Have you ever heard of anyone not enjoy their time in West Kerry? It is quite simply, one of the world's most beautiful places. Beyond its aesthetic value, it has anam like no other. Here's where to go to get the best out of the place.

Known best for excellent food, beautiful crafts and pubs, Dingle doesn't disappoint. Beyond the town, however a little off the beaten track and deeper into the Gaeltacht, you'll discover so much more. Bain triail as do chuid Gaeilge agus tú ann, you might surprise yourself!


Arrive into Dingle and get to My Boy Blue for breakfast. Grab a coffee from the best coffee house in town, Bean in Dingle and head west.

For the most beautiful view of An Fear Marbh (The Dead Man) stop at Clogher Beach and listen to the waves crash around you.

Go as far as Dún Chaoin and call into Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir for artfully presented insights into island life and the stories of the islanders.

Stop in gorgeous Baile an Fhéirtearaigh and check out Sinéad Lough Ceramics before stopping for wonderful chowder in Murphy's.

Sinéad Lough Ceramics

For some local ancient history, visit the oratory at Gallarus. Thought to have been built around the 11th or 12th century entirely from stone, climbing inside is a real treat.

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Head back to Dingle for dinner, from casual to fine dining, there is no shortage of high quality eateries. Some of my favourites are Ashe's (for excellent pub grub), Solas Tapas, or Out of the Blue for fresh local seafood.

Finish off your night in Curran's pub where you're more likely to meet locals. Ask James Curran (the proprietor) for a song and you won't be disappointed.

The Oratory at Gallarus


This is going to be a busy one so best get well fueled up. Pop into Thyme Out and order the breakfast burrito before we get going.

If you'd like to stay around Dingle a soak up the atmosphere, there is so much to do and see. Visit the Harry Clarke windows in An Díseart, Institute of Irish Spirituality and Culture, St. James Church, where Other Voices is filmed. Take a wander into An Caifé Liteartha for local and international literature over a cuppa.

See the best of Irish design in Fiadh, a local weaver who, inspired by the local colours and textures, has brought her craft to the main stage.


Or, if you're looking to get out into nature, get your walking boots on and go for a cliff walk and see the ruins of the school where Ryan's Daughter was filmed or take a hike up Cnoc Bhréanainn will most certainly blow the cobwebs away.

Cnoc Bréanainn

If you've got kiddies with you (or if it's raining) an afternoon in the Aquarium is fascinating place to visit.

Heading west again, a walk on Coumenole will work up enough of an appetite for homemade brown bread par excellence with the most stunning views in Tig Áine.

Trá Chom Dhíneol

On the way back to town, call in for a tour of The Dingle Distillery and try their wares.

If you're after an evening of fine dining, try the award-winning Global Village or pop into The Fish Box for the freshest fish and chips.

Leave with a heavy heart but a nourished soul- ní fhéadfá an áit a shárú.

*This information has been gathered over years of experience- all of which has been paid for by the journalist.