On Monday April 27th Jay and I, along with various guests will be leaving Cloghan Castle and traveling down to the town of Dingle, located 30 miles south south-west of Tralee in County Kerry on the Dingle Peninsula. It is one of our favorite places to be in Ireland. The scenery is spectacular as you can see from the various pictures we have taken on previous visits. Originally founded as a town in the 13th Century by the Fitzgerald and Rice families, it became the second largest port on the west coast of Ireland and conducted extensive trade with France and Spain. Today it is still a fishing port and many of the town’s inhabitants make their living from fishing and farming, though there is definitely attention paid to tourism now. To us, Dingle still retains it’s small town charm, yet has plenty of good shopping, great restaurants and many pubs in which live music can be found every night. Some of our favorite pubs are John Benny’s, Dick Macks, O’Flaherty’s and An Driochead Beag.We are excited to be staying at the Waters Edge House in Dingle. This is a new self-catering apartment which looks quite nice. However, if you’d like a full breakfast cooked for you, a traditional B&B might be the way to go. I’ve listed several good B&B’s on our accommodation page.
While in Dingle, we have planned for us all to go on an archaeological tour of the peninsula with Sciurid Tours. The tour will depart at 10:30 view four or five archaeological sites and return us to Dingle town at 1 pm. The cost is 20 euro per person.The Dingle Peninsula has been continuously inhabited for 6,000 years and has an impressive archaeological heritage with over 2000 preserved monuments. If you are interested in reading more about Dingle’s history and archaeology and would like to get a preview of some of the sites we’ll see on the tour, take a look at this article written by one of the owners of Sciurid Tours.