Dingle Activities and Attractions
Blennerville Windmill & Craft Workshops
A guided tour, by the miller, around Ireland's largest working windmill, gives an account and demonstrates the method of producing flour. A audio-visual presentation enhances the experience. On-site there is a restaurant, a craft workshop and a pottery shop.
Castlegregory and the Maharees
Castlegregory and the Maherees, overlooking Tralee Bay, offers a wide variety of adventures and activities to suit all visitors to Kerry. Activities include: Walking and trekking, mountain climbing links golf, horse riding, lake, shore and deep sea angling. Waterworld is located at Scraggane Pier on the Maharees, half way between Tralee and Dingle, offers experiences for divers from beginners to the most experienced, and offers PADI courses for all levels as well as a variety of dive holiday experiences. Watersport activities include Surfing, Waterski, Windsurfing, Wakeboarding and Boogie-boarding, and equipment can be hired from 10am till Close. Watersports Adventure Club for kids and teens - at Sandy Bay on the Maharees, where clubs are available during the holiday season. Kids activities include canoeing, paddle boating, surf biking, snorkeling, trampoline, catamaran sailing, banana riding and bouncy castle. Additionally, other activities such surfing and boogie boarding can be done on the back beach overlooking Brandon Bay.
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Located on Slea Head Drive overlooking Smerwick Harbour on the Dingle Peninsula about 10km from Dingle, Gallarus Oratory is the best-preserved early Christian church in Ireland. Built in the 7th or 8th century, Although it has been exposed to the winds and Atlantic weather for over 1200 years, the stone building remains waterproof. The visitor's centre offers visitors to explore the site, as well as providing an audio video display featuring the history of Gallarus and other archaeological sites.
Irish Famine Cottages
Located on Slea Head, Dingle, this famine cottage was built using mud and stone in the early 19th century. The generations of families who lived in this house had to endure extreme hardships especially during the Famine years.
Dunbeg Fort Archaeological Site & Audiovisual Centre, located on Slea Head Drive, Fahan, Ventry, was built in the Iron Age and is an elaborate example of a promontory fort. It is built on a sheer cliff which projects South into Dingle Bay, at the base of Mount Eagle on the Slea Head Road, and includes a Visitor Centre that features a 10 minute audio-visual presentation on the history of Dun Beg Fort.
Directions: Dunbeg Fort is located in the village of Fahan, 7kms after Ventry Village, on the Slea Head Drive (R559. 14 kms west from Dingle).
The Celtic & Prehistoric Museum
Located in Ventry, Dingle, the Celtic & Prehistoric Museum has a fossil room, floors of 300 million year old sea worms, a large nest of 70 million year old Dinosaur eggs, and an ancient Egyptian mummy case and much more. Visitors can actually handle authentic tools used by our European cousins Homo Erectus, Neanderthal and Cromagnon man in the cave room where the walls are covered with reproductions of some of the oldest cave paintings in the world.
Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne / Corca Dhuibhne Regional Museum
The Museum in Ballyferriter is 8 miles (13km) west of Dingle on the Slea Head route, and visitors can learn about many of the archaeological remains, as well as view a large selection of books about the area, and also on the Irish language. Opening hours are: Open 7 days a week from 10:00am-5:00pm, June to September and at Easter, and open by request during winter months.
Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium
The Aquarium offers amazing underwater displays featuring deadly Piranha, Catfish, Pacu as well as many tropical fresh water species. There is a state of the art Shark Tank, as well as a new polar penguin exhibition.
Fungie, The Dingle Dolphin
Fungie is a wild Bottlenose Dolphin, who has been in Dingle for around 27 years. Fungie is about 13 feet in length and weighs around 250lbs, and experts say that he has a lifespan of between 40 and 50 years, but his current age is unknown. Daily boat trips to see Fungie are available from Dingle harbour.
The Blasket Islands
Located off the coast of Dun Chaoin, Dingle, the Blasket Islands are the most westerly land area of Europe and were inhabited for thousands of years until they were abandoned in 1953. The islands feature unspoilt beaches, extraordinary bird life and a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Boat trips to the Islands are available from Dunquin.