If you catch the right weather, a day in the harbor-side town of Dingle is the perfect break when travelling the Ring of Kerry or Slea Head Drive along the west coast of Ireland. Laid back and welcoming to tourists, Dingle is a great place to pause and reflect on the “kingdom” as Kerry is affectionately known by the Irish. Seeing the Dingle peninsula in a day can be done, but stay in a Dingle bed and breakfast if time allows.
Dining out in Dingle
Dingle is a charming town that really comes alive at night. There is also no shortage of places to eat with menus open to all budgets. Seafood lovers shouldn’t miss Out of the Blue, a waterside restaurant serving only the freshest of catch. Land lovers be warned – this is the only solely seafood restaurant on the Dingle peninsula. Dingle also has no shortage of pubs which line the harbor and offer the typical pub grub as a more affordable option.
A Dingle Dessert
Dingle is home to Murphys Ice Cream, a local shop that has been serving the hand-dipped dessert for more than a decade. Be adventurous and try one of their unique flavours like Guinness which isn’t as dark or as strong as the black stuff, but does carry a hint of the legendary stout. Of course the normal ice cream staples of vanilla and chocolate are on the menu as well, but the friendly staff members happily offer samples of whatever blend tempts the taste buds.
Dingle’s Famous Dolphin Fungie
Fungie the bottlenose dolphin has been entertaining people in Dingle Harbour since he made it his home way back in 1984. During the summer, Fungie can often be spotted eating fish right off the harbor. The rest of the year, tour boats docked at the Dingle Pier take visitors out to the sea to try and catch a glimpse of the dolphin in his natural habitat. The boats leave regularly throughout the day, weather permitting. Every visitor walking along the harbor will be able to see the bronze sculpture of Fungie donated by a Californian in honor of Kerry’s most famous dolphin.
Dingle Bed & Breakfast
Stay overnight for the chance to watch the sunrise over Dingle Bay. Right in the heart of Dingle town sits the comfortable Quayside Bed & Breakfast. Just across the street from the Dingle marina and next door to the Oceanworld Aquarium is the Marina Lodge. Both offer comfy furnishings and a delicious breakfast to start the day.