Ireland Vacations – Dingle Peninsula County Kerry
Surfing (read about my first time surfing!)
See Fungie The Dingle Dolphin
Deep Sea Fishing
Trip To The Blaskets
Play At Heights Outdoor Rope Course
Hill Walking (Organised or Independent)
Dingle Peninsula Things To Do
There are lots of things to do and see on the Dingle Peninsula, no matter what your motivation for visiting is. Family vacations and holidays for couples are well catered for, with plenty of attractions for both.
Tips For Visiting The Dingle Peninsula
It’s fair to say it will probably rain at some stage, so make sure you have good rain gear so you can get out and enjoy the peninsula without being put off by the weather. Of course, you might get lucky, so if you don’t want to bring rain gear with you, just pick it up there if needed. The other thing you should know is that most cafés and retail shops don’t open until 10am. I’ve often seen visitors walking around Dingle town or Annascaul village wondering where to get an early morning coffee, so keep the opening hours in mind.
Dingle Peninsula Activities
Since you’re on a peninsula, you can imagine that there are plenty of beaches to visit, and there is. The standard of cleanliness on these beaches tends to be very high, with most achieving the blue flag beach rating. For those visiting from abroad who are used to paying to access beaches, you’ll be happy to know it costs nothing to feel the sand between your toes on the Dingle Peninsula.
Watersports Lessons and Equipment Hire
Activities such as surfing, kayaking and boating have really caught on over the past six to eight years, and there are plenty of qualified water sports instructors offering lessons and equipment hire on several blue flag beaches around the peninsula. In my experience, the lessons are excellent and delivered to a high standard. The cost of lessons and or hiring equipment is affordable; for example a wetsuit and surfboard will cost you around €10 to hire for around 2 hours (the duration seems to be pretty flexible).
You can access surfing lessons and equipment hire on Inch Beach, and around Brandon. You can hire paddle boats, rowing boats and kayaks around the Maharee’s, Castlegregory.
For those who enjoy sea kayaking you can go on a tour from Dingle bay that will probably be joined by Dingles friendly Dolphin Fungie, who took up residence in Dingle Bay several decades ago and has become quiet a celebrity since. This guided kayak tour will bring you around the sandstone cliffs of Dingle where you’ll see views most visitors never see, including a trip through a sea cave for good measure.
Other water sports growing in popularity include windsurfing, kite surfing and paddle boarding. The people taking part in these activities tend to bring the their own equipment and are at an advanced skill level.
There are countless walks and trails to explore on the Dingle Peninsula, like The Dingle Way, hikes over the mountains around Annascaul, and of course a climb of Mount Brandon. There are many more looped road walks and less challenging hill walks to explore.
If you’re visiting for the first time and want to do some hill/mountain hiking, it’s advisable to go out with an instructor. There are plenty of qualified and experienced walking guides around.
Dingle Peninsula Tours
The Dingle Peninsula was described as the ‘most beautiful place on earth’ by The National Geographic. It’s true that on a single day you can experience every season, and see amazing colours illuminating the land, sea and sky. Sometimes you just have to stop what you’re doing and take a moment to wonder at constantly changing scenes. It’s well worth taking a coach or bus tour of the peninsula. This is a great way to find out about this south westerly part of Ireland that is steeped in history and rich heritage.
New Tour Coming Soon!
We will shortly be announcing a new and unique heritage tour on this website so keep tuned.
Things To Do Indoors
Okay, on the off chance that the rain is down for a few days, you may wish to enjoy some indoor activities. Check out the Play At Heights indoor climbing walls. This is a popular facility that is suitable for children and adults, beginners and advanced climbers. I bring my 4 and 6 year old there regularly and they both enjoy climbing the wall. There’s also a soft play area that kids enjoy so it’s definitely worth checking out.
There is also the Dingle Ocean World, full of native and exotic fish, you get a day pass for your entrance fee and this is one the kids enjoy every time. Find out more here.
Ballyferriter Museum is a must visit for anyone interested in finding out more about the Dingle Peninsulas history and heritage.