Dingle, a charming port town in the Republic of Ireland that’s small in size, but big in impact. Located on the spectacular Dingle Peninsula, this tour destination boasts the most wonderful, jaw-dropping and rugged scenery overlooking the ocean. The lush green neck of land extends out into the Atlantic, and is said to be one of the finest locations in Ireland for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors.
It is an off the beaten track region with traditional charm to make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time, and it has easy access to beautiful nature. Foodies will also be thrilled to know that over the years, Dingle has risen as one of Ireland’s gourmet capitals.
Dingle Oceanworld is one of the town’s biggest and best indoor attractions. If you’re bringing the whole family on an adventure tour, the kids will love the 9m underwater aquarium. Meet the Gentoo Penguins, see Sandtiger Sharks in action, and much more.
Visit Dingle Bay if you’re an adrenaline junkie or outdoor enthusiast. Experience kayaking, dolphin watching, or enjoy a coastal hike with glorious views back on dry land.
Swimming with Fungie is one of the top activities to do on a tour to Dingle. Fungie is the local dolphin and he’s extremely friendly to tourists.
The Blasket Centre is a heritage centre and museum dedicated to honouring the community of people who lived on the remote Blasket Islands until 1953. You can also take a boat tour to the islands from Dingle Bay.
Explore Gallarus Castle, one of the few preserved fortifications on the peninsula. Dating back to the 15th Century, the castle no longer retains it battlements, but the interior has been conserved and is fully accessible. Don’t miss Gallarus Oratory, which is also located close by.
The Dingle Crystal Workshop appeals to anyone who appreciates fine local craftsmanship in glasswork. Dingle Crystal was founded by master craftsman Sean Daly, a previous student at Waterford Crystal.
If you’re staying in Dingle overnight, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the local atmosphere. It’s positively buzzing despite being a small town in one of Ireland’s more remote parts. The stretch of the peninsula makes you feel a million miles away from modern civilisation, and the town’s traditional-looking buildings are like a different world. But there’s so much going on here.
There are three main streets to explore in Dingle; Main Street, Green Street and Strand Street. These principle roads are lined with pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes, boutiques and shops. It’s hard to get lost, so feel free to wander around without a care. The centre of the all the action can be found in a small cluster on the eastern end of Strand Street. This area is close to the waterfront, and is a good spot for a top night out.
For food fans, there’s a huge choice of both local and international cuisine, and trying the freshly caught seafood is a must. Oysters are refreshing in the summer, and warming clam chowder is a winter favourite. If you’re looking for fine dining, you won’t have to search far. Restaurants pride themselves on creating exciting gastronomical experiences using the best local ingredients. There’s even a culinary school here, confirming its status as a foodie capital.
The peninsula itself offers outdoor enthusiasts endless countryside, much of it untouched and incredibly scenic. There are around 2,000 archaeological sites on this slice of land too, including the Dún Beag Fort, the Reask Monastic Site and Kilmalkedar Church.
If you want a half-day hike, take the trail up Mount Brandon, where at the top, you will be rewarded with 360 degree panoramic views of Dingle Bat and Castlegregory village below.
The summer months are the peak season, as the weather will be warm and sunny enough for a whole host of outdoor pursuits. You can expect highs of 18°C or 19°C in June, July and August with long daytime hours to enjoy. But the high streets of the town can also be very busy at this time of year. If you love the bustling tourist atmosphere, then this is a wonderful time to experience daytime shopping and Dingle’s nightlife. But if you want a quieter trip, spring might be more suitable. From March to June, the surrounding scenery gets lovely and lush, and the average daytime temperature starts to climb.
September and October can get a little windy, but it’s still a fantastic time to visit and there won’t be as many tourists around. Winter brings heavy rainfall, but it never gets too cold. Avoid arriving in January if you want to make the most of attractions and shops as this is the off-season.
A number of our tours feature the charming town of Dingle as a part of their itinerary, giving you full access to the wild bay area, numerous walks and trails, and historic attractions found on the peninsula. Dingle is one of the best hidden gems on our adventure tours, and the tours also take you through Co Cork, The Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher and Lahinch, as well as Galway and Dublin.
We can organise an overnight stay in Dingle, with morning kayaking at the bay and much more. To see the full itinerary details, check out the tours below.
Join us as we visit many of Ireland’s best loved landmarks and off the beaten track hidden gems.
Overland Jewel is a relaxed style tour that focuses on authentic experiences that capture the real Ireland.
Think castles, picture perfect villages, epic scenery and allow us to introduce you to our friends and partners throughout the country.
Enjoy very light activity including walking tours and kayaking (which is optional). Jewel Tours are perfect for going at a smoother pace.
This is Ireland unfiltered!
Welcome to Ireland’s wilder side!
Put a bit of zing into your Ireland adventure with Overland Zest.
This is for those who want the perfect mix of a relaxed style tour with some activities included to bring up the thrill factor.
Our activities range from hiking, kayaking, surfing, biking and much more.
In fact, if there is something that we have not listed but you would love to do just let us know and we can organise from there.
Relax… we’ve got the adventure covered.
Dingle is a quaint and quirky destination, one that’s often overlooked when planning a holiday to Ireland. It can easily be overshadowed by the capitals, Dublin and Belfast. But if you’re looking for an off the beaten path adventure, we recommend adding Dingle to your list of places to go.
Booking a tour with us means that all your Dingle travel and local activities will be pre-organised by us, and you won’t have to do any of the driving. Making it ideal for anyone travelling as a family or in a group, or couples who want to spend their time outdoors.
If you would like to find out more about our tour packages, or you wish to design your own bespoke tour, get in touch with our team today.
My wife and I joined an adventurous tour of the West Coast of Ireland, where in the space of what seemed a short time we had the opportunity to kayak, surf, hike, sip gin, climb Croagh Patrick and absorb the culture, cuisine and folklore of some fantastic Irish towns and cities. All of this done via a small bus with an outstanding guide, Marie, with a knockabout sense of humour.
Highlights included running gauntlets in a kayak on the Dingle peninsula, walking the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, and climbing the revered Croagh Patrick to the little church atop. All this done with a great group of people and in unprecedented hot weather.
Peter – TripAdvisor Review
I did a lot of research on companies and friends recommended the Ultimate tour of Overland Ireland. It was a 10 day trip along the Wild Atlantic Way and followed the West Coast of Ireland. With limited driving times each, some light activities, beautiful scenery and a great guide we had a trip of a life time. Because they keep the group sizes small we were able to visit places where the bigger busses could not go which just created something special. My favourite place was the Dingle Peninsula where we kayaked with the local dolphin which I cannot remember the name of. Staying two nights in Dingle was great as we had the time to proper explore this great little town. We had a demonstration of the best Irish dancer in Ireland and I got to hold a baby lamb which I will never forget. Our guide Jimmy was so knowledgeable, flexible and easy going. All in all a great trip and I would really recommend this this tour and company.
Lisa – TripAdvisor Review