10 Things to Do in Dingle That You Shouldn't Miss

August 10, 2017 Timmy Ribble

Perched on the hem of the Atlantic in Ireland's southwest, charming Dingle looks out over Dingle Bay to the Blasket Islands. Chock full of friendly pubs where live traditional music plays, the Irish-speaking area fills to the brim with tourists on weekends and through summer. Another regular visitor to Dingle's Gulf Stream-warmed waters is Fungi, the dolphin, the town's unofficial mascot. Popular tourist attractions include the beaches, Mount Brandon and Ballydavid and Ballyferriter villages.
Restaurants in Dingle

1. Coumeenoole Beach

Dingle, Ireland
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5 based on 167 reviews

Coumeenoole Beach

Reviewed By tiboatguy - Rochester, New York

Amazing views, nice sand, beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Not only are the beach views worth seeing but the hiking trail to the right of the parking area takes you up the hills, through the sheep, to another glorious view of the Blasket Islands. Take a picnic and spend some time soaking up the Atlantic views.
While at the beach we saw a family of dolphins heading into the bay.

2. St.James Church

Saint James Church Main Street | oposite Benners Hotel, Dingle, Ireland +353 87 284 9656
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5 based on 279 reviews

St.James Church

Reviewed By TriRidge - Issaquah, Washington

Our group went to 3 of the Irish music folk Concerts while in Dingle. We enjoyed every one of them! A good variety of musicians in terms of style and instruments. Some similarity of types of music, but all done somewhat differently. And each musician brought their own unique musical personality to the performance. The price was very low for the experience. And the setting was such that the focus was on the music & the performers. The timing of the Concerts fit those of us who couldn't effectively stay up late enough for the pub music. (We were told that Americans & especially "seniors" seem to go to bed early!) The pews aren't very comfortable, but they're tolerable for the relatively short time.

3. Eask Tower

Carhoo Hill, Dingle, Ireland +353 66 915 1850
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4.5 based on 177 reviews

Eask Tower

Reviewed By Alexandra T - Murrieta, California

There is a path to follow to the Eask Tower through pastures and along the cliff. There is a terrific view of the bay.

4. Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows

48 Green Street | Díseart Institute of Irish Spirituality and Culture, Dingle V92 VW74, Ireland +353 66 915 2476
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4.5 based on 117 reviews

Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows

Diseart Institute of Celtic Spirituality and Culture is housed in a neo Gothic building designed by J J Mc Carthy. The bulding and its artworks are open to the public for viewing. The small chapel contains 6 sets of two Gothic style lancet windows by Harry Clarke. The building is set in Gardens which contain the nuns graveyard and two upper Gardens designed by Mary Reynolds.

Reviewed By jesselodge - Charlotte, NC

My family visited here as suggested by Reading a Rick Steves book on Dingle. It was nice to see and we thought it was very pretty. But I didn't think it was necessarily the number 1 thing to see in town. It's basically just pretty glass windows that are old. I would recommend seeing if near, but wouldn't say go out of your way to come to Dingle and see.

5. Dingle Whiskey Distillery

R559 | Milltown, Dingle, Ireland +353 86 777 5551
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4.5 based on 251 reviews

Dingle Whiskey Distillery

We are producing whiskey and while that matures we also produce Dingle Vodka and Dingle Original Gin. We have tours Monday - Friday, 2pm and 4pm or by appointment. Ring the number above to book a tour with Joe Joyce. Tours cost 10 euro and last approx. 1.5 hours.

Reviewed By wannabcrtic - Ireland

Second time doing this tour, first time informative and engaging, we def had all our hopes for your success Dingle Distillery! This time not so much! Patronised for 30mins with a rambling description of a history of distillation, jumping era to era. Philosophical opinions and nothing about distillation. No information regarding the fermentation, the 3 stage distillation process and the reasons for the shapes of the copper. No explanation of the process to make whisky and why both gin and vodka is produced here. The botanicals were barely mentioned especially the fact the local herbs were used to flavour this unique gin. The process of founding the distillery was not mentioned at all nor were the founding fathers and the board and list were also totally ignored. Cherry on the cake was the sexist attitude of Joe, whose humour was from the 50's. The tour was a majority of women of varying ages who at one stage were asked 'are you all kept women' when no one felt comfortable enough to say what they did for a living. This was particularly directed at one member of the group to who joe then said 'I can see one of you is getting annoyed' towards this member and then he laughed in a rude obnoxious manner. This attitude has been noted before in reviews and I'm surprised that this continues. Dingle distillery this is beneath you and all you have achieved. Please don't alienate women we are probably one of your biggest target markets.

6. Kilmalkedar Church

Ballyferriter, Dingle, Ireland +353 66 915 1188
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4.5 based on 241 reviews

Kilmalkedar Church

Reviewed By nowpacking - Dallas, Texas

If you like the history of old graveyards stop here. the ruins of the church just add to the charm and history.

7. Gallarus Oratory

8 km northeast of Ballyferriter on R559, Dingle, Ireland +353 66 915 5333
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Gallarus Oratory

Ancient church built over 1,000 years ago.

Reviewed By jf62014 - Belfast, United Kingdom

I visited Galarus Oratory yesterday with a friend and was in awe of this ancient place of Christian worship. The gentleman present was very welcoming and happy to answer questions. I hope to go back at a time when the weather is better. Many thanks.

8. Dingle Oceanworld

Dingle Harbour, Dingle, Ireland +353 66 915 2111
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4.5 based on 767 reviews

Dingle Oceanworld

A large aquarium filled with countless species of marine life.

Reviewed By Aoife O - Cork, Ireland

They are currently renovating the ocean tunnel but don't let that stop you visiting. It is brilliant for all ages especially if you can catch an animal feeding. We saw the penguins being fed. The otters, despite having a new litter of pups, were lively and running around. There is a touch tank, sharks and turtles. It is a brilliant facility that gets better every time I visit.

Upper Green Street, Dingle, Ireland +353 86 103 1074
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5 based on 67 reviews

The Carol Cronin Gallery

The Carol Cronin Gallery is also a working studio. Visitors can see the original seascape paintings in the gallery, meet the artist and see works in progress.

Reviewed By gabriel411 - Edmond, Oklahoma

We were walking around Dingle and saw this wonderful artwork. We were amazed as we toured the shop. The light and depth of her work . Must stop .Hi Gabriel, Thank you so much for your review! I'm delighted you like the work. Call in anytime. All the best, Carol

10. Dingle Tourist Office

Strand Street, Dingle, Ireland +353 66 915 1188
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4.5 based on 206 reviews

Dingle Tourist Office

Reviewed By Betula103 - Australia

Generally Irish folk are very friendly and helpful so I was disappointed at this Visitor Centre unlike in other towns. I got no assistance, just being told to look at the pamphlets. Dingle is however a lovely town with its boat harbour and colourful buildings.

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