Today I present you my personal highlights of the Dingle Peninsula. Dingle is located in the southwest of Ireland. Here you can experience wonderful landscapes, delicious Irish food and the typical Irish pub feeling in a very small space. Let's go!
Good to know: Are you looking for information on how to get there? Feel free to check out the last article, it was about exactly this topic and why the small town of Dingle is also worth a visit. “Dingle, the southwest of Ireland in a nutshell [Part 1]“.
Wild Atlantic Way – Discover Ireland's coast
The Wild Atlantic Way is an incredibly varied coastal road that runs along the Antlantic coast throughout Ireland. The Dingle Peninsula has some highlights along this route. Road sections are marked with the white “w” shaped waves on a blue background. Highlights for a detour right next to the official route are also marked with this symbol.
Part of the “Wild Atlantic Way” is also the stretch along Clogher Beach. Spectacular waves on rocky cliffs make it clear that you are on the Atlantic Ocean. For the campers among you: There is a campground and an easy, about 2 km long circular hiking trail “Clogher Beach Loop” to explore the area and just enjoy the sound of the surf for a few days.
You can find all information about the route on the official site of the “Wild Atlantic Way“.
Hikes along the “Wild Atlantic Way
The “Wild Atlantic Way” itself is not a hiking route, but there are many routes along this car route. Or you can stop at a nice place and use the short tours that are signposted all over the peninsula.
Irish weather conditions immediately raise the question for us outdoor enthusiasts: Is Ireland suitable as a hiking destination at all or is the Irish rain not as bad as its reputation? I have made the experience that especially in the low season May, June, September and October the weather is much better than you expect.
The sunniest weeks I have in Ireland are at the end of September and beginning of October, whereas in July it was sometimes almost doomsday-like weather. Inland, it can sometimes get rainy for weeks, mostly in the form of drizzle that can really get to your bones.
Dingle is located on the coast, so the weather here is more changeable. The disadvantage is, it can be that you start hiking in bright sunshine and just two hours later a heavy rain shower catches you. But just as quickly it is sunny again. I have learned that in Ireland it is mainly the wind that makes the weather.
My tip: Make sure you have a good windbreaker and also windproof rain pants that you can quickly throw over for the short showers.
The Irish outdoor magazine “Outsider” has tested the most beautiful hiking trails Dingle for you and run. Take a look!
Brandon Point and Mount Brandon
From this place you can enjoy the view of half of the Dingle Peninsula. Mount Brandon is the second highest mountain on the island, the more impressive is the view of the sea lying under the steep cliffs.
On the way to Brandon Point you will also pass Connor Pass, which I already mentioned in the first part of the Dingle reports. You can hike the mountain via the Mount Brandon Loop, important information and tips can be found here.
The tour provider Celtic Nature also offers guided tours, where you get exciting insights into nature and culture. Not to mention the numerous viewpoints! Plan the hike carefully, taking into account the weather conditions, which can change very quickly. The hike is relatively strenuous, if in doubt just ask the locals how and from where you start the ascent best.
In the last part of the series, I will introduce you to some tour providers and two other places worth seeing on the Dingle Peninsula. Because also historically Dingle has a lot to offer.
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