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Dingle Town Center On A Quiet Day

Dingle Town, with the Slieve Mish mountains at its back and a sheltered harbour with large fishing boats and Dingle Marina inviting you to the sea. Everything you need is in and around Dingle Town

In Irish it is called “Daingean Ui Chuis” which means The Fortress Of The Hussy’s, a Flemish family who came to the area in the 13th century.

Dingle is the peninsula’s main tourist centre, in full eb and flow during the summer months, but there is still plenty to discover and although everyone must see Dingle it never seems overcrowded or touristy like Killarney and (don’t tell the Killarney people) a lot classier.

The town is extremely well kept, keeping its traditional old feel about it. You must take a visit to Foxy john’s and Dick Mack’s bars and you will know exactly what I mean.

The harbour is of particular appeal with its bright fishing vessels and colourful shop and bar fronts looking onto to it, as they have done for 100`s of years.

From ground level on the harbours edge is Strand Street, which meets The Mall, from these two roads rises in a steep gradient Green Street, John Street and Main Street.

The population of Dingle Town is approximately 1300 and it serves a large growing population from all over the Dingle Peninsula and thousands more in the summer months.

Dingle is first and foremost a market town and a fishing port and as an historic fishing port it is well endowed with pubs, 52 the last time I did a pub crawl around the town, if there is any more I can’t remember.

Every one of the pubs has its own character, music, food and plenty of Craic.

There are incredible eating-places tucked away all over the town, satisfying every taste and desire. I always look forward to my favourite dish, the seafood platter from Dingle is the best in the world.

You will find plenty to do in Dingle Town, The Oceanworld, trips to see Fungi, The Blasket Centre, the Craft shops “Oh” and the Pubs. Accommodation is no problem whether it be an hotel or a good old B&B, have a look at our Kerry Gold

A rather unusual sight is next to Saint Mary’s Church in Green Street, a beautiful church fully restored to its original grandeur. In the garden of this church is the Trinity tree a carving representing the Holy Trinity- a three trunk tree with biblical characters carved into it, well worth a visit- and don’t forget the camera.

If you have any news or info on Dingle please email me at the link below and I will include it on this page, thanks.

Info On Dingle

Now I said I would include all articles sent to me, however if this visitor came to Dingle earlier on in the year he would probably enjoyed things 100% more.

Captain’s House B&B Dingle, from a holiday couple from Glasgow, Scotland

Firstly, we visited on a Saturday, during Bank Holiday Weekend in August 2004. The place was mad and most pubs had bouncers on the door later on.

Any holiday resort in the UK is the same with groups of drunken youngsters partying throughout the day and night, so we couldn’t really make a fair comment on Dingle.

OK, the positive points for “The Captain’s House” are:

OWNERS: Mary is a very happy and friendly host and always seems to be on hand to help.

CLEANLINESS: The place was spotless.

LOCATION: Very central to all the action but on a quieter side street, but unfortunately there are no parking spaces nearby.

GARDEN: Pretty place to sit and read or enjoy the sunshine.

COST: At 90 Euro this was the cheapest place we stayed in on our trip to Cork & Kerry.

However on the negative side:

ROOMS: Our room (no7) was on the second floor overlooking the garden (so far so good) but had barely a double-sized bed and not much room around it (it wasn’t possible to open either wardrobe or ensuite doors fully) which made us feel cramped rather than cosy.

ENSUITE: This was purely functional, but at 6ft 5ins the shower was rather compact!

NOISE: Noise was by far and away the biggest problem. The street noise was quite loud as the partying carried on at the funfair until about 5am. We could hear one room on the toilet, the other side was snoring so loudly we had about 2 hours sleep and the guests above arrived home at 2.30 and then sp[ent 45 minutes making more noise.

To sum up, if you are a seasoned B&B`er who sleeps well then this place would be spot on.

However, if you like large quiet rooms with a luxurious feel then Dingle may not be the place for you.


AN CONAIR: More of a locals pub with cheaper drinks and a few tables on a lawn out back.

ADAMS: A touristy bar with quite a pleasant feel

DICK MACKS: Fun themed place in the old “hardware shop & Bar style with locals singing and tourists made welcome.


DOYLES: Bustling restaurant with great service and fab food. Started with Duo of Pates (Foie Gras Parfait & Smoked Salmon Mousse) and sublime Salmon Carpaccio.

Main courses were Lobster and Poached Salmon (although underdone in the Tuna Steak style) with a great bottle of Pouilly Fume at 110 Euro.

Dingle, O`Flaherty`s Pub From A Visitor from Kailua Kona Hawaii.

If you’re looking for traditional Irish music this is the pub to go to! Great music and lots of friendly locals.

Dingle, Skellig Hotel From a visitor of County Antrim.

I arrived for two nights and stayed four. Breathtaking from the entrance doors to the Spa. Thanks for making it all possible in Dingle. The No1 hotel and the No1 Town go together. Already planning my next trip and 3 or 4 winter bargains. Meals where top class and the staff was 1st class. Felt like a millionaire from the moment I arrived till I left. Thanks to all the team down there and the boss who put it together.

From a visitor of neighbouring Cork. We stayed in one of Doyles apartments during the Dingle regatta (Curragh racing and rowing) this weekend. They are a few minutes walk up the Dingle Town hill from the restaurant and the town house and both are very cute.

There’s a living room downstairs with TV and Tea & Coffee making facilities.

As we were on a B&B rather than a self-catering basis, the kitchen door was locked for the duration!

The bedrooms where upstairs and open plan. The beds where wrought iron and very comfortable. There is an iron trouser press combo but we had to move one of the cumbersome beds in order to put the ironing board up, but that was not a real problem.

Bathroom, also upstairs, was spotless.

We ate in their restaurant on the first night. Food was OK; tables seemed too close together so there was no chance of having a private conversation, but who wants a private conversation when on holiday, we where here to have a good time and meet people.

On Saturday night we ate at “The Chart House”, absolutely fantastic.

Breakfast finishes at 9.30 am, which is miles too early for us at a weekend so we skipped it on both mornings. We got a call from the guesthouse enquiring as to whether we were going down for brekkie or not. It must have been perfectly obvious on both occasions that she woke me up. No apologies, just a surprised “No Breakfast!!”

I can see the headlines now: “Guests of Doyle’s don’t do breakfasts in Dingle”.

On checking out, she said to us “oh you are the ones who missed everything” chances are it was her French sense of humour but, as it was her first time laying eyes on us we thought it was a tad cheeky and really none of her business.

Otherwise the craic was mighty in Dingle.

Do you know who you are? Does your great, great grandfather come from Dingle or nearby? 


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