Dingle Peninsula

The Dingle Peninsula is the smaller and northernmost of the two peninsulas that make up County Kerry, in Southwest Ireland.

The landscape is wild and beautiful from the eastern spine of the peninsula in the steep Slieve Mish (mountain of phantoms) to the western end where the land breaks into a scattering of uninhabited and dramatic islands and cliffs and beaches alternate around the coast. Dingle town (An Daingean in Irish) is small enough to walk and big enough to be lively.

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Other destinations

It is possible to follow a trail to the tip of Slea Head; one of the most westerly points in Europe (excluding islands).

Understand

The Great Blasket island to the west, which was evacuated in the 1950s produced at least three well-regarded Irish language writers, the most well-known being Peig Sayers.

The peninsula has an association with St Brendan the Navigator who sailed from Brandon on the north of the peninsula to America, by way of Iceland and Greenland in the Dark Ages, in a corracle made of laths and hides. Tim Severin replicated this journey in the 1970s, demonstrating that the story was plausible.

Once described by the National Geographic Traveler as “the most beautiful place on earth”, the Dingle Peninsula is a place of intense allure, with a plethora of green landscapes, rocky hills, long sandy beaches and staggering cliff edges. The warm Gulf Stream reaches the peninsula, giving it a wonderful mixture of sometimes rare and unusual flora and fauna.

Dingle is one of Ireland’s Government-protected Irish (Gaelic)-speaking areas, called “Gaeltachts”. Dingle's Irish name is Daingean Uí Chúis which, to fit on signposts, is generally abbreviated to An Daingean. Despite this, everyone calls the town Dingle and you will be extremely hard pressed to find a single person who calls it An Daingean

Many of the towns and villages in the region have Irish names too and, as many maps use the anglicised versions of these names, visitors are advised to purchase maps that give both the Irish and English versions of all place names.

Talk

The western part of the peninsula is Irish speaking, although no-one will expect you to speak any. However all road signs referring to Irish speaking areas are in Irish only, so they might not look as they sound.

See

Inch Beach in the Dingle Bay

Do

Drink

Sleep

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