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7 Days in Dingle

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7 Days in Dingle

Four of us are planning a 7 day trip to the Dingle Peninsula for the last week of September. We will fly into Cork and rent a car at the airport. Ideally, we would like to stay in one place and take day trips from there. Are the Blasket Island tours offered at that time of year? What other trips would be recommended? We all like to walk, but don't want to spend an entire day walking, so suggestions for shorter walks would be appreciated. Is a week too much to devote to the Dingle area? Any ideas about accomodations? Thank you.

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1. Re: 7 Days in Dingle

amcra, one week is not too long to devote to the Dingle peninsula. If you do a search for "Dingle" or even just read through the Dingle forum you should get a lot of ideas.

As far as I know the boat trips to the Blasket Islands should be available, depending on the weather.

Regarding your walking plans you should go to the Tourist Information Office in Dingle (at the harbour), they will be able to assist you with recommendations and advice. And you should get a good map of the area. There's always the walk along the beach at Ventry, you could climb up to the top of Dunmore Head (from the carpark at Coumenoole, the views are really spectacular from up there), drive all the way out to Brandon Point (via the Connor Pass and Cloghane), park the car and follow the cliff path, walk along the beach from Fermoyle to Fahamore (northside of the peninsula). Or walk up to Anascaul Lake from the village of Anascaul (make sure to close the cattle gates behind you). The list is endless. As I said, it is really quite important to get a good map and also to let your host/hostess know that you're going for a walk and what approximate time to expect you back. www.dingleway.net/ will show you more.

Accommodation: we love the Captain's House (http://homepage.eircom.net/~captigh/) and have also stayed in Bambury's (www.bamburysguesthouse.com/)which is also quite nice. Other posters here will have their own recommendations.

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Many thanks for all your suggestions. Have checked the website for the Captains House and it looks wonderful.

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Not sure if you have considered this, but we rented a privately owned cottage on the Dingle Peninsula last summer and it was wonderful! A nice base to come home to after sight seeing and we even cooked a couple of meals there after buying some fresh fish / wine in Dingle town. We had an awesome view with the ocean in front and the mountain behind.

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Yes, we have considered renting a cottage. Do you recall the name of the cottages where you stayed?

Thank you.

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We rented the cottage privately from the owner through the VRBO.COM website. If you search for Dingle Peninsula, you will find some. Ours was in Ventry, just outside of Dingle town. It was an old cottage but updated with a nice kitchen, bath etc. - peat fireplace and cows grazing in the front yard. We found it very charming.

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Thank you. I'll check that site. Ann

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Hi!

We spent a week on Dingle a few years ago, and certainly didn't run out of things to do! In fact, we're planning to spend another week there this summer.

Would highly recommend visiting the Blasket Centre before taking a trip to Great Blasket (one of the highlights of our week). We had a picnic on the Strand, and curious seals swam very close to the shore - an unforgettable experience :-)! And yes, as long as the weather is fine, the boats will still be operating in September:

http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie

http://www.blasketislands.ie

http://www.blasketisland.com

Dingle is a great little town - some good restaurants, and very nice shops - if you need some retail therapy :-). Dingle Crystal is really lovely, and equal (if I might say :-) ) to Waterford. There's also Brian de Staic jewellery, and some good quality craft and antique shops, and a nice little bookshop too. Also, a leather shop outside Dingle - Holden Leather - not cheap - but very good quality!

http://www.holdenleathergoods.com

Also worth visiting is Dunbeg promontory fort on the Slea Head drive, and Gallarus Oratory. The oratory can get quite busy - so maybe an early morning visit would be nice - oh, and Kilmakedar Church (ruin) is close by and also worth visiting.

I too, would recommend self-catering for a week. The dingle web-site mentioned above has links, as have the following:

http://www.dodingle.com

http://www.imagineireland.com

Oh, and as Clauds has already mentioned, don't forget to explore the northern side of the Peninsula - some lovely sandy coves to explore, and the drive out to Brandon Point is super - though not for the faint-hearted :-)!

good luck with your plans!

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Glad you asked...we rented a sweet cottage on the beach in Castlegregory. It's 15 minutes from Dingle and listed on the Internet as The Shores Country House. We(6)rented it 2 yrs. in a row. See if it's to your liking. You can also see it on Google Earth. When you see Kilcummin, look two properties to your left. Gorgeous beach (walk/drive on for miles). We've been going to Ireland for 20 years, and know a rare find, great location and fair price.

Slainte!

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