The Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry

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Peace and tranquility are synonymous with the Dingle Peninsula. Life moves at an unhurried pace, but the local people are quick to offer you the opportunity to share their unique culture and heritage.

An Daingean (Dingle), a beautiful and charming fishing port, is the most westerly town in Europe and a most memorable destination. Gaily painted houses and busy streets lead you to the harbour, where you can meet Fungi, a playful bottle-nosed dolphin who cavorts for the enjoyment of everyone.

The Dingle Peninsula has the greatest concentration of archaeological sites in Ireland. Step back in time as you visit such treasures as the Kilmalkedar Church
, the Dun an Oir (Fort of Gold) and the Gallus Oratory. Shaped like and up turned boat, the Oratory is the most perfectly preserved example of early Irish architecture. The Fahan Group is a community of clocháns or beehive huts, souterrains, standing and inscribed stones, sculptured crosses, and earthen ring-forts. The beehive huts owe their name to the 5,000 year-old method of construction in which the dry stonewalls curve gradually inward.
It was from this area that St. Brendan the Navigator set out for America in the 5th Century, long before Columbus discovered it, centuries later. Nearby, the traditional fishing boats, known as Naomhógs or Currachs, are still made in the ancient manner of St. Brendan.

If you find yourself driven to explore, then begin with the Conor Pass, the highest pass in Ireland which one can drive through, that provides spectacular views of Dingle Harbour to the south and Mount Brandon to the north. Continue your adventure onto the Slea Head Drive
as it twists and turns through some of the most ruggedly beautiful landscape in Ireland, offering dramatic views of the Three Sisters and the Blasket Islands.

The land west of Dingle is a Gaeltacht
, or Irish Speaking area, where the traditional language, folk customs, crafts and lore are very much alive today. The Blaskets are the most westerly islands in Europe located off the coast. 

On the northern side of the peninsula there are many lakes, rivers and unique flora and fauna due to the marsh valley floor. Visit Loch a’Dúin, one of the most important ancient sites in the region, which contains a remarkable series of monuments from the Bronze Age. Visit the charming village of An Clochan (Cloghane) and the communities of Breannainn (Brandon).

With over 5,000 years of history, mystery and legend swirling about the Dingle Peninsula, you’ll never be left wondering what to do. Shop
for exquisite Celtic jewellery and unique crafts, stroll the awesome surf beach at Inch, enjoy a few pints while listening to a traditional music session, and take tranquility to a whole new level.
 
For more information about the Dingle Peninsula, please visit www.dingle-peninsula.ie
 
For general fishing information about the Dingle area visit www.dinglefishing.com