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Dingle Things to Do – Attractions & Must See

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Dingle Things to Do

Dingle is the only town on the Dingle Peninsula, which is located in Ireland. Although it is a very small town, Dingle’s location along the Atlantic coast and its natural beauty create a numbers of attractions and things to do when visiting.

The Peninsula

If you’re visiting Dingle, take a moment to drive along the winding road that travels around the peninsula and goes up and down the mountain. Drivers should be warned that the roads are extremely narrow, though there is not much traffic in general. You can also hop on a bike and travel around the entire Dingle Peninsula. It takes about four hours to do so and is recommended to anyone who likes scenic coastal biking.

Buildings

There is a fort on Slea Head Drive that is situated on the edge of a mountain. Known as Dunbeg Fort, these early ruins are quite impressive. It is the best preserved of the Irish Forts and dates back to the Iron Age. There is also the Gallarus Oratory nearby. This place is from the 8th century and was constructed without mortar, cement, or other modern materials. Instead, the church is constructed from precisely laid stones that keep the inside of the building perfectly dry.

The Beehive Huts

The Beehive Huts are a popular attraction on Dingle Island and are located mainly west of Dingletown. The beehive huts, or Clocháns, are dry-stone huts built in the middle ages. The stones were corbelled—laid at a slight angle, lower on the outside than on the inside—thus allowing rainwater to run off. It is thought that these structures were built as dwellings for monastic settlements, such as those used by the monks who followed St. Patrick.

On Slea Head Drive, look for the Bee Hive Huts. The cost of admission is 3 euros, and then you have to hike up the hill to reach them. The scenery along the way is breathtaking though, and makes for wonderful views along the way.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in Dingle.       

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