The spectacularly beautiful Dingle Peninsula in southwestern Ireland has been referred to as one of the most beautiful places on earth by National Geographic Traveler and was voted one of the top destinations in the world by Trip Advisor. The Dingle Peninsula is full of rugged, untouched, awe-inspiring scenery; as well as an historic and archaeological treasure trove dating from the prehistoric Neolithic age to the Celtic pagans. Although the green, verdant summertime is the height of tourist season, CNN recommended it as a favorable winter destination, and it is known as one of the top ten places to be on New Year’s Eve.
Dingle Peninsula is known as a gaeltacht, or a place where Gaelic (or Irish) is spoken, and a national park for the preservation of the traditional ways of the Old Irish culture. Travelers to the scenic Dingle Peninsula may feel like they are taking a step back in time, where people are generally a happy, friendly lot; where traditional farming and fishing are still the norm; where the arts and crafts of generations past are kept active today; and where the pubs of the last centuries are still happily pouring pints for locals as well as travelers. Visitors to Dingle Peninsula will find the stunning coastline on the shores of the beautifully clear Atlantic Ocean a dramatic outline of the rugged green terrain surrounding craggy mountains in the interior of the peninsula. Full of character, fishing and market towns and villages, each with its own personality, heritage, and ambiance; are great for exploring.
The Dingle Peninsula is easily explored by hiking, biking, car, or bus. Hikers and backpackers can experience the miles of sandy beaches between stunning rocky cliffs, the beautiful hills and mountains, and the remote archaeological sites. Bicyclists often travel the Slea Head Drive from Dingle, which is a circular route around the peninsula also used by cars and bus tours, which includes many attractions and spectacular views on the western part of the peninsula. Automobiles are able to easily traverse the peninsula, but there are a limited number of petrol stations, and travelers need to make sure to fill up before setting off. Many who wish to take in the sights led by a knowledgeable tour guide prefer daily bus tours.
Accommodations on the Dingle Peninsula are plentiful and wide ranging. Different types of lodging include bed and breakfast at country homes, farmhouses, and town homes, guesthouses, hotels, hostels, camping and caravan sites, and self-catering accommodations. Prices range from luxury to budget, so there is something for everyone. Besides sightseeing, the Dingle Peninsula offers many activities, such as sailing, fishing, festivals, arts and crafts, golf, traditional music, pubs and restaurants, or on the other hand – peace and serenity. And every visitor should stop to see Fungie, the friendly resident bottlenose dolphin, at Dingle Bay.
All in all, the Dingle Peninsula deserves every accolade given to it. The breathtaking scenery, the friendly villages, and the remarkable ancient historical artifacts; all combine to make the Dingle Peninsula an amazing destination to visit.
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