When thinking of cities or towns in Ireland there’s a good chance that a small Gaelic speaking fishing town on the tip of a peninsula named Dingle is not one of the first places that pop into your head.
But Dingle, Ireland might be one of the best hidden treasures I’ve ever come across.
Daingean Uí Chúis.
Dingle is on the westernmost tip of Ireland and Dingle Town has a population of less than 2000 people.
Out of all my Off The Beaten Path Locations this one seemed like the furthest from any big city civilization.
I was originally taking a train from Cork to Tralee.
From there I took a 70 minute bus ride into Dingle.
The entire ride from Tralee to Dingle was absolutely magical.
Once you’re within 30 minutes of town the scenery outside the windows is breathtaking.
Gigantic green rolling hills overlook the Atlantic Ocean.
Tiny little villages and cottages in the middle of all the emerald hues seemed like something out of a fantasy story.
Dingle Peninsula Loop.
Besides eating, drinking, and relaxing one of the things you can do during your visit to Dingle is drive or bike the 30 mile loop of the peninsula.
Along the way you’ll discover a lot about Dingle’s past.
A well detailed map or a Rick Steves’ guidebook might be the best way of explaining what you’re looking at.
You will come across many old houses, churches, stone huts, and amazing views during the whole journey around the peninsula.
The Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman movie Far And Away was partially filmed in Dingle and some of the locations in the movie are also along this loop.
I was only in Dingle for one night so I didn’t indulge in the food as much as I would have liked.
I did hear great things about the Out Of The Blue seafood restaurant, so I had to check it out.
It’s wise to book reservations in advance, but if you’re there right when they open(5:30PM) they can usually get you in.
The front of the building has awards on it for Best Seafood Restaurant in Ireland, so I knew I was in for a treat.
There’s also a chalkboard out front with the Menu on it, however it’s always changing due to what was caught that morning.
This certainly wasn’t one of the cheapest restaurants I’ve been to.
Therefore I only had a starter; caramelized squid in lime and garlic sauce.
It was absolutely worth the awards out front.
Dingle might not be filled with much to do but it’s a place I wish I would have stayed longer.
It will always be a destination I must visit whenever I am back in Ireland.
Next time I will go with a bigger seafood budget and more time to relax and just enjoy the scenery.
Have you ever been to Dingle, Ireland?
What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below.
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