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Dingle Peninsula or the “Corca Dhuibhne” in Irish lies in the most western portion of Ireland. The entire peninsula abounds in countless charms and appeals ranging from verdant landscapes to rugged hills, from lengthy and sandy beaches to amazing flora and fauna display and from breathtaking cliffs to rich cultural and historical sites.

Dingle Peninsula has significant villages all exuding unique and spectacular allures. Towns like the Annascual, Ballydavid, Ballyferriter, Ballyhea, Ballymore, Cloghane, Clogher, Dingle, Dunquin, Lispole, Murreigh and Ventry form part of the peninsula. It is from Dingle town where it took its name!

The peninsula is rich in archaeological monuments that reveal its great history from the early Mesolithic Period to the 16th century modern times. The Cathair Con Ri, which is considered to be one of the finest hill forts in the country, can be found in Dingle peninsula. Dingle also has the largest collection of Ogham Stones – which are great representations of the Iron Age. Dingle peninsula has almost 70 of this. The Chorca Dhuibhne Regional Museum in Ballyferriter is an ideal spot to head on for a great historical and archaeological tour.

Prime tourist attractions in the Dingle Peninsula include the Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium, a sea life center with numerous species on display; the Blasket Center, where the life and literary achievements of the inhabitants of the Blasket Island are put on exhibition; Fungie, the dolphin that entertains the boaters and swimmers; and the Louis Mulcahy Pottery and Visitor Center, where you can test your pottery making skill.

The Dingle Peninsula is an unmatched destination for great and relaxing walk. Walkers are given two walking routes: the Dingle Way and the Pilgrim’s Route. The Dingle Way comprises a 178 km lengthy route that heads on from Tralee then back to this town while passing along Camp, Annascual, Dingle Town, Dunquin, Cloghane, Castlegregory, and Maharees. The Pilgrim’s Route, on the other hand, comprises 48 km way marked trail that passes along areas of Christian significance. It starts off in Dingle then passes along Ventry, Riasc, Kilmalkedar to Cloghane.

The peninsula is an unparalleled setting for a truly satisfying cycle tour as well. Through a bike, you can pedal your way through Dingle Peninsula’s archaeological sites, spectacular areas and scenic landscapes. Tourists can also enjoy the entire peninsula through a saddle. Long’s Horse Riding and Trekking Center in Ventry will be of assistance to those who wanted to experience Dingle on a horse’s back!

Golfing in the Dingle Peninsula is well catered for, as well. The Ceann Sibeal Golf Club in Dingle is an excellent spot for your tee cravings. The course is set amidst an impressive landscape and panoramic vista. The Castlegregory Golf and Fishing Club is also an ideal destination for golfers. It is a 9-hole links that is surrounded by the magnificent views of the Tralee Bay and Brandon Bay.

The Dingle Peninsula offers you interesting places to see, exciting activities to enjoy and endless charm to appreciate. If these aren’t enough reasons to visit Dingle peninsula, what else would?

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