If you have been admiring some of the gorgeous vacation apartments Dingle has to offer, you probably want to know a little more about the area. Let’s make a quick introduction – and meet the Dingle Peninsula!
The Dingle Peninsula
The Dingle Peninsula reaches from the south west coast of Ireland out 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean. The peninsula is dominated by a range of mountains that run down the middle and include the second highest mountain in Ireland, Mount Brandon. This makes for some dramatic scenery with steep sea cliffs, beautiful sandy beaches and green inland areas.
There are two main coastline areas – Inch to the south and Maharees to the north. Inch Beach is a popular place to visit for fishing, swimming and also for surfing fans. At the west end of the peninsula, there are the Blasket Islands, which have been uninhabited since the 1950s. These are often considered the westernmost point of Ireland and even of Europe. Conor Pass runs from the town of Dingle to Brandon Bay and is the highest mountain pass in Ireland.
The town of Dingle is the only town on the peninsula and is some 30 miles southwest of Tralee and 40 miles northwest of Kilarney. The town has a long history, with Ogham standing stones outside the town dating from the 4th and 5th centuries. In Norman times, the invasion of Ireland saw the town develop as a port and by the 16th century, it was one of the most important ports in the country.
There are many historic sites to see around the area including Gallaunmore, a National Monument 2 miles east of the town and St Manchan’s Oratory, dating from medical time with ogham stone that overlooks the town from Lateeve Hill. The town also has lots of places to hear local Irish music, which is a must whilst in Ireland.