The Dingle Peninsula is named after the town of Dingle. It is the northernmost of the major peninsulas in County Kerry. It ends beyond the town of Dingle at Dunmore Head, the westernmost point of Ireland and arguably Europe.
Dingle Town is on the south coast the peninsula. The landmass to the south of the town offers protection from the ravages of the Atlantic Ocean. The harbour is home to the Dingle fishing fleet. The town is one of the most visited in Ireland. Its narrow streets are dotted with fine fish restaurants, art galleries, craft shops selling local pottery, clothing made from hand weaved cloth, sculptured figurines, gold and silver jewellery. The town has a large number of pubs where nightly entertainment is available, in particular traditional Irish music where musicians can just wander in and join in the session.
Even though we stayed in the area for two days, we didn’t spend much time on this peninsula. We made our way to Dingle Town after a loop around the Ring of Kerry. It is only a wee bit of a deviation from the ring to the north and west. The southern peninsula road (N86) boast some magnificent views. One noteworthy area is near Annascaul (photo below).
The town itself is very bright and cherry. The town centre was quite busy even in April. We parked at the waterfront and browsed the shops and harbor.
The Black Valley was more our speed. It wasn’t long and we were on our way back there, but not before stopping for a pint. We found Knightly’s Bar & Restaurant in Castlemaine. Pretty sure fish and chips happened at some point even though there exist no photographic evidence of the event.