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Where to stay, shop, eat and drink in Dingle town; my favourites! Oh! Plus a couple of "must-sees"!
Updated September 2012
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.
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.
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.
Exquisite items of crystal cut by a master craftsman who trained at Waterford Crystal.
Another Dingle Jeweller selling Celtic designs and pieces inspired by the Dingle Peninsula.
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.
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.
This super shop on Main Street sells a variety of quality Irish-made items, including woollens, glass (Jerpoint), yarn (Donegal Aran Tweed), and artwork.
You'll find many beautiful locally crafted items in this attractive little shop on Main Street.
Beautiful handmade quality leather handbags.
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).
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.
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.
I think this will become a firm family favourite: we ate at Bull's Head two nights in a row, summer 2012.
Located at the bottom of John Street, not far from An Droichead Beag, and within easy walking distance of Pax Guest House, we encountered a friendly welcome and delicious, interesting food.
This is a super little cafe/restaurant 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.