The Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry is one of my favorite spots to vacation in Ireland. Dingle Town is a thriving port where visitors enjoy warm hospitality, delicious meals, traditional Irish music, and even a chance to see "Fungi", the resident dolphin, who lives in the bay and performs alongside the boats out for a tour.
Dingle Peninsula is just north of the well-known and heavily traveled Ring of Kerry. A scenic car, bus, or bike trip on Slea Head Drive takes us along a winding road with spectacular views of the bay leading to the Atlantic. You can also look for the Dingle Way Walking Tours online.
Bikers and hikers will have no shortage of possibilities on Dingle Peninsula. The "Dingle Way" walking trail goes through fields and hilly terrain as well as more level areas of the countryside. Mount Brandon is one of the highest peaks in Ireland and is a satisfying trip for the ambitious hiker.
Conor Pass, which starts in Dingle Town, is a roadway you won't want to miss. It winds higher and higher adjacent to Mount Brandon and down again leading to the village of Castlegregory on the north side of the Peninsula.
You will find traditional Irish music nightly in many of the pubs and restaurants in Dingle. It's great to have a meal of fish and chips and stay for the music. Visiting with the people of Ireland is always the highlight of any trip to the Emerald Isle.