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  • The tip of the Dingle Peninsula
    At the western end of the Dingle Peninsula with The Three Sisters in the distance.
  • Fishing fleet in Dingle Harbour
    A view of Dingle Harbour and its fishing fleet.
  • Gallarus Oratory Dingle Peninsula
    The Gallarus Oratory. Probably an early Christian church, built some 1200 years ago.
  • Brandon Mountain
    Brandon Mountain in clouds, Ireland's second highest mountain at 953 metres(3127ft).
  • Coumenoole beach
    Coumenoole beach at the western end of the Dingle Peninsula.
  • Dingle harbour from the sea
    A landward view of Dingle Harbour on a summers evening.
  • Ventry Village
    Ventry Village situated on the southern coast of the Dingle Peninsula.
  • Main Street dingle Town
    Colourful flower baskets brighten up Main Street in Dingle Town.

The Dingle Peninsula, renowned for its rugged beauty and quiet clean beaches, stretches 49 km into the Atlantic Ocean. Ireland's second highest mountain, Mount Brandon, is situated to the north of the island, reaching a height of 952 metres. The beaches on the peninsula are ideal for surfers, body boarders, wind surfers and other water sports. To the west of the peninsula lie the Blasket Islands, a group of six principal islands and several smaller ones. The largest, the Great Blasket Island is only 6 km long and quite narrow. Visits to the islands, now deserted since 1953, can be made via the Dunquin ferry. The principle town is Dingle on the south coast. The landmass to the south of the town offers protection from the ravages of the Atlantic Ocean, while the harbour is home to the Dingle fishing fleet. The town is one of the most visited in Ireland and has received many accolades. Its narrow streets are dotted with fine fish restaurants, art galleries, craft shops selling local pottery, clothing made from hand weaved cloth, sculptured figurines, gold and silver jewellery. On a good day sit by the harbour eating freshly caught fried fish, served with chips from a nearby take-a-way, rounding the meal off with a farm made icecream. Luckily the town has a large number of pubs where nightly entertainment is available, in particular traditional Irish music where musicians can just wander in and join in the session. Outside of the harbour lives Dingle's own dolphin, Fungie, a male bottle nosed dolphin who wandered into the bay in 1983 and decided to stay. He is very friendly and always greets visitors with great enthusiasm. There are a splendid selection of beaches on the peninsula, here are a few.........more