The Dingle Peninsula

The Dingle Peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way - Activities & Information

The Dingle Peninsula is an amazing location - indeed one of the most beautiful places on earth according to National Geographic!

  • Dingle and Ventry Activities and Information
  • Castlegregory Activities and Information
  • Dingle and Ventry Activities and Information

    From our Cottages, the magnificent scenery of the Dingle Peninsula is on offer and we are a super location for all the adventures and activities that the region provides.

    Walking and trekking, mountain and rock climbing; links golf; horse riding; shore and deep sea angling; windsurfing, surfing and kitesurfing; kayaking and canoeing; cycling; whale and dolphin watching; diving and sailing, all are within a short distance from Fionn Trá Cottages!

    Culture

    Being in the Gaeltacht (Gaelic speaking) region, the language and culture of Ireland and the Dingle Peninsula is tangible. The Blasket Islands, Gallarus Oratory, Beehive Huts and Famine Cottages, these are only a flavour of the more than 2,000 archaeological sites on the peninsula.

    Walking, Trekking & Mountain Climbing

    We are surrounded by the most amazing beach strolls, walks, treks and mountain climbs. From Ventry Beach to Inch Beach; Cosáin na Naomh (the old Saints path) to the Dingle Way; and the ascent of Mount Brandon (Ireland’s second highest mountain) to the descent of Mount Eagle to Slea Head. The experiences and vistas are sublime!

    Swimming

    Ventry’s Blue Flag Beach is just a 5 minute walk from our Cottages. This is a beautiful crescent beach with glorious views over Dingle Bay and on to the Iveragh Peninsula.

    Horse Riding

    is available just 3 minutes by car. A variety of treks and experiences are available including the wonderful chance to gallop along Ventry Beach!

    Links Golf

    Dingle Golf Links, Ceann Sibéal, an 18 hole Championship Course is just a 10 minute drive from Fionn Trá Cottages. The famous courses of Kerry – Killarney, Tralee and Ballybunion are within an hour and a half from Ventry.

    Shore & Sea Angling

    Ventry Beach is a “Hot Spot” for shore anglers and you will encounter anglers both night and day during the angling season. Deep Sea Angling is available from Dingle Pier and will allow you to fish in the crystal waters of Dingle Bay and Atlantic Ocean.

    Wind and Kite Surfing

    Ventry Beach is a favourite spot for wind and kitesurfing. With a great bay and crescent beach it is ideal all year round. A variety of Surfing locations are close by – Dun Chaoin, Inch and Brandon Bay are all extremely popular.

    Canoeing and Kayaking

    Available at Dingle Pier for a splendid experience in Dingle Harbour and Dingle Bay. Should you have your own, Ventry Beach is the icing on the cake!

    Rainy Days

    The Dingle Peninsula offers great activities for the indoor days. Dingle Aquarium is a wonder for all ages particularly the children. Visit Dingle’s Climbing Wall for rigorous fun; The Blasket Centre for an amazing insight in to life on the Blasket Island and the Literary feats that were achieved; Museum Chorca Dhuibhne for an introduction to the local history and geology of the region; Dingle World of Leisure for indoor fun for younger children; and of course, shopping in Dingle with its abundance of little galleries and craft shops.

    Archaeology

    There are over 2,000 archaeological sites on the Dingle Peninsula with a number of renowned standing stones to be found in the Castlegregory area. Famous sites on the peninsula include Gallarus Oratory, Dunbeg Fort and the Beehive Huts. For more information on the archaeology, history and culture of the Dingle Peninsula, visit www.dingle-peninsula.ie.

    Annual Festivals & Events

    Dingle Film Festival – March; Ballyferriter Feile na Casa Easter Festival - April; Dingle's Feile Na Bealtaine – May; Ventry Regatta - July; Cloghane - Brandon Festival of Lughnasa – July; Dingle Races - August; Maharees Regatta – August; Dingle Regatta - August; Rose of Tralee – August; Listowel Races - September; Ballyferriter Eigse Chorca Dhuibhne – September; Dingle Food Festival - October; Anascaul Tom Crean Walking Festival - October.

    Diving & Snorkelling

    Dingle Dive Centre offers a wide variety of experiences from PADI Beginner Courses to Master Classes. The abundant marine life and excellent visibility make diving and snorkelling amazing adventures whether snorkelling off Ventry Beach to the cliff dives off the Blasket Islands.

    Sailing

    Dingle Charters offers the opportunity to take a sailing trip out around Dingle Bay and the Blasket Islands. If you are an experienced sailor, charters are available or alternatively, enjoy the local knowledge and chat of the qualified skipper. Dingle Sailing Club at Dingle Marina offers summer sailing courses during June, July and August.

    Cycling

    Hire a bike in Dingle for a few days and explore the Dingle Peninsula with the wind running through your hair! A fantastic way to enjoy the magnificent sights and vistas.
  • Castlegregory Activities and Information

    From our Houses, the fun filled activities of Castlegregory, the Maharees and the magnificent scenery of the Dingle Peninsula are on offer. We are a super location for all the adventures and activities that the region provides. Walking and trekking; mountain climbing; windsurfing, surfing and kitesurfing; diving; links golf; horse riding; lake, shore and deep sea angling; water sports adventures for kids and teens; all are within a short distance from Castlegregory Station Houses!

    Walking, Trekking & Mountain Climbing

    The most amazing beach strolls, walks, treks and mountain climbs are so close by. Ireland’s longest beach (12 miles long) stretches from the tip of the Maharees west to Cloghane village. Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest mountain is a short drive from Castlegregory and Glanteenassig and the Slieve Mish Mountains lie just south from the village. What a selection!

    Windsurfing, Surfing and Kite Surfing

    From the top of the Conor Pass (Irelands highest mountain pass), you can see the whole horseshoe sweep of Brandon Bay facing NW. For a combination of surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, this is one of the best places in Europe. Within the area from Fermoyle to Scraggane Bay in the Maharees, you can experience all types of conditions suitable for everyone from beginners to professionals. For more information on these wonderful adrenalin sports, visit www.jamieknox.com

    Diving & Snorkelling

    The Maharees Islands, The Brandon Cliff face and the Blasket Islands offer the best diving in Ireland, from superb scenic dives to wreck dives. Waterworld at Scraggane Pier on the Maharees offers a combination of experiences for divers from beginners to the most experienced. PADI courses are available for all levels and a variety of dive holiday experiences are always on offer. Visit www.waterworld.ie

    Water Sports Adventure

    There is a great Watersports Adventure Club for kids and teens at Sandy Bay on the Maharees. Clubs are available during the holiday season and activities include canoeing, paddle boating, surf biking, snorkelling, trampoline, catamaran sailing, banana riding and bouncy castle. Other activities at the back beach include surfing and boogie boarding in Brandon Bay. Visit www.waterworld.ie

    Swimming

    The Maharees offers a Blue Flag Beach and the local waters are crystal clean. With sandy beaches and summer camps for the children, this is the ultimate seaside holiday!

    Canoeing

    Canoeing is available at Waterworld Watersports at Sandy Bay.

    Pony Trekking

    Pony trekking is available locally and includes the wonderful chance to trek along the beaches!

    Links Golf

    Castlegregory Golf Club is a superb 9 hole links course. Located between Lough Gill and Brandon Bay, the backdrop of Mount Brandon creates a magnificent vista while the challenges of the dunes makes every round a unique round! Dingle Golf Links, Ceann Sibéal, an 18 hole Championship Course is just a 40 minute drive from Castlegregory while the famous courses of Kerry – Killarney, Tralee and Ballybunion are within an hours drive.

    Lake, Shore & Sea Angling

    Fermoyle and Kilcummin are “Hot Spots” for shore anglers while Loughs Gill, Slat, Doon and Caum are favourites for local anglers. Deep Sea Angling is available from Dingle Pier and will allow you to fish in the crystal waters of Dingle Bay and Atlantic Ocean.

    Cycling

    Hire a bike in Castlegregory from the Beach Box for a few days and explore the Dingle Peninsula with the wind running through your hair! A fantastic way to enjoy the magnificent sights and vistas.

    Rainy Days

    The Dingle Peninsula offers great activities for the indoor days. Dingle Aquarium is a wonder for all ages particularly the children. Visit Dingle’s Climbing Wall for rigorous fun; The Blasket Centre for an amazing insight in to life on the Blasket Island and the Literary feats that were achieved; Museum Chorca Dhuibhne for an introduction to the local history and geology of the region; Dingle World of Leisure for indoor fun for younger children; and of course, shopping in Dingle with its abundance of little galleries and craft shops.

    Archaeology

    There are over 2,000 archaeological sites on the Dingle Peninsula with a number of renowned standing stones to be found in the Castlegregory area. Famous sites on the peninsula include Gallarus Oratory, Dunbeg Fort and the Beehive Huts. For more information on the archaeology, history and culture of the Dingle Peninsula, visit www.dingle-peninsula.ie.

    Annual Festivals & Events

    Dingle Film Festival – March; Ballyferriter Feile na Casa Easter Festival - April; Dingle's Feile Na Bealtaine – May; Ventry Regatta - July; Cloghane - Brandon Festival of Lughnasa – July; Dingle Races - August; Maharees Regatta – August; Dingle Regatta - August; Rose of Tralee – August; Listowel Races - September; Ballyferriter Eigse Chorca Dhuibhne – September; Dingle Food Festival - October; Anascaul Tom Crean Walking Festival - October.

    For more information on What To Do and See on the Dingle Peninsula, visit www.dingle-peninsula.ie

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