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.
Dingle Town (Irish: An Daingean) on the south coast. The landmass to the south offers protection from the ravages of the Atlantic Ocean, while the harbour is home to the Dingle fishing fleet. Dingle is one of the most visited destinations in Ireland and has received many accolades. Its narrow streets are dotted with exceptional 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 ice cream. Luckily the town has a large number of pubs where nightly entertainment is available, in particular traditional Irish music where musicians can wander in and join in the session. Outside of the harbour lives Dingle's own friendly dolphin, Fungie, a male bottle-nosed dolphin who strayed into the bay in 1983 and decided to stay.
The beaches on the peninsula are ideal for surfers, bodyboarders, windsurfers 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.