The Dingle Peninsula is the most westerly point in Ireland and retains much of its tradition and folklore. Dingle and its environs is a Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) area and are also steeped in a rich history and culture. Stretching westward from the town of Tralee for 30 miles, the peninsula has a backbone of mountains, the highest being Mount Brandon, 3,127 ft (952m)The stunning scenery of the peninsula offers the perfect backdrop for many activities.. The Dingle Peninsula is steeped in the most fascinating archaeological and geological history in the country. There is evidence that the area was submerged in water over 400 million years ago followed by volcanic activity which left behind rhyolite, a rock still found at Ferriters Cove.The earliest evidence of human settlement dates back to 3500 BC, while the landscape is dotted with reminders of early Christian times. To discover the real countryside and its people you should walk or cycle at least some of your stay, you will discover ring forts, monastic sites, castles and ogham stones scattered throughout the land and with a beautiful setting to compliment.
The Blasket islands were once home to a community rich in tradition, folklore, culture and the Irish language. Due to the ravages of time and the decrease in population the Blaskets were finally evacuated in 1953 and an era ended. Now the lives of the people who once inhabited this wild island off the most westerly tip of the Dingle Peninsula is recreated at The Great Blasket Centre at Dun Chaoin about ten miles from Dingle. The lives of the people who once lived here, photographs and storytelling are recreated at the centre. You can avail of guided tours of the centre, audio visual presentation and see a scale model of Blasket village as it once was. Friendly locals, spectacular scenery and great Guinness are what the Dingle Peninsula is all about. Dingle is the most westerly town in Europe and the chief town of the peninsula. It is an excellent centre for the visitor and though a progressive town, it still retains much of the old-world atmosphere of a fishing village. Other towns and cities may rival it for eating and drinking, but which of those can boast as well the music, the banter, the sea, the sand, the scenery, a certain dolphin, and the easy warmth of the welcome. The local strain of craic is highly infectious. Quieter pleasures include a number of interesting walks, a great many historical remains, especially ogham stones, and the gentle call of the ambient hills. Nor is Dingle devoid of gravitas. This was and is a serious market town, built upon fishing and farming. And the banks, offices, and emporia on Main Street still lend an air of stability. The town is an ideal base for exploring the Dingle Peninsula.