The Dingle Peninsula is one of the most beautiful places in Ireland in my opinion. Windy roads take you through a lush, green landscape that makes you want to stop every few minutes to take a picture. The cliffs dramatically drop into the ocean as you drive along the peninsula. Here’s what to see on Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula.
This road is a bit terrifying, as it’s extremely windy, but it provides some beautiful views. Just make sure you’re paying attention and not speeding when you go down this road. It’s one of the highest mountain passes in Ireland.
There are some pull outs, so take advantage of them to safely take pictures. Most parts of the road you can’t and shouldn’t try to pull over on.
The Town of Dingle
I loved walking through this colorful town. As in most places in Ireland, people are extremely friendly wherever you go. I’d recommend having a hotel here as your base while you do day trips out of Dingle. The Dingle Pub is a hotel and pub located on the main street of the town, so it’s convenient to stay here.
Among the more unique places in Dingle is Foxy John’s. As the sign says, you can buy your hardware and then go to the other side to have a few pints. I wonder how many home projects have gotten delayed by people forgetting their original reason for going to this store!
Of course, what would a visit to an Irish town be without going to the pub? There are plenty to choose from just on the main street. At night, many can be found with live music.
Make sure to order seafood at one of the restaurants while you’re there. Since the area is on the coast, you know it’ll be fresh. I always gravitate towards fish and chips when in Ireland, but there are plenty of other fish dishes as well.
I highly recommend renting a car when going to Ireland, but especially when staying on the Dingle Peninsula. Slea Head Drive is a beautiful drive that’s best done when you have plenty of time to stop at places along the way.
It gets really cold and windy here, even in the summer. It was actually starting to get hard to take pictures since my hands were so cold! Make sure you layer up when visiting.
There are houses sprinkled along the way, and I can’t imagine being lucky enough to live with this view. Since it’s on the coast, you look out and see the ocean for miles and miles. That’s a good way to start your day!
This is one of the more famous places to stop on the Dingle Peninsula. You’ve probably seen pictures of sheep going down this road, or more recently a car that got stuck. Don’t make the same mistake, as this is a walking path only!
This goes to a pier that people can take their boat out to go fishing or go to the islands nearby. I loved the look of the walkway down to the pier.
See Where Star Wars Was Filmed
If you’ve seen “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” some parts of Dingle may look familiar. Some of the islands in the distance were used for a few scenes for the movie.
Skellig Michael is where they filmed for the upcoming movie as well. There’s also a set in Dingle that you can go to that’s been left up for tourists.