The colourful fishing town of Dingle boasts many attractions and there is always something fun to do with cultural events throughout the year including food, music, film and arts festivals. The town is surrounded by natural beauty with beaches, mountains and rivers to explore. If this already hasn’t persuaded you to book one of our Stylish holiday lets, Dingle town, then I don’t know what will!
With over 50 pubs in the town, there is always a bit of craic to be had and live music every night. Dingle was named Ireland’s Best Foodie Town in 2014 so food lovers will be in heaven! There are so many good restaurants especially serving freshly caught seafood it is hard to just name a few, but you’ll find some of our favourites on the Stay YNA travel guide. The Dingle Food Festival takes place every year over the first weekend in October and attracts thousands of visitors for its taste trail, demonstrations, wine tasting, workshops and entertainment. There is also farmers market on Fridays with all the award winning local produce Dingle has to offer on sale.
Dingle has long been associated with the arts too; it has the Beehive theatre, an arts cinema, numerous bookshops & literary events and its fair share of successful galleries showcasing local artists and artworks. The town is also an outlet for the very best of contemporary and traditional Irish art, craft and design in the south-west of Ireland. Visitors can buy handmade ceramics, glass, crystal, Jewellery, Wooden crafts, Prints, linen, knitwear and woven goods as well as traditional Irish musical instruments.
Dingle is in the gaeltacht (Irish speaking region) of the Peninsula and you will hear the Irish language spoken all over town and the surrounding villages out west. There are so many cultural activities in Gaeilga, every year students come from all over Ireland to join in the rich programme of events.
Not many visitors would leave dingle without an encounter with Fungie the bottlenose dolphin. He arrived in the harbour back in 1984 and decided the make the town his home. He has become a major attraction for visitors and locals alike and while most dolphins swim in pods, Fungie seems to prefer hanging out with humans rather than his own species and accompanies every boat that sails in or out of the harbour. Book a fungie tour here.