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The Insider's Guide to Dingle

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Our Guide to Dingle: Top Attractions, Culinary Hotspots, Nightlife, and More. Plus, Tips on Making Connections with the Locals and Finding Fun Recreational Activities

Welcome to Dingle! If you're planning to move to Dingle, congratulations on taking the first step towards a new adventure. While there are many things to think about before you leave, such as visas, housing, and transportation, it's important to remember that once you arrive, the fun really begins. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best sites, restaurants, and nightlife that Dingle has to offer, as well as provide tips on recreational activities and making friends in Dingle.

Dingle, Ireland, is a charming town located on the Atlantic coast, known for its rugged scenery, Gaelic culture, and friendly locals. One of the most popular attractions is the Dingle Peninsula, where visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, ancient archaeological sites, and charming villages. The Slea Head Drive, a scenic route around the peninsula, offers stunning views of the Blasket Islands and the chance to see some of Ireland's most beautiful landscapes.

Another must-visit site is the Eask Tower, a 19th-century stone tower offering panoramic views of Dingle Bay and the surrounding area. For wildlife enthusiasts, a boat trip to see Fungie, the famous Dingle Dolphin, is a must. The Oceanworld Aquarium is also a great place for families, with its collection of marine life including sharks, penguins, and otters.

History buffs will enjoy a visit to the Gallarus Oratory, an early Christian church made entirely of stone, and the Dingle Famine Cottage, a preserved 19th-century cottage that offers a glimpse into life during the Great Famine. The Blasket Centre, a fascinating museum dedicated to the unique cultural heritage of the Blasket Islands, is also worth a visit.

The restaurant and nightlife scene in Dingle is vibrant and diverse, with a range of options to suit all tastes. The Global Village is one of the town's most popular restaurants, known for its locally sourced ingredients and innovative dishes. Out of the Blue Seafood is another top choice for fresh, locally caught seafood. For a more casual dining experience, try The Fish Box/Flannery's Seafood Bar, which offers delicious fish and chips and seafood platters.

When it comes to nightlife, Dingle is famous for its traditional Irish pubs. Dick Mack's Pub and Brewery is a local institution, offering a wide selection of beers and whiskeys, as well as live music. Foxy John's is another unique spot, serving as a hardware store by day and a lively pub by night. O'Sullivan's Courthouse Pub is renowned for its traditional Irish music sessions, while The Marina Inn offers a quieter, more relaxed atmosphere.

Recreational activities in Dingle are largely centered around the great outdoors. Hiking and walking are popular activities, with trails such as the Dingle Way and Mount Brandon offering stunning views. For water sports enthusiasts, the Dingle Surf School offers surfing lessons for all levels, while Wild SUP Tours provides stand-up paddleboarding experiences in Dingle Bay.

Fishing is another popular pastime, with Dingle Sea Angling offering deep sea fishing trips. For those interested in horse riding, Long's Horse Riding and Trekking Centre provides a range of options, from beach rides to mountain treks. Finally, for golfers, the Dingle Golf Links, also known as Ceann Sibeal, is a beautiful 18-hole links course with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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