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Dingle

 

 

Dingle ActivitiesThe Dingle Peninsula has more interesting antiquities, historic sites, and varied mountain scenery than any other part of Ireland. Dingle town is a lively town full of Irish traditional Pubs and Restaurants serving great food and drink. Most of the pubs have  traditional Irish Music in the evenings. The Dingle Peninsula is home to many wonders - second highest mountain range in the country, a wealth of archaeological sites, home to some of the finest traditional music, dance and the Irish language. There is a host of activities to experience around Dingle for the young and old alike. The Dingle Peninsula experience is one you will remember for a long time to come.

 

 

 

Boat Hire/sailing

Yacht Charter:

 

Dingle Boat HireIf you would like to stay on the Dingle Peninsula, why not charter a yacht and experience a holiday of a lifetime. You may wish to moor in Dingle's Marina or perhaps you prefer the open sea and the adventure of setting sail to different places.

 

The Oceanis 351 Clipper is very fast with taut lines, maximum waterline length and a wide beam ensuring excellent stability. The saloon and galley offer full headroom (1.9m) and plenty of working/stowage space.

 

Two equal sized aft cabins and a generous forward cabin provide ocean-going accommodation.

 

Electrical Equipment: 2 Batteries, Log, Depth, Wind D/S, Autopilot,Stereo Radio Cassette player, Water heater, Fuse board and battery selector switch, GPS., Navigation lights, VHF

 

Deck and Safety Equipment: Electrical Anchor Winch, Second anchor, Life raft, Full safety inventory (YCA), Safety lines, Flare kit, Emergency tiller Radar reflector, Compass, Fog horn, Horse shoe and light, 2 Torches, First Aid Kit, Harnesses Lines, Life jackets, Bosuns chair, Tool kit, 3 Fire extinguisher, Fire blanket, Spare oil, Owners manual and Manuals, Spare diesel, Spare Petrol, Winch handles, 2 Bilge pumps, 5 Fenders, Brush and mop, Spare warp, Dinghy and oars, Foot pump, Boat hook, Bucket and Sponges and funnels, 2 Gas cylinders

 

Navigational Equipment: Log book, Pencil and eraser, Parallel ruler, Protractor, Dividers, Binoculars, VHF, GPS , Hand held compass, Instruments, Imray & Admirality Charts, Almanac, Cruising guide.Galley: Pressurised Hot & Cold water system, Refrigerator with ice compartment, Oven, 2-ring burner and grill. Cutlery, crockery & tea towels.

 

Technical Data: L.O.A.: 10,50 m Max. beam: 3,80 m Displacement: 5 300 kg approx. Sail area: 59 m2 (Mainsail with two automatic reefs - new 2004)(Roller furling Jib). 

 

Rates:

 

Daily: € 350

Weekend: €700

Weekly: €1750

Cycling

Bicycle Hire:

 

The very best way to discover the beauty of our Dingle Peninsula is on a bicycle. While you have sufficient speed to cover a large area comfortably you don't whizz by at fourty or fifty miles an hour, missing the minutiae of hedgerows teeming with wild life, or the subtlety of the ever changing light and spectacular cloud formations. On a bike, you are not just looking at the scenery - you are part of it ! We can help you plan your route and supply maps.


Rates:

 

Per Day:    € 10

Per Week: € 55

 

 


 

Cycling tour are also available on the Dingle Peninsula, please see our Cycling section for more info on the tours available.

 

Eco Tours

Blasket Islands Eco Tour:

 

Enjoy a fascinating 3 hour guided tour of the Blasket islands aboard our two new 70 passenger Eco Tour Boats.

 

Soak in the magnificent scenery of Inisvickilaun (look out for the herd of Red deer), Inisnabro (Cathedral rocks) and the Great Blasket Island.

 

Cruise among the seals, puffins, gannets and other seabirds of the outer islands while keeping watch for whales, dolphins and porpoises.

 

Rates:

 

Per Adult:          € 40

Per ChildU12:   € 25

 


 

Blasket Islands Eco Tour(from Dún Chaoin):

 

Leaving from the traditional departure point of Dún Chaoin (Dunquin), 15km west of Dingle.

 

The Eco Marine Adventure Tour is a 2.5 hour guided boat tour around the Blasket Islands Archipelago.

 

The Eco Tour takes you to previously unexplored landscapes and seascapes, visiting places such as Cathedral Rocks and seeing a host of wildlife such as seals, dolphins, sharks, whales, sunfish, puffins, terns, cormorants, shags, guillemots, gulls, choughs etc.

 

The tours depart at 12.00 and 15.00hrs sharp

 

Rates:

 

Per Adult:          € 30

Per ChildU12:   € 15

 


 

Ballydavid Eco Tour:

 

Dingle Eco TourJoin Eco Tours for a tour of the coast and experience the sights of rich flora and fauna.

From the stunning coastline views to the thrill of catching sight of West Kerry’s residential and migrant species: dolphins, whales, puffins, seals, sunfish and even the rare leatherback turtles this magical trip is an experience for families, birdwatchers, photographers and nature enthusiasts alike.

 

The tours depart from Ballydavid Pier.

 

Rates:

 

Per Adult:          €

Per ChildU12:   €

Fishing

Sea Angling:

 

Whether you are a novice fisherman or an experienced angler, you can experience the thrills of deep-sea fishing in Dingle Bay on board our fully licensed and equipped angling boats. Catch includes pollack, mackerel, ling, cod, conger and tope.

 

We offer full, half-day and 2 hour trips. Children welcome

 

Rates:

 

(Per Person) 12 max

2 hr:          € 25

Half Day(4hrs):   € 40

Full Day(8hrs):   € 75

Historical Tour

Sciúird Archaeology Tours:

 

Dingle ToursExperienced guided minibus tours visiting a number of archaeological sites on the Western part of the Dingle Peninsula. Your guide will have knowledge on the local sites and area.

Tours last up to 2.5 hours.

 

Rates:

 

Per Adult:          €

Per ChildU12:   €

Horse Riding

Dingle Adventure Riding:

 

One Hour Trek Itinerary


Dingle Horse RidingThis trek takes riders up into the hills overlooking the beautiful Dingle Peninsula. You leave the Stables and follow an old country road through lush Irish farmland to a small hillside path that leads you up into the hills. At the top, there is a chance for more experienced riders to quicken the pace with a canter along the ridge while less experienced riders can enjoy the scenery and take advantage of an unmissable photo opportunity. The view is magnificent--behind you, the Brandon Mountain Range, in front of you a patchwork of green fields and the sea beyond. From here you head back to the Stables by a hillside path overlooking the town of Dingle and the busy harbour beyond.
This is a one hour long trek which departs daily at 11:00 & 2:30.

 

Rates:

 

Per Person: € 30

 

Two Hour Trek Itinerary


This trek sets out from the Stables and follows much the same path as the one-hour trek, but at a faster pace. You then head down through town and out around the Harbour where you have a good chance of seeing Fungi,, the Dingle dolphin. Down on the beach, in the shadow of ancient ruins, you can go for an exhilarating gallop along the shore before cooling off in the sea. You then make your return to the Stables via Main Street, passing pubs and restaurants that you might want to visit after your trek!
This is a two hour long trek which departs daily at 11:00

 

Rates:

 

Per Person: €50

 

Half Day Trek Itinerary

 

This trek takes you to the most westerly landfall in Europe. You leave the stables and cut across the Dingle Peninsula in the shadow of Mount Brandon. Your destination is the beautiful beach in Muireach, nestled in a cove protected from the roaring Atlantic by the famous peaks of the Three Sisters. Once on the beach, you can gallop along shore or bring your horse wading in the sea. Have a camera ready because this beach is one of the most picturesque beaches in Ireland and pictures taken here will be a memory for a life time!
This is a three to four hour trek which departs at 10:00 each morning with a minimum of two riders.

 

Rates:

 

Per Person: €95


Full Day Trek Itinerary

 

Dingle Horse Riding2This trek leaves the stables and follows the Harbour coast overlooking Lord Ventry's Estate (the setting for some of the film Ryan's Daughter) before turning inland to make your way to the sleepy village of Ventry. Once there, you head out onto the beach for a gallop, which will earn you a well deserved break for lunch in Páidi O'Sé's Pub. After lunch you set out to make your way up Mount Eagle. The going can be difficult, but it will be worth it when you get to the top and see the breathtaking view of Dunquin with the famous Great Blasket Island and The Sleeping Giant beyond. From here you turn and head home, making your way through lush farmland full of fields dotted with ancient ruins.
This is a five to six hour trek which departs at 10:00 each morning with a minimum of two riders.

 

Rates:

 

Per Person: €135

Kayaking/Canoeing

Kayaking Trips:

 

Kayaking with Fungi

Enjoy a half-day's sea kayaking in Dingle Harbour, see Fungi the Dolphin at the mouth of the harbour and explore some of the many sea caves.
This trip is available to all - beginners to advanced paddlers. Although not physically demanding, it provides a great introduction to sea kayaking, covering basic kayaking skills.
Times: 09.30 to 12.30 and 2.00 to 5.00

 

Rates:

 

Per Person: Half Day: €50

 

Sunrise & Sunset Sea-Kayaking

Half Day - Experience the peaceful waters of Dingle Harbour and Dingle Bay at their most tranquil at the beginning and end of the day.
This trip is available to all - beginners to advanced paddlers. It is not arduous but as well as visiting Fungi and sea caves, it also covers basic kayaking skills. Times dependent on time of sunrise and sunset.

 

Rates:

 

Per Person: Half Day: €50

 

Ventry to Dingle Kayak

Full Day - Kayak this amazing section of coastline. Enjoy the sheltered waters of Ventry Harbour before kayaking along the remote, rugged coastline under the shadow of Esk tower, which points the way to Dingle Harbour.
Time 10.00- 16.30

 

Rates:

 

Per Person: Full Day: €85

 

Blasket Islands Kayak

Full Day - Hard Kayak from Dunmore Head, the most westerly point of Ireland and Europe across the Blasket Sound to the isolated, abandoned Great Blasket Island. Stop on the beach and visit some of the historic sites of the island. Visit the largest seal colony in the area before exploring the rugged coastline of the great Blasket Islands.
Time 09.30- 16.30

 

Rates:

 

Per Person: Full Day: €95

Marine Tours

Dingle Bay Tour:

 

Join us on a one and a half hour guided tour of Dingle Bay.

 

Departing from the marina keep an eye out for Fungie the resident dolphin as we pass through the entrance of Dingle harbour.  Outside the harbour we cruise along the coast while our guide explains the geology of the spectacular cliff formations and the social history that also shaped the landscape.

 

Our guide and crew  will also help you to  identify the seabirds encountered on the trip which include gannets, cormorants, guillemots, shags and more.

 

While enjoying a pleasant sea cruise you will also travel through millions of years of history from the formation of the earth to the more recent features of iron age promontory forts and famine era monuments.

 

Rates:

 

Per Person: €

 


 

Fungi Trip:

 

In 1983 Fungie, a wild Bottlenose Dolphin, choose to make Dingle Harbour his home. Fungie is a wild Bottlenose Dolphin, no one is quite sure of his age but he has been here for nearly 25 years and the experts tell us he has a lifespan of between 40 and 50 years.

He is about 13 feet in length and weighs around 250lbs. The media named him in the early years and although there is no meaning in the Irish language for the word 'Fungie', it does suggest he is a Fun-Guy!

 

People from all walks of life, from all over the world, from 2 weeks to 93 years old, have come to Dingle especially to see Fungie. Join us on one of our fully licensed boats for a memorable trip to see him.

 

The boats leave Dingle Pier at regular intervals during the day, every day, all year round (weather permitting) on a 1 hour trip to see Fungie wild and free in his natural habitat.

 

 

Rates:

 

Per Adult:           € 16

Per Child(U12):  €  8

 

 


 

 

Blasket Island Ferry:

 

"Loch an Iasc"  is a fast (40 Minute) 12 passenger ferry from Dingle Marina to the Great Blasket Island.

Watch out for Fungie the dolphin at the entrance to Dingle Harbour, then sit back and soak in the scenery as you round Slea Head and approach the Blasket Island.

The island evacuated in 1953, was home to many famous Irish writers including Peig Sayers.

Walk the 1100 acres of unspoilt largely mountainous terrain, relax on the beautiful beach or explore the abandoned village and the fascinating cultural and literary history of the island.

The ferry departs from Dingle Yacht Marina every 2 hours.

 

Rates:

 

Return Per Adult:          € 35

Return Per ChildU12:   € 25

 


 

 

Blasket Island Ferry(from Dún Chaoin):

 

Leaving from the traditional departure point of Dún Chaoin (Dunquin), 15km west of Dingle.

 

The ferry to the Great Blasket Island takes approx. 15 minutes each way and passengers are given a set of return times which enables them to spend as long or as little time as they want exploring the island.

 

Departure times: 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 17.00

 

Rates:

 

Return Per Adult:          € 20

Return Per ChildU12:   € 10

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing:

 

Kerry offers a great variety of rock climbing, from the sea cliffs of Doonsheen in Dingle to the Glaciated cliff of the Gap of Dunloe. Irish Adventures offers a variety of rock climbing, whether you have a climbed before or new to the sport, we will select a location and climb to suit your needs. Just contact us with how many members in your group and will give you a quote. All rock climbing activities are run by qualified rock climbing instructors.

 

Rates:

 

Per Person: €

Scuba Diving

Dive Center:

 

The dive center in Dingle Marina has everything a diver could dream of. A brand new rib, all new diving gear, showers , dressingroom..., You name it we’ve got it. A very experienced, and devoted staff ,lots of enthusiasm and crazy about diving.

 

We love diving on the Blasket Islands and weather permitting, this is where you will find us most of the time.

 

When the weather gods are against us, we are blessed with some very sheltered dive spots, where you can still enjoy the beauty of Ireland’s underwater world.

 

We do all PADI courses from Discover scuba to Divemaster. Please use the contact form to receive a full list of courses and rates.

 

Open Water Dives:

 

We have a number of world class dive sites, please contact us to get more information but below is a taster of what we can offer:

 

Crow rock: The crow rock is a landmark for returning sailors Almost hidden under the water at high tide. A beautifull dive spot not to far from our homebase.Walls covered with dead man’s fingers, ananomies, big yellow sponges.Conger Eel , Lobster, Pollack, Cuckoes Wrasse...

 

Parkmore Point: West of the entrance from Ventry Harbour.

Here you will find canyonlike crevises,Ling, Wrasse, Spider Crab, Sole, Brill are just a few of the magnificent inhabitants you will encounter on a really great dive.

 

Shearrock: Sheltered  from northerly winds,not far from the harbour, but lovely divespotIn depths between 10 and 20 m you can find rocks  covered with Jewel Anenomies.

A giant lobster has made his residence  here.

 

Rates:

 

Vary from course to course and dive to dive depending on number of divers etc., please contact us with your details and we can assemble a quote for you.