a unique shopping experience head to the Dingle Peninsula. A number of Art Galleries are also located around the town of Dingle where you can view and purchase all types of works of art from local and national artists.
Dingle Brewing Company
Dingle’s very own Brewery is located in Dingle town and produces Crean’s Premium Lager using traditional brewing methods and using only the finest ingredients. The lager is called after local hero, Antarctic Explorer, Tom Crean who hails from the area. Drop in and take a tour of the Brewery, enjoy it’s historical tribute to the building’s origins and sample the lager for yourself.