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Why Stay YNA Have the Best Vacation Houses and Apartments in Dingle

Vacation houses and apartments in Dingle

There are many beautiful places to explore in Ireland, and although you may have heard of some of them, you might not have considered the Dingle Peninsula. Dingle has a lot to offer for anyone looking for a break away from a bustling city, or simply someone wanting to explore somewhere new. One of the most important things when planning a vacation is deciding where you’ll stay, and here at Stay YNA we have some of the best vacation houses and apartments in Dingle for your break away.

Affordable Vacation Apartments in Dingle

From just €75 a night, we have vacation apartments in Dingle that offer you the best of style, comfort, and affordability. Stay YNA has numerous apartments, houses and homes that are perfect for friends, families, or even romantic trips away, and we’re pleased to offer them at a fair cost to you.

Planning a holiday in Dingle

Maybe you’re planning to just spend just a few nights in Dingle, or maybe you’re planning to use a longer stretch of time to more thoroughly explore the area. No matter how long you’re planning to stay, we have all the possible options for you to choose from. The variety of accommodation options we offer means that you can enjoy your break in Dingle without breaking the bank. Even if you’ve never used Stay YNA before and are used to staying in hotels for your holidays, we have vacation apartments, houses and cottages that are excellent value for money, and provide a completely different experience to any hotel. Stay YNA apartments, houses and cottages are a cost-effective option, so why not make one of our holiday homes your holiday haven?

Great Locations of Vacation Apartments and Houses in Dingle

What to do in Dingle

Not only is Dingle itself a great location, but we also have vacation apartments and houses situated within some wonderful parts of Dingle. There’s so much to see in the Dingle Peninsula that we know you won’t struggle to find things to do. From the tours and attractions, to the local restaurants, cafes, and Irish pubs. You can visit the National monument, the Gallaunmore, or simply wander down the Main Street to explore some of Dingle’s independent businesses. The small port town lends itself to weekday wanderings as well as lazy long weekends. Whether you’re from Ireland, or travelling here from further afield, Stay YNA have some of the best vacation apartments, houses and cottages in Dingle for you to enjoy. The community feel of the town is unlike any other, and we believe that your stay in Dingle will be one to remember.

Neighbourhoods in Dingle

Whether you’re looking for a vacation apartment, house or home where you can enjoy a peaceful rural escape, or you want to be further in at the heart of Dingle, we have some great options for you to consider. If you already have a good idea about where you want to stay in Dingle, you can filter our properties by searching by neighbourhood. You can even see exactly where our holiday homes are situated in by clicking on the map option when searching through our Dingle holiday homes.

The Ocean and Countryside in Dingle

Many of Stay YNA’s vacation apartments and houses in Dingle offer stunning views of the countryside or ocean. If you want to look at the rolling green hills and valleys, we have vacation options that provide that. But if you prefer being closer to the beach, we have vacation options that account for that, too. Whether you want to be in a more secluded area for a romantic escape, or you think being closer in the town is best for your family trip, our Dingle apartments and houses offer you just the variety you need. Dingle Peninsula has lots of space for both children and adults to enjoy the great Irish outdoors, and the majority of our houses also have access to gardens. Wherever you are in Dingle, the town provides an idyllic landscape with scenic views.

Unique Vacation Apartments and Houses in Dingle

Whatever your tastes may be, our Dingle vacation apartments and houses have so much choice that we know we can find the right place for you. Each of our vacation options are unique from each other, so you can have a different experience by using Stay YNA, each time you choose to visit Dingle.

Stay YNA provide apartments, houses or cottages with multiple bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, and other requirements or preferences you might have. Even if you’re looking for a vacation option with a hot tub, or a house with a large garden, Stay YNA can help. If you’d like to stay in a cosy cottage, or are looking for a more modern apartment for your getaway, we offer that and everything in between. Furthermore, we often have new high-quality, Dingle vacation apartments being added to our list, and so our list of apartments are always worth a look.

Trust Stay YNA

Here at Stay YNA we like to be as transparent as possible. That’s why all of our vacation apartments, houses and cottages in Dingle come with up-to-date photos which are reflective of each property. We also encourage our customers who have previously stayed in one of our properties to leave an honest review. That way we can see what our customers really like, and more importantly, we can give you a better idea about the place you’re planning to stay. At Stay YNA we care about making things as easy as possible for you.

You can browse the details of our vacation properties in Dingle, and if you have any questions we’re always happy to help. Just get in touch today.


Achieve Your Fitness Goals In Dingle | Dingle Rentals

Dingle Rentals with StayYNA. From Dingle Adventure Race to the Dingle Marathon and the Brandon Bay Beach 10k/Half Marathon, there are plenty of fitness goals to draw you to Dingle…and a good excuse to treat yourself to a night in the pubs and restaurants after! Here’s what you’ll want to get training for…

1. Saturday 8th June 2019 The Dingle Adventure Race

With three course options - Mini (21.5km), Sport (43km) and Full (48km) - the Dingle Adventure Race has plenty to challenge at all levels.

With three course options - Mini (21.5km), Sport (43km) and Full (48km) - the Dingle Adventure Race has plenty to challenge at all levels. 

The Mini course is a taster of the event and organisers say you don't have to be very fit—the longest running element is 5km, but I suppose for some people that counts as ‘not very fit’. Ahem…(I’m downloading a Couch to 5k app as you read this, I swear). 

The course for DAR Mini is; 1km run Dingle Marina to kayak, 1km sea kayak, cycle to Ventry 7km, Run Ventry beach 5km, cycle back to Dingle 6km, 1km run to the Finish Line. 

After the sea kayaking, the Sport route takes you on a cycle around the stunning Slea head; at Dunquin you cycle up the steep Mam Clasack, then run up the Mountain track to the summit of Mt Eagle and back.

The original, and most challenging full route starts with a cycle across the Conor Pass, and a mountain run from Cloghane to Baile Breac, a road run back to Milltown, before finishing with kayaking and a run to the finish line. 

Need to know: registration is open until 3 days before the event, but with a maximum entry of 950 people, don’t leave it too late or you will be disappointed. 

Oh and the afterparty is in Danno’s! 

Cost: €65-70 registration fee. 

See www.dingleadventurerace.com to register for the race. 

Why not book your accommodation now for The Dingle Adventure race with our Dingle rental options…

Dingle Rentals – The Cove located in Ballyferriter – Sleeps 6

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The Cove has all within walking distance - a beach, a village, a golf course, pubs, restaurants and dramatic cliff walks. The house overlooks Ceann Sibeal, the film location of Star Wars.

See The Cove Dingle rental here.

Dingle Rentals – Sonas, Located in Dingle Town – Sleeps 8

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Sonas boasts stunning interiors with the highest quality furnishings,...

See the Sonas Dingle rental here.

Dingle Rentals – Daisy, Located in Cloghane – Sleeps 4

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Daisy, fresh and bright in a beautiful private location off the beaten track. A cute traditional cottage newly renovated to a high standard.

See the Daisy Dingle rental here.

2. Saturday 7th September 2019 – Dingle Marathon

Billed as ‘Ireland’s Most Scenic Marathon’, the Dingle Marathon offers a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and a Full Marathon (26.2 miles)  course, taking in plenty of spectacular scenery along the way. It’s the one day a year when the traffic is barred from the tourist magnet roads of the Slea Head Drive—giving runners a wonderfully unique experience. If you aren’t breathless from exertion, the views you will encounter will take your breath away. 

Dingle Marathon were the proud winners of the ‘Half Marathon of the Year’ in the Running in Ireland Race Awards for the last three years in a row. 

The half marathon finishes up near the village of Dunquin, conveniently near to Kruger’s pub, for those who feel the need for a celebratory refreshment! Buses are laid on to bring runners back to Dingle town to continue the celebrations and cheer on the full marathon runners as they make their way back. 

See www.dinglemarathon.ie to register for the race. 

 

Booking up FAST! Available Dingle rentals for the Dingle Marathon –

Wild Atlantic View, Dunquin – sleeps 10

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Wild Atlantic View offers the ultimate in quality & luxury with a hot tub and the best views of Kerry’s Atlantic Islands…. Indulge yourself in its wild beauty!

See the Wild Atlantic View Dingle rental here.

The Bay, Stradbally – Sleeps 6

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The Bay overlooks the longest beach in Ireland with sparkling blue ocean and endless white sands to brighten up your day.

See The Bay Dingle rental here.

The Lookout, Ballyferriter – Sleeps 7

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The Lookout has incredible views out of every window. It is the perfect rural getaway with elegant interiors, handmade furniture and a glass balcony overlooking Smerwick harbour.

See The Lookout Dingle rental here.

27th of April – Ride Dingle!

A brand new cycle challenge launches this spring, from the same people that brought you the Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare. Ride Dingle is organised in association with Dingle Cycling Club, and supports local charities in and around Dingle. It takes for the first time on 27th April 2019 and there are two route options, of 120km and 55km cycles around the majestic Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head.

See ridedingle.com for more information and to sign up. 

Book your Ride Dingle Stay with us…

Hilltop, Ballyferriter – Sleeps 6

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Sitting on the spectacular Mám Clasach mountain pass, this quaint three bedroom cottage is set in the most idyllic countryside with glorious views to the Atlantic ocean. Hilltop is the ideal...

See the Hilltop Dingle rental here.

Ballydavid Sands, Ballydavid – Sleeps 6

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Ballydavid Sands is the cutest cottage with sea and sand just thirty metres from your door!

See Ballydavid Sands Dingle rental here.

Ard Na Mara, Castlegregory – Sleeps 7

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Ard Na Mara is a gorgeous home packed with vintage finds. The location is perfect for families with kid friendly beaches and walking distance to the shop and bar and restaurant!

See Ard Na Mara Dingle rental here.

While you’re in town…

If you’re serious about your fitness and need to hit the gym while you’re in town, West Kerry Fitness in Baile na Buaille, just outside Dingle town is the place to go. Founded by endurance athlete Shane Finn and expert trainer Mark Evans, the gym moved to its current home in July of this year. Group classes include Boxercise, Spin, X-fit, Spin and Zumba, and there is a variety of day pass, week pass and pay-as-you-go options to make the gym accessible for non-members. 


A Quick Visitor’s Guide to the Dingle Peninsula

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.

Dingle town

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.

To learn more about Dingle Peninsula and vacation apartments in Dingle we have to offer, please visit the rest of our website.


Historic Sights to See in Dingle | Dingle Cottage Rentals

Dingle is known for a number of things including the food festival, the great seafood restaurants, the views across the ocean and the quality Dingle cottage rentals on offer from Stay YNA that offer you the most wonderful, warm and comfortable surroundings in which to base your stay while you explore the amazing local historic sights. Dingle is so steeped in interesting history that you will be sure to fall in love with the place and want to come back and visit again.

Here are some of our favourite ‘must-see’ historic spots to visit while you are here:

Reask Monastic Site

The Reask Monastic Site is located two kilometres outside Ballyferriter and is an early Christian site that was excavated in the 1970s. It is most famous for its carved cross slab that includes Celtic, Classical and Christian imagery. The site contains an oratory, burial ground and signs of the people living there including dry-stone huts and a corn drying kiln.

Kilmalkedar Church

Kilmalkedar Church is in Ballyferriter and is an early and medieval site that was associated with St Brendan but was originally founded by St Maolcethair, a local saint. There’s a 12th-century church that was styled on the Cormac’s Chapel in Cashel and is one of only a few stone roofed churches in Ireland. With its Romanesque doorway and stunning green keystone, it is still an impressive place to visit.

Minard Castle

Minard Castle overlooks Dingle Bay and is one of the most picturesque castle locations in Ireland. It also contains an Iron Age ring fort and St John’s Holy Well, dating from early Christian times. It is best known for its part in the Anglo-Irish conflict in the 1650s as well as for featuring in the Oscar-winning film Ryan’s Daughter in 1970.

Today there is a rectangular tower house which was once four stories high along with various ruins, although some are too dangerous for people to explore – there is a virtual reality tour available instead. There is also the remains of the Church of St Mary which was destroyed at the same time as the castle.

For more information about our Dingle cottage rentals where you can stay to enjoy all of these sights, see our dedicated page and check availability.


Ireland renowned for its beauty, Guinness and craic, but surf?

With 3172 kilometers of exposed coastline, Ireland is a surfer’s paradise. And, there are few better places to head out than on the Dingle peninsula. With three coastlines all within 30 mins of each other, Dingle has something for everyone whether you’re a beginner or an expert.

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 Have a look at our available properties for your surf break here

Ex-professional windsurfer and ISA Senior Windsurfing Instructor Jamie Knox, has been teaching surfing and windsurfing in Dingle for well over 20 years. His watersports school is recognised by the Irish Surfing Association and the Irish Sailing Association, and his highly qualified, experienced and knowledgeable team offer surfing, windsurfing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding lessons.

[email protected] spoke with Jeremy Owen, Manager at Jamie Knox.

Jamie Knox Watersports has been around here for some time?
"We've been offering watersport tuition for well over 25 years, Jamie fell in love with the area, and it’s wind and waves in the late 80’s and never looked back."

What makes Dingle so good for watersports - particularly at this time of year?
"Autumn wind and waves can be awesome and the water is still pretty warm"

Wheres your favourite place to surf/windsurf in Dingle?
"Brandon Bay on the north side of the peninsula has lots of great spots that work in different swell and wind directions."

Are the waters of Dingle safe for children to do watersports in at this time of the year?
"You always need to be careful around the sea as it can change very quickly, we’d suggest seeking a sheltered beach with no waves if you want to swim. if in doubt ask a local or pop into our surf shop on the maharees and ask."

What do you and Jamie enjoy about teaching?
"Just seeing people achieve something new and the smiles, they always seems to end up smiling in the end"

What do you like to do afterwards? Do you go for a beer or something to eat?
"The Green Room (just past the surf shop) is a great place for an apres windsurf/surf drink, Spillanes on the Maharees is a great spot for a bite to eat and Dingle has loads of great bars and restaurants to cater for all tastes and budgets."

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Take a look at some of the fantastic properties we have to rent for your surf season..

Ard Na Mara

Free for October  - 50E off 3/4 nights or 100E off 5 nights or more. 

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Little Liss Cottage

Cute cottage perfect for a surfing break overlooking Brandon Bay. Available October with 50E off 3/4 nights or 100E off 5 nights or more! 

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Wine Strand House

Stunning luxurious stay that will not disappoint! Perfect for groups and discounts for stays in October and November. 

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Seascape

Sea views near to Dingle town on Smerwick Harbour. Discounts available for October and November surfing season. 

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Endless Sands

Right on the beach with watersports. Discounts available October and November. 

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Salone House

Very short walk to Brandon Bay beach. Stunning designer pad, couldn't wish for more form a surfing pad! Discounts apply for October and November. 

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DINGLE FOOD FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS 2018

Dingle-dweller Deanna O’Connor on the foodie highlight of the year in Dingle (in fact in all of Ireland!)

You weren’t in Dingle for the first weekend in October? You were missing out! It’s the time of year for the annual Dingle Food Festival—and considering that Dingle bears the title of top foodie town in all the land, it’s quite an event.

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Every year, food experts descend on the town a few days in advance of the Festival to judge the national food produce awards (Blas na hEireann - Taste of Ireland). You’ll know winning products as you’ll see the medal on emblazoned on their packaging.

There is also a series of talks and panel discussions, which, if you’re in the food industry, are a must-see. Along with talks on pitching, selling and financial planning, this year’s speakers included Aoife McElwain, author of Slow at Work, with an inspiring talk about mindfulness, which made a big impression on some of those entrepreneurs who were burning the candle at both ends.

Before the madness of the festival took over the town, I grabbed a quiet corner for a chat with Dee Laffan, a renowned food journalist and editor of foodandwine.ie, who was one of the judges for Blas, about why she loves to visit the Dingle Food Festival every year.

The Sights and Smells

The Food Trail is one of the highlights of the Festival, taking place across the town between 1pm and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. The books of tickets for the Food Trail are available from the Festival HQ on Main St, beside Geaneys pub, priced at €20 for a book of 9 tickets (each ticket is worth €2 and the final €2 goes towards the cost of running the festival). The book of tickets which will allow you a tasting plate or cocktail in each of the participating establishments and street stalls—luckily the sun seems to know to come out for the Food Festival so you can wander the streets and enjoy the music and street performances.

I wish the technology for Smell-O-Vision was invented because it would be the best way to give you a sense of the festival. Driving into the town the first place I passed was the Fish Shop, which was serving seafood barbecue and a chowder for their Festival Food Trail dishes, priced at 2 tokens for the barbecue and 1 token for the chowder. But I couldn’t stop, firstly because there was no parking (your best bet is to park out of town and take the shuttle bus in) and secondly because the Food Trail tokens are the official currency and I needed to get down to HQ to buy my book of tokens before I could start!

There is so much choice to taste. A popular favourite every year are the kangaroo skewers, but if like me, you couldn’t bring yourself to eat poor Skippy, then there is everything from a huge choice of seafood, delicious local oysters, vegetarian options, raclette…the best thing to do is follow your nose! 

STOP PRESS... Don't miss out, book early for the Dingle Food Festival 2019!

The Dingle Food festival us being held on Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October 2019  so book early if you want to stay in the coolest, boutique homes in the heart of Dingle town and on the Dingle Peninsula. https://www.stayyna.com/dingle-cottages/

A variety of cookery demonstrations take place in the somewhat unusual location of St James’ Church on Main St—it’s better known as the concert venue for the famous Other Voices music festival, but this weekend, it plays hosts to chefs including Wade Murphy from 1826 Adare, JP McMahon, chef patron of Galway’s Michelin-starred Aniar restaurant, and Jean Marie Vaireaux of Dingle’s Out of the Blue.

There are also lots of free concerts, events and parties for all the family to enjoy—this year’s activities included everything from workshops on fermenting, whiskey tasting and herbal remedies, to fun Zumba for kids and adults, yoga focusing on digestive health, and Sing Along Social (like karaoke, but everyone in the pub joins in!).

Go Eco!

Be sure to get your hands on the eco-friendly Food Festival kit which contains reusable bamboo plate, bowl and cutlery, for €10. There are rinsing stations on the street where you can clean them off before you go for your next course—it’s a fantastic innovation, started when people counted up the number of plastic single use plates that were used.

STOP PRESS... Don't miss out, book early for the Dingle Food Festival 2019!

The Dingle Food festival us being held on Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October 2019  so book early if you want to stay in the coolest, boutique homes in the heart of Dingle town and on the Dingle Peninsula. https://www.stayyna.com/dingle-cottages/

 

 

 


Family Fun with Fungie – free trip with every half term booking!

*Free tickets to see Fungie the Dingle Dolphin for a family of four when you book 5 nights or more in Dingle with us. Offer available for bookings for stays until 4th November.  Email [email protected] after booking to claim your tickets. Have a look at our available properties here.

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Treat the kids to an action packed holiday filled with exciting activities and attractions this half term. Whatever the weather, rain or shine, Dingle has you covered for a family friendly getaway. 

Shell Collecting in Brandon Bay

Situated on the northern side of the peninsula, Brandon Bay, has a number of beaches popular with swimmers, surfers and shell collectors alike. It's officially Ireland's longest unbroken beach at 17km. Even on a chilly day it's worth a visit to watch the kid's faces light up as they find Anemones, fish fossils an huge crab shells. Don't forget a bag to bring home your treasures!

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Dingle Outdoor Play Park

Opened in 2017 the Dingle Play Park is a fantastic place to let the kids burn off some energy. It features a nautical travel theme and rubberised flooring. The play ground is very friendly with locals and tourists enjoying the craic as the little ones kick up their heels!

Famine Cottages & Animal Petting

The Famine Cottages were built in the mid nineteenth century and originally housed the Long and then the Kavanagh family in Fán, Ventry County Kerry. The family lived in this house during one of the worst famines to strike Western Europe – The Great Irish Famine. The largest of the cottages was inhabited up until the 1950’s when the last of the Kavanaghs (Tomás Ó Cíobháin) left the cottage. The cottage has been preserved in its original format and stepping inside the house will give the visitor the true experience of the environment the local people had to live in during famine times.

Look out of the Beehive hut at the back or the larger cottage. The farm is also home to some super friendly animals who will come up for a head scratch!

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Indoor Climbing Wall & Soft Play

With it's HUGE soft play area and one of Ireland's best indoor climbing walls this is the perfect place to take the children on a rainy day. The indoor climbing wall soars up to 12.5 meters high and allows rock climbing of all levels.  Explorer's World cater for complete beginners up to expert climbers.

Pony Trekking

Feel the wind in your hair as you you to ride on the magnificent Dingle Peninsula, a haven for beach riding and mountain trekking.

Dingle Horse Riding was founded in 1989 as a small, family-run business based in Dunquin on the Dingle Peninsula. The idea was to cater to those people who wanted to see the area on horseback rather than by car, bus, bicycle, or on foot.

By 1998, the operation had outgrown its base in Dunquin, and purpose-designed stables were built in Ballinaboula, just a mile outside of Dingle town. The move enabled the further expansion of the business, and once settled into its new base of operations, it grew from strength to strength, building on its good reputation. Now, 25 years later, Dingle Horse Riding is one of the most popular destinations for horse riding holidays in Ireland, offering inclusive, residential, and post-to-post equestrian adventures.

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Paddle Boarding

Surfs up, dudes! Billabong & Irish Surf Association approved, Dingle Surf School runs daily lessons for adults and children leaving Dingle at 9:30 (and 13:00 peak season) over the breathtaking Conair Pass in their free surf bus - ALL year round. If you can already hold your own on a board, then they can offer the best daily rates on surf equipment for hire.

Fungie The Dolphin

See the fabulous, Fungie, the Dingle Dolphin for free with our fantastic half term offer! Free tickets available for a family of four when you book five nights or more in Dingle with us. Offer available for bookings for stays until 4th November.

Gen up on all the Fungie Facts here!

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FAMILY FUN WITH FUNGIE!

Spot Dingles Darling Dolphin with a free trip with every half term booking!

Take a look at some of the fantastic properties we have to rent....

Ballydavid Sands

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Seascape

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Hilltop

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The Break

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Wine Strand Beach House

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Ard Na Mara

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Top 3 Seafood Dinners in Dingle

Dingle-dweller Deanna O’Connor on where to go in search of Dingle’s finest fish dishes.

Every time I think of the phrase ‘seafood dinner’ I have a little laugh to myself because it reminds me of the fight scene in Anchorman, where Champ goads Ron Burgundy saying, “I will smash your face into a car windshield, and then take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out for a nice seafood dinner and never call her again.”

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I do love a nice seafood dinner—partly because it’s not something I don’t often cook at home because I hate when the house smells fishy, and partly because when you’re eating out, a light seafood course leaves plenty of room for dessert! 

Ireland’s Atlantic coast provides a wealth of wonderful seafood and the restaurants in Dingle are serving up the freshest catch daily from local fishing trawlers and Kerry fishermen, so it really is a seafood lover’s paradise.

Sheehy’s Anchor Down

For the best value, I’m a big fan of Sheehy’s Anchor Down (3 The Colony, Dingle, Phone: +353 66 915 1545). Before getting into the restaurant business the Sheehy family were already running a fish shop, so you know they’ve got the best supply in town!

Of course the menu may vary depending on the catch but to give you an idea of the treats in store, recent mouth-watering specials have included John Dory in almond butter served with asparagus, potatoes and salad, and my personal drool-inducing favourite, a seafood platter featuring monkfish, salmon, plaice and scallops.

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Doyles

Ask any Dingle native what their favourite restaurant is, and there is a strong chance they will say Doyles on John Street. Run by chef and proprietor Sean Roche, Doyles is a must-visit for the seafood lover, and while there are a few main course options for those who aren’t fish fans, seafood is really a strong focus of the menu here. From Black Sole on the bone to seafood linguine and Spanish-style fish stew, all the classic favourites are there. For something a little different, I love the flavour combination of the Duo of Scallops & Organic Pork, a delicious take on the surf ’n’ turf concept with seared Atlantic scallops, crispy pork belly and black pudding. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

Out of the Blue

Ask me what my favourite seafood dinner in Dingle is, and it’s probably Out of the Blue. It might look a bit like a shack from the outside, but all the foodies (and a few celebs) that pass through town flock here. It has a strict ‘No chips, and nothing frozen’ policy and serves up delicious and innovative dishes. I love the zing of home-cured & smoked salmon with pickled ginger and grapefruit for a refreshing starter, to get my taste buds’ attention and gear up for the gluttony ahead!

But we can’t just leave it there…

Those might be the best when it comes to sit down dinners and slap up grub, but there’s a new kid on the block which is perfect if you want to grab a quick bite. Newly opened, The Fish Box, on Green Street, serves up the freshest of fish from their very own fishing trawler Cú Na Mara.

For an all-out treat try their eponymous ‘The Fish Box’—deep-fried prawns, monkfish, fish of the day and calamari with homemade chips, tartar sauce and sweet chilli jam; priced at €14 takeaway or €16 to eat in, it’s a classy take on takeaway.

TAKE THE MEMORIES HOME

If you’ve loved your dinners out in Dingle, famed as Ireland’s No 1 foodie town, then make sure you pick up the Dingle Dinners cookbook before you leave, so you can recreate some of the favourite food of Dingle chefs at home.

Here, Stella Doyle, founder of Doyle’s, shares one of her favourite seafood dishes to cook:

Pasta with Dingle Bay Prawns in White Wine and Saffron Sauce

Serves 6

600g / 1lb 5oz linguine


200ml / 7fl oz / ¾ cup + 4 tsp white wine


pinch of saffron


75g / 2 ½ oz / 5 tbsp butter


600g / 1lb 5oz Dingle Bay prawns


2 garlic cloves, crushed


60ml / 2fl oz / ¼ cup cream (optional)


squeeze of lemon juice


salt and freshly ground black pepper


2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

METHOD

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente.

Steep saffron in white wine.

Heat a knob of butter in a large pan, let sizzle, add prawns and fry until they change colour, 1–2 minutes. Take prawns out and set aside.

Add the garlic, sizzle but do not brown – about 30 seconds. Add the wine with saffron, bring to the boil and let reduce by half. Add the rest of the butter and cream, if using, a squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper to taste. Add back the prawns and reheat, add the parsley, toss into the pasta.

Dingle Dinners – From the Chefs of Ireland’s #1 Foodie Town compiled and edited by Trevis L. Gleason, published by The Collins Press, price €24.99. It is available from all good bookshops and online from www.collinspress.ie

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SEPTEMBER BY THE SEA

Dingle-dweller Deanna O’Connor chats to Pádraig Murphy of Murphy’s Bar on Brandon Pier about his favourite things to do this month…

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The summer months are a buzz of activity on the Dingle Peninsula, but September is a great time to visit, when things quieten down a little, and you get the traditional good weather that always seems to kick in the week the kids go back to school.

Murphy’s Bar in Brandon sits right on the pier, looking out to sea, and their outdoor tables are a great place to while away a sunny afternoon, with a pint of the black stuff and a delicious crab sandwich. The bar has been in the family for five generations, since the 1890s and is now run by Pádraig Murphy. The local man lets us in on some of his favourite things and insider tips.

My favourite thing about this time of year:

“I love September, less crowds and less traffic. The days are still long enough and some of September can be lovely weather too. People in bars and restaurants have more time to interact too, which is definitely a plus.”

My favourite 'by the sea' activity:

“Paddle boarding—I love getting out on the water here in Brandon and looking up at the mountains.”

Insider tip:

"My top tip around here is to bring walking boots and rain gear! There's something for everyone, from Mount Brandon to Sás Creek Loop and even the beautiful valleys of Loch a'Duin and Macha na Bo.”

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Favourite place for a swim:

“Cappagh Beach at high tide is great for a swim. It's also fab at dawn if you have an eye for photography.”

Best beach for a walk:

“Fermoyle is a beautiful long sandy beach, but it’s north facing so bring a windbreaker!”

Best view:

“The top of Mount Brandon is a challenge but if you get the right day with good visibility you can see to Galway and Mayo. It's spectacular.”

For more see murphysbarbrandon.com

 

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

StayYNA’s Amanda says, “My favourite thing in the world is to eat one of the famous crab on brown bread open sandwiches, at Murphy’s Bar, whilst watching all the activity on Brandon Pier and taking in the view. (They even made me a packed lunch for the plane!) Then go for a walk on Brandon beach—it goes on for miles and we collected the most incredible anemone shells.”

 

GET ACTIVE

From your base near Brandon Pier there are lots of fun activities to try, and the mild September weather is still pleasant for water sports.

  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Ed and Oona at Wild Sup Tours will have even the most nervous beginner confidently paddling away in no time. With the attraction of dolphin-spotting off Brandon Head, you’ll have plenty of motivation! wildsuptours.com
  • Surfing: Jamie Knox Watersports operates out of the Maharees in stunning Brandon Bay - I dare anyone to watch the inspiring video on his website and not have the urge to don a wetsuit afterwards. jamieknox.com
  • Horseriding: There is nothing in the world quite like the feeling freedom of galloping along a sandy beach. O'Connor's Horse Riding Maharees offer a selection of one- and two-hour beach ride experiences, although galloping is not guaranteed—go for the evening session dedicated to experienced riders if you want more than an ambling pace. beachhorseriding.com

 

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Open For Business; TRIPSTER

As anyone who visits Dingle knows, it's a haven for arts, crafts and independent shops. And, just when we thought the shopping couldn't get any better, TRIPSER opened selling stunning travel retro Irish posters. [email protected] talks to PAULA FARRELLY the creative force behind behind Tripster.

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So, how did this all start?

"I have been a collector of travel posters since spending some time in the south of France in my early twenties. Then when I first came to Dingle I opened an antique shop and one of my best sellers were retro travel posters which Paul Henry was commissioned to design. Earlier this year I decided to do a selection of retro travel posters inspired by places I've been and iconic areas where I live."

 

 

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Are the posters all designed by you?

"All the designs are original work. They begin as hand sketches which are then developed into digital artwork."

Why now? Why have you opened the shop now?
People of all ages are travelling a lot more and want to bring something home that will remind them of good times, memories with family and friends. Travel posters also make a good visual impact in your home as they are quite colourful and stylised.

Have you been busy since opening?
Its been really busy since I opened and the feedback has been huge.

TRIPSTER is located upr. Green Street
Website coming soon but if you'd like to get in touch with Paula you can contact here on
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Win! Win! Win!

We're giving one lucky reader a chance to win one of Paula's stunning travel posters. All you have to do is email in a picture of your favourite place that you've travelled to and we'll pick a random winner!

 [email protected] use Poster Competition as the subject line

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