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Planning Ireland Trip, Mostly in Dingle

philadelphia
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Planning Ireland Trip, Mostly in Dingle

I've never been to Ireland and would like to go, spending most of my time in Dingle. What is the tourist season in Dingle? I believe it starts at Easter, but how long does it run? I'm not concerned about the weather (I'm perfectly happy to snuggle up in a pub in the rain and cold) but want to avoid any desolate streets and closed shops, attractions, etc. I would love to be able to listen to good music sessions while there.

Also, can I fit in Dublin? Ideally, I would like to fly into Dublin, spend a couple of days, make it to the West Coast via public transporation, spend the balance of my time in and around Dingle - with a car - and then fly out of Shannon.

I have at least 7 days.

Ideas are appreciated. Thanks.

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1. Re: Planning Ireland Trip, Mostly in Dingle

Yes Easter is pretty much when the season starts and then through until end of September, although it is nice to be in town for St Patricks Day. There are several festivals through the year so it is good to plan a visit to coincide with one of those. If you are thinking about early in the season, there is Dingle Film Festival which I think will be around St Patricks Day or Feile na Bealtaine which is an Arts/Music type festival in early May, both are recommended. I am not sure how long you would want to stay in Dingle - if you are into outdoor stuff - hiking etc you could probably fill the best part of a week in the Dingle area, but if you are just wandering the streets and catching some music - you will probably need 2/3 days at the most? Maybe someone will disagree with me. I come over for long visits as I hike, bike and swim around. I am not very knowledgeable about Dublin, and public transport is quite poor in Ireland but it would probably be a train to Tralee and local bus to Dingle that would take the best part of a day. Best fly from Dublin to Kerry Airport and pick up a hire car and you can take in Killarney, Ring of Kerry etc. I think there are about 3 flights a day with Ryanair. Personally I would think about hiring a car in Dublin and taking a long slow drive to Dingle and onto Shannon and you would see more of Ireland if it is your first visit but maybe you would need about 10 days. Good Luck

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perfectly doable,IMO, fly into Dublin, take a day or two to adjust and look around, then hire a car and get out to Dingle, B and B for the rest of your time, take the car back to Shannon, like this you get to see the best of Ireland, its beautiful, vibrant, historic capital, and then the best of the west.

There is music in Dingle from May to October, and there is more than enough to see in and around the town in the daytime.

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I just returned with my family from Ireland--we spent seven days on the Dingle Peninsula. I think most of the B and Bs close for periods during the winter (November-March), but Dingle Town is a working seaport so the downtown pubs and shops should be open.

The best attraction there is the spectacular scenery--it is visually stunning and available all year round. :-) The Slea Head Drive route takes about 3 hours--we drove it three times (once with a tour guide and twice on our own) and never tired of the magnificent natural beauty.

I'd take the previous recommendation about flying from Dublin to Kerry and renting a car there. Otherwise you will be on two lane roads almost all the way and it will take you a full day to get there and another full day of driving to return to Dublin. Irish roads are not like US interstates, and in addition to driving on the left side of the road, you will encounter numerous roundabouts, slow moving vehicles like tractors, road repair delays, and narrow to non-existent shoulders.

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The Dingle peninsula is beautiful at any time, but this time of year is my favourite. The slanting evening light sets the hedgerows of fuschia and montbretia ablaze and the heather is magnificent.

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You described it perfectly soonas, and now I know what the orange flowers are called. Agreed this time of year is beautiful and the blackberries will be ripe soon as well, no hedge is safe from me! I am heading over in about a weeks time, I love those last days of Summer and last year the weather was exceptional in September after a rotten July and August.

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3 hours for the Slea head trip?It wouldn't get me as far as Ventry!!People tend to whizz (well, go as fast as they can manage on a narrow twisty cliffside road)around the head and think they have it "done",tick the box, finished.

For me the annual pilgrimmage is as follows:

Milltown, stop to see the "gates of glory" and spend some time looking across the harbour.

Next down to Colaiste Ide, the "big house " of Lord Ventry, admire the tree ferns and Ogham stones.

From the gates of Colaise Ide turn left, down to Holdens leathers and drool over the handmade leather goods.

Back onto the main road, down to Ventry itself. You HAVE to get out and walk-if not swim here on th beach, site of a famous battle in Celtic history

sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/lfic/lfic057.htm

Coffee and cake in the Bradán Feasa and some pottery mugs to bring home. This year, they have more stock from ventrytoys, I spent a fortune on the St. Brendan boats this year for presents.

ventrytoy.com/jigsawsandfairytales/stbrendan…

The cafe has wonderful painted panel of various legends ,painted by local artist Bob Cathail.

On once more, instead of following the Slea head route for a few mins, take the road to Rahinane, see the castle built in a fort, savour the history around you,

Back on the Slea head route, you'll come to Paidí Ó Sé's pub. Not my favourite place but worth a few mins to see all the photos of famous visitors and maybe meet Paidí himself, former Kerry footballer and team trainer.

Back on the road, pass the smal school a Cill Mhic a'Domhnaigh, Just a few hundred yards on the right will bring you to another fort, it was here that the author Peig Sayers family used to live, but they blamed ill fortune on the fort and moved to a house nearer to Dúnchaoin.

On again, stop at Dún beag fort, visit the beehive huts.Stop at the cucifix and take your first view of the Blasket islands.

The cafe at Slea head house/Tigh Slea head has one of the finest views you will ever see.

Next of all, you must visit the beach at Com uí Neoil. not safe for swimming but amazing waves, also used in the film Ryan's Daughter.

Ok, that's at least three hours and not half way around, will do the next section tomorrow!!

Useful guide to some sites less known here

www.louismulcahy.com/webpilot/shops.asp…

philadelphia
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Thank you everyone I'm taking all these suggestions. Thank you HarveyIreland for your detailed itinerary. So, would all of the places mentioned be opened all year long or should I plan for the May through October timeframe? What is the weather really like there? Can I still get a cozy pub with a fireplace roaring at some point during that time or is that really only in the winter months? (or during a festival time - I love film festivals and would consider going in February).

I think I'll have about 5 nights in Dingle. I can always take a day trip to Cliff of Moher, etc. right?

I'm not too outdoorsy, but I might do an escorted horseback ride in Dingle, as well as a (small) part of the Dingle Way walk.

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HarveyIreland's itinerary is the perfect itinerary for west of Dingle town. Some of the places, such as Penney's Pottery and Tigh Slea Head are closed for winter but others like Paidi O Se's and Louis Mulcahy's are open year round. My favourite haunt out of season is Tigh Bric, a lovely old style pub on the Slea Head drive with roaring peat fires, delicious hot soup and a few locals conversing in Irish.

The best time to visit is IMO is late May or early Sept. The weather I'd usually mild, everything is open, but you feel you have the place to yourselves.

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pmjesquire:

If you notice the photo in the upper left of this post, it is a picture of the opening to Dingle Harbor. We had just watched Fungi playing with the boats coming and going. It was a nice walk out to the lighthouse and we pretty much stretched it into half a day. It was last September. I got a major sunburn that day. We were around Dingle for three days and certainly could have used more time. This, I think, is the important thing about traveling in Ireland. Don't rush it. Almost every city, town and area deserves more than videoing it through the windshield. Enjoy!

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I can go to Dingle anytime I want as I have family there, but I am going next week as September is my favourite time, its quieter but still pleasantly warm. Winter can be amazing, those Atlantic storms, but it gets dark early, but then there's the pubs. One word of warning, if you spend a week in Dingle you will become addicted and have to return.

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