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Trip List by Sarnia G

Best of Dingle

Mar 9, 2009  by Sarnia G
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 14 votes

Where to stay, shop, eat and drink in Dingle town; my favourites! Oh! Plus a couple of "must-sees"!


Updated September 2012

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Dingle
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Shopping
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Seniors, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Pax Guest House
    Pax Guest House, Dingle, Dingle Peninsula

    I spent a wonderful week at Pax Guest House, summer 2008, and returned for a couple of nights in April 2009, then took my family for a 3-day break in April 2011.

    The Guest House is located on a quiet country lane overlooking Dingle Harbour. It's approximately 10-15 minute walk into Dingle town. If you're walking back at night, recommend taking a torch, as the lane has no street lights or pavement (sidewalk); this is quite common in rural areas of Ireland. (John does provide high visibility jackets for all guests; you'll find them in the wardrobe).
    The views from the cosy guest lounge over Dingle Harbour and beyond to the Ring of Kerry are just breathtaking.

    Rooms are comfortable and spotlessly clean and breakfast is wholesome and delicious; do try the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon - and John's scones are divine!

    Please note that Pax is a "Guest House" - not a "b&b" : there's a slight difference! A Guest House is larger than a b&b and is usually a purpose-built structure, therefore "may" have more of a "hotel" feel to it. A "b&b" is usually a family home with a smaller number of rooms (en-suite). At most guest houses and b&bs you will find a lounge available for use, and wifi is becoming more commonly found.

  • 2. Dingle Book Shop
    http://www.dinglebookshop.com/index.html

    This is a great little book shop! I never fail to find a book or two to add to my growing collection of books on all things Irish. Great source for books by the Blasket authors, and books about Dingle.

  • 3. nu goldsmith
    http://www.nugoldsmith.com/

    Niamh Utsch uses only silver, 18 ct. gold and a selection of quality gems to create unusual modern designs. Many of the items in her shop are "one-off" pieces.

  • 4. Dingle Crystal
    http://www.dinglecrystal.ie/

    Exquisite items of crystal cut by a master craftsman who trained at Waterford Crystal.

  • 5. John Weldon Jewellers
    http://www.johnweldonjewellers.com/

    Another Dingle Jeweller selling Celtic designs and pieces inspired by the Dingle Peninsula.

  • 6. Lisbeth Mulcahy - Weaver
    http://www.lisbethmulcahy.com/shop.htm

    Lisbeth Mulcahy designs all the woven goods found in the shop. You'll also find items of pottery designed by her husband Louis Mulcahy, plus other locally crafted items.

  • 7. Dingle Artworks Gallery
    http://www.dingleartworks.com/

    You will find Dingle Artworks on Green Street: a lovely selection of silk paintings by June McIntyre.

    Cards featuring many of her paiintings are also for sale.

  • 8. Commodum
    http://www.commodum.ie/

    This super shop on Main Street sells a variety of quality Irish-made items, including woollens, glass (Jerpoint), yarn (Donegal Aran Tweed), and artwork.

  • 9. An Gailearai Beag - West Kerry Crafts Guild
    http://www.gailearaibeag.com/

    You'll find many beautiful locally crafted items in this attractive little shop on Main Street.

  • 10. Holden Leathergoods
    http://www.holdenleathergoods.com/hlg/index.php

    Beautiful handmade quality leather handbags.
    Shop in town at Holy Ground, opposite Supervalu, alternatively:
    Drive west out of Dingle on the R559 towards Slea Head (approx 3 miles) to their workshop located down a quiet country lane (signposted from main road).

  • 11. The Global Village
    The Global Village, Dingle, Dingle Peninsula

    Don't let the name put you off: it sounds a bit "veggie/healthy" to some! This smart restaurant with a very modern interior serves excellent continental cuisine. Somewhere to celebrate a special event!

    Reservations essential during tourist season.

  • 12. The Chart House
    The Chart House, Dingle, Dingle Peninsula

    Now, I haven't actually dined here, but wished to add this restaurant as my host John at Pax Guest House highly recommended this establishment, and fellow guests who did dine at the Chart House were full of praise for their dining experience.

  • 13. An Canteen
    An Canteen, Dingle, Dingle Peninsula

    Tucked away in a little street off Main Street, this family run establishment serves quality dishes sourced from local suppliers. No fancy-schmancy cuisine, just decent home cooking with style. Highly recommended!
    Note: credit cards not accepted.

  • 14. Out of the Blue
    Out of the Blue Seafood, Dingle, Dingle Peninsula

    The exterior of this little "shack" on the seafront is deceptive; inside there's a pleasant dining room beyond the bar and some of the best seafood you'll find anywhere. Definitely one for the seafood lover: no chips (fries) served here, but dishes are served with an interesting selection of vegetables and condiments.
    Highly recommended!

  • 15. The Goat Street Cafe
    The Goat Street Cafe, Dingle, Dingle Peninsula

    This is a super little bistro at the top of Main Street, just past Green Street.

    Highly recommended for a casual bite to eat: delicious home-baked and organic local produce. Good vegetarian choices and fresh fish.

  • 16. Ashe's Bar & Restaurant
    Ashe's Bar & Restaurant, Dingle, Dingle Peninsula

    This pub may look rather unassuming from the street, but the plain exterior hides a characterful interior.

    The restaurant serves local produce and on each of two visits in 2011, I enjoyed generous portions and great tasting food.

  • 17. Murphy's Ice-Cream
    http://www.murphysicecream.ie/

    With flavours ranging from "honey cardamom", "chocolate whiskey truffle" to "brown bread and Guinness" and family favourites "cookies and cream", "vanilla" and "chocolate" Murphy's is a "must" for all with a sweet tooth! They serve a nice cup of tea and coffee, too.

  • 18. Dingle Pubs

    Popular pubs in Dingle town: Dick Mack's on Green Street, opposite the Church; O'Flaherty's, near Holy Ground, and An Droichead Beag at the bottom of Main Street. Ashe's pub on Main Street offers delicious food as well as being a pleasant pub.

    Traditional pubs: Foxy John's and Curran's, both on Main Street

  • 19. Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows at Diseart Institute
    http://www.diseart.ie/harryclarke/windows.htm

    Take 10 minutes to visit the Diseart Institute of Education and Celtic Culture on Green Street, where you will find the exquisite stained glass windows designed by Harry Clarke.

  • 20. Folk Concert, St James' Church, Main Street
    http://www.duigo.com/

    From mid-April to end of September on Monday, Wednesday and Friday you can hear traditional music at St James Church on Main Street. The concert commences at 7.30pm and lasts 2hrs. Tickets can be purchased at the tourist office or any of the music shops in Dingle.