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Hike the Dingle Way

The Dingle Way

Highlights
  • Hike the wild coast trail over the rugged landscapes of the Dingle Peninsula
  • Treasure moments on ancient trails, past ruined castles, standing stones and Celtic crosses
  • Savor remote, invigorating and soulful paths with ocean air and the sounds of crashing waves
  • Experience the unique and charming Irish hospitality in local accommodations
  • Visit Dunquin with its famous cliffs and unrivaled views to the remote Blasket Islands
  • Warm up with a pint of Guinness in the pub and a crackling fire after your brisk hiking day

From the remote south-west corner of Ireland, the Dingle Peninsula extends itself into the North Atlantic Ocean. Earthy and wholesome, this windswept area is described as ‘the most beautiful place on earth’ by Nat Geo. The Dingle Way is the peninsula’s coastal trail offering endless vistas with crashing waves, golden beaches, rolling green hills, and ever-changing light. Mix in the endearing hospitality of the Irish and you are in for a truly unique and memorable hiking vacation.

The rich history and culture of the area is apparent everywhere. It is likely every pub in Dingle will have musicians playing their instruments around a table whilst sipping their Guinness. This route is dotted with ruined castles, ancient standing stones, and ‘Clichans’ (Beehive Huts) dating back to 6000BC.

We offer one of the most comprehensive selections of self-guided hiking trips in the US market. Take your pick from our most popular 10 days or 8 days that hike the entire trail, or soak up the most scenic sections (and grab a dram of whiskey) on the Best of the Dingle Way. Whichever you choose, the Dingle Way will leave you speechless.

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Discover The Dingle Way

  • Sustainable Travel along the Dingle Way

    Renowned for its spectacular wild and rugged landscapes, the Dingle Peninsula also lays claim to a rich cultural heritage with an ancient ruins and language, welcoming residents, longstanding traditions, and outstanding food. Residents and members of Dingle Peninsula Tourism Alliance have recognized their responsibility to keep the area protected, to allow future generations to enjoy it as much as we do today.

    Here are some simple ways to contribute during your visit!

    Say “NO” to plastic – a great way of doing this is limiting the use of straws, plastic drinking bottles, plastic coffee cups and plastic bags.

    Leave no trace – carry your personal waste such as wrappers from snacks and other items and avoid littering along the route.

    Stay local, shop local – Support the local communities by eating and shopping locally!

    Let nature's sounds prevail – enjoy your experience, keep your noise to a minimum and respect farm animals and wildlife around you (with the added bonus of a higher chance of finding them!)

    Leave what you find – Don’t take home rocks, plants or flowers as souvenirs as some of these can be valuable for the natural habitats.

    Curious to know more? Read Our Sustainable Travel Journey.

    Sustainable Travel along the Dingle Way
  • Gaeltacht and the local lingo

    The Dingle Peninsula is one of the main "Gaeltacht" areas of the Emerald Isle, where the Irish language (Gaelic) is widely spoken at home, in schools and even the workplace. Due to its remote location, it was removed from the influences of the modern world for a long time and the local language and traditions have largely remained intact. Staying in "Gaeltacht" villages means you get to really immerse yourself in the Irish cultural heritage.

    You can be sure to come across the Gaelic symbols during your Dingle Way adventure - road signs, names, descriptions and even menu items! Learning a few phrases will help you to get a deeper understanding of the people of this beautiful part of the world.

    Here are a few sentences to practice:

    Good morning - "Maidin Mhaith" (pronounced: mod-jin wot)

    Cheers - "Slainte" (pronounced: slawn-cheh)

    I speak only a little Irish - "Níl agam ach beagáinín Gaeilge" (pronounced: kneel ah-gum ock byug-aneen gayle-geh)

    Thank you - "Tapadh leat" (pronounced: tapah lat)

    The weather is beautiful today - "Ta an aimsir go halainn inniu" (pronounced: taw an eyeim-shur guh haul-inn inn-you)

    Gaeltacht and the local lingo
  • Dingle Peninsula & Hollywood Actors

    With a landscape as rugged and wild as the Dingle Peninsula, it comes as no surprise that it has attracted famous film producers, some of these include Star Wars, Ryan’s Daughter, Far & Away, and Playboy of the Western World.

    Some, but not all, of the prime filming locations were…

    Beaches – Inch Beach is one of the most popular beaches, with a long golden stretch of sand and windswept dunes stretching out into Dingle Bay. Another great spot is the beautifully shaped Ventry Beach, near the Gaeltacht village of Ventry. And finally, Coumeenole Beach, offering dramatic scenery used as a filming location of Ryan’s Daughter.

    Slea Head – From the tip of Slea Head you can enjoy far-reaching views to the Blasket Islands and Dunmore Head on the mainland – a Star Wars film location. The coastline made the ideal hiding place for Luke Skywalker’s X-wing.

    Castles & Ruins – The ruins of Minard Castle are positioned on a hill, overlooking a small bay with views across the Irish Sea. It was once the stronghold for the Knights of Kerry before it was attacked by the English army in 1650. The ruin is seen in Ryan's Daughter, where the Major and Rose meet.

    ‘Clocháns’ – These drystone Beehive Huts have been built by the monks on Skellig Michael over many centuries using the ancient method of Corbelling. This style of building dates back to the Neolithic Period. In the Star Wars film 'The Last Jedi' the 'clocháns' were the ancient Jedi shelters where Luke Skywalker resided. 

    Dingle Peninsula & Hollywood Actors
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