Welcome to my Clean Travel Guide to Dingle, Ireland! This guide is filled with Dingle highlights, Irish cultural sites, clean eating options, and wellness activities!

Dingle is a small, coastal, fisherman town on the Western coast of Ireland, that is just North of the Ring of Kerry.

This coastal town has incredible local eating establishments, boutiques, artisan shops, and is the starting point for Slea Head Drive.

When we visited, I wasn\’t sure how easy it was going to be to \”travel clean\” here, since many of the local establishments don\’t have much of an online presence.

But, when I got here, I was surprised at the number of clean eating options, wellness-focused activities, and businesses, and I was excited to write this Clean Travel Guide to Dingle!

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Getting to Dingle

There are a few different ways to get to the Dingle Peninsula. I liked having a rental car to explore Dingle and drive Slea Head Drive at our leisure. If this isn\’t an option for you, then there are other choices for getting to Dingle!

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CAR – Driving from Dublin to Dingle takes approximately 4hr 15min via M7 from Dublin to Limerick, N21 to Tralee, and N86 into Dingle.

FLY – You can fly to Dublin, Cork, Kerry, or Shannon and then drive to Dingle with a rental car, on a public/private transport bus, or a private hire taxi.

TRAINIrish Rail Trains run from Dublin and Cork to Tralee (the closest train station to Dingle – 1hr).

BUSBus Eireann has bus networks that can bring you to Dingle from many major cities around Ireland.

Why I Love Dingle

  • Dingle is a beautiful coastal town. You can surf at Inch Beach, swim, drive the coast, and get the freshest wild-caught seafood.
  • There are a number of local clean eating restaurants and cafés that use local Irish produce, pasture-raised meats, and wild-caught fish.
  • Local guesthouses, artisans, and boutiques are sprinkled throughout the town.
  • Slea Head Drive on the Dingle Peninsula is full of historical sites and remarkable views. Very similar to the Ring of Kerry in its geography and attractions, but only takes 2-3 hours to drive (with stops)!
  • Some of the most beautiful sites in the world can be found on this Peninsula.
  • Connor Pass, The Dingle Way, and Mount Brandon are just a few of the many walking and hiking trails on the Dingle Peninsula.

Slea Head Drive vs. Ring of Kerry

Slea Head Drive is the Dingle Peninsula equivalent to the Ring of Kerry.

Typically driving both of these is not advised because the time it takes to drive the Ring of Kerry alone can be 3-8 hours depending on the number of stops you make.

They are both relatively similar except for the fact that the Ring of Kerry is longer, has a larger number of stops and physical attractions, and explores a larger geographical area.

My 10-day Wellness Itinerary to Ireland talks more about my time in both areas. It can be a difficult decision, but out of the two, I enjoyed Dingle more.

STAY

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Greenmount House

The house is spacious, with a couple of common lounge areas, and a breakfast room lined with windows looking out onto the Bay. Greenmount has a Bar that is always open with drinks and snacks for guests.

Greenmount House is a luxury B&B in Dingle that sits on a hill looking over Dingle Bay. It is a 2-minute walk from the town center.

The guestrooms are the best that we stayed in during our trip to Ireland. They are all updated, lush, and had more pillows than we had seen our entire trip, ha!

Greenmount Amenities

  • Complimentary local, seasonal breakfast
  • Afternoon Snack Menu you can enjoy in the lounge, dining area, or your room
  • \”Honesty\” Bar with Wine/Drink & Snack options (sign out what you take and pay when you check out)
  • Fresh Currated Picnic Lunch for a Day Trip (extra cost)
  • Full Laundry Service (extra cost)
  • An Extensive Dingle Guide in each room with activity and restaurant recommendations

Ashe’s Bed & Breakfast

Ashe\’s is a quaint, modest Bed & Breakfast with 6 rooms, located a 1-minute walk from Dingle Town Center.

Breakfast is complimentary, locally sourced, and organic! They also offer a vegetarian breakfast option instead of a full Irish breakfast.

Dingle Skellig Hotel & Peninsula Spa

The Dingle Skellig Hotel is a luxury hotel with beautiful views overlooking Dingle Bay.

Dingle Skellig Dining has meal options throughout the day with seasonal and local produce and meats.

  • There are several different meal options for dietary restrictions like paleo, vegan, vegetarian, etc.
  • You\’ll find a few organic options, including wine.
  • There is a great looking non-alcoholic cocktail on their drink list.

Peninsula Spa is a highlight of the Dingle Skellig Hotel.

  • The treatments offered and products used at the spa are organic, clean, and wellness-focused with immune and health enhancing treatment options.
  • Many of the treatments are adjusted for pregnant individuals
  • They use products from VOYA – the world\’s first certified organic seaweed skincare brand with essential oils and hand-harvested seaweed.
  • The spa has a Relaxation Suite, Finnish Sauna, Essence Steam Room, and an Outdoor Hottub for guests to enjoy complimentary before or after their treatment.

Castlewood House

This is an award-winning, luxury boutique hotel in Dingle, that overlooks Dingle Bay and is a minute\’s walk from Dingle Marina.

Castlewood Amenities

  • Collector\’s Corner – an onsite selection of antiques, art, and collectables available for sale
  • Honesty Bar with drinks and snacks to sign out and pay for on departure
  • Compliementary afternoon tea/cofee in the drawing room
  • Special Packages that include classic Dingle Excursions and Activities. Makes trip planning easy!
  • Breakfast is locally sourced, seasonal, with a few organic options!

EAT

Bean in Dingle

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This is a local Coffee shop established in Dingle with the first-ever coffee roasted in Dingle. It\’s NOT organic.

Doyle\’s Seafood

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Doyle\’s is a Dingle staple and is a *must-eat* if you go to Dingle! It is so popular, always busy, and has a wonderful menu with fresh Ireland seafood. It is walkable from most hotels and guesthouses in the main Dingle town.

The menu is unique and has a lot of options. We ate here on our paleo diet, no problem. You\’ll find allergens listed, like most restaurants, and they were helpful in making any menu adjustments.

*Be sure to make a reservation!

Thyme Out

Thyme Out is a delicious vegetarian cafe with vegan options. It has a few tables inside and a couple in the back garden, but encourages call ahead orders and take away. They have a seasonally rotating menu that is written on a chalkboard easel at the door.

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This was the best, after a foggy and chilly journey around Slea Head Drive!

Fenton’s of Dingle

Fenton\’s is another Dingle staple. It\’s a nicer place to eat dinner in Dingle, has a great atmosphere, and is extremely popular.

Fenton\’s is family-run, with a background in farming and all ingredients are locally sourced! Their menu serves beef from a local organic farm, produce from local Dingle farmers or the Fenton farm, and seafood from local Dingle peninsula fishermen.

Their website has an \’ingredients tab\’ that lists the source of their meats and produce. Pretty amazing!

*Be sure and make reservations!

Seed and Soul

Seed and Soul is a local wellness café that serves organic coffee and CBD products.

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Juice for Thought

Juice for Thought is a small local café with organic coffee, fresh cold-pressed juices, salads, tea, and local goods.

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Murphy\’s Ice Cream

Murphy\’s Ice Cream is a family-owned business that started in Dingle. You\’ll now see them in larger, popular cities in Ireland because it\’s so good!

What\’s great about Murphy\’s is that they make their ice cream without – colorings, flavoring, or powdered milk. But they do make it withindigenous Kerry cow\’s milk, local cream, free-range eggs, and organic sugar!

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HEALTH SHOPS

Grá Dingle Health Foods

Grá is a health food store on Main Street in Dingle. They sell supplements, health foods, gluten, dairy, and sugar-free alternatives, body products, and eco-home products!

ACTIVITIES

Get a Treatment at Dingle Wellness

Dingle Wellness is an incredible place to visit to unwind, recharge, and rejuvenate. They are 100% focused on holistic wellness and taking advantage of the health benefits from the environment surrounding them.

Unlike normal spas, they have unique treatments like Organic Seaweed Baths, Acupuncture, and Reflexology!

Drive Slea Head Drive

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Slea Head Drive is a *must* if you are visiting Dingle. On this winding drive along the Dingle Peninsula coast, you\’ll see incredible views, local restaurants and café, and local artisan shops!

If you have already done Ring of Kerry, then you can probably pass on it.

*Check out my Guide to Dingle Peninsula Slea Head Drive for details on stops and attractions!

Go Surfing of SUP with Dingle Surf

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Dingle Surf is a retail shop in the town center with some great merchandise, and they offer surf lessons and SUP tours!

I wish we could have done a lesson while we were there, but it was very cold and we just didn\’t have the time. NEXT time it\’s on the agenda!

Walk Inch Beach

Inch Beach is just outside of Dingle – you\’ll pass it on the way to Dingle if you are coming from Dublin or Kerry.

It\’s a magnificent, long stretch of beach that brings surfers and passing travelers from all over. Catch it at sunset…it\’s incredible.

Dingle Art, Craft & Gift Trail

Dingle has an Art, Craft and Gift Trail that explores the town and peninsula while bringing you to local artisan shops.

Many hotels or guesthouses will have a map to the trail or be able to guide you in exploring it. The link above brings you to Dingle\’s town website where they also have a pdf map you can download.

Take a Deep Sea Fishing Excursion

Dingle is right on Dingle Bay, which leads out to the North Atlantic Ocean. If you love fishing or have never been on a deep-sea fishing excursion, this is a great place to do it!

Kayak Dingle Bay with Irish Adventures

Explore the Bay, Cliffs, and Sea Caves while Kayaking Dingle Bay!

Take a Day Trip to Blasket Islands via Ferry

Blasket Islands are off the coast of the Dingle Peninsula. Many people take this trip to see the Star Wars: Last Jedi filming location on Dunmore Head, which the Ferry passes.

Blasket Islands are a great day trip. You get to see the seals, a beautiful beach, and there are several great hikes and walking trails to enjoy.

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*Hourly Ferries depart from 10:30 from Dunquin Pier (along Slea Head Drive).

Walk the Dunmore Head Loop

Dunmore Head is famously known for being a location in Star Wars: Last Jedi. It is also one of the most westerly points in Ireland.

You can find the start to Dunmore Head Loop near Coumeenoole Bay, on Slea Head Drive. It\’s an easy 1.6-mile loop hike with incredible views of Blasket Islands, cliffs, and even some wildlife!

Hike Mount Brandon

Mount Brandon is the highest point of the Dingle Peninsula and is found in the northern part of the peninsula.

It\’s a great place for a day trip to do some hiking.

Drive Connor Pass

Connor Pass is one of the highest mountain passes in Ireland. It runs 12km with incredible views of mountains and lakes.

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