I’ve spent over a month in Ireland, exploring beautiful towns, stunning scenic drives, and falling in love with Irish history and culture. I recently rediscovered my lost pictures of Dingle and my trip down the Wild Atlantic Way, and going through them to edit the photos was like reliving the trip all over again. One of my favorite Irish towns is Dingle, and I absolutely loved spending an afternoon going through and editing my Dingle photographs. Here are my thirty favorite photos of Dingle (though I have hundreds of them).
My Favorite Pictures of Dingle
In no particular order…
My Favorite Pictures of Dingle’s Colorful Streets
Dingle is just such a pretty and colorful town! But it’s so much more than just one nice main street since there are tons of blocks and hidden corners to explore.
Photos of Dingle Bay
I went on a dolphin tour of Dingle Bay to see Fungi the dolphin, but there’s a lot more to do out here than just looking for one dolphin at play. The scenery and surrounding landmarks are gorgeous to see from out on the water (plus, it’s always awesome to be on a boat).
My Favorite Pics of Dingle Peninsula Loop & Slea Head Drive
I love touring the scenic drives of Ireland, and Slea Head Drive (also known as the Dingle Peninsula Loop) absolutely does not disappoint!
Pictures from Dingle’s Wonderful Irish Pubs
If you love beer culture and pub culture, then you’ll fall in love with Dingle. There are over fifty pubs in Dingle, but here are my pics of a handful of them.
Pictures of Dingle’s Charming Shops
I don’t always shop when I travel, but it’s hard to resist the pull of the beautiful craft stores and small business lining Dingle’s streets.
Photos of Dingle’s Religious Sites
You can’t go anywhere in Ireland without running into a church or two, but the ones in Dingle are quietly beautiful than, say, the Cathedrals of Dublin or Belfast. I loved how peaceful it was to walk around them.
Finally, Pictures of Dingle’s Most Hobbit-Like Houses
I could curl up in one of these with a book and a cup of tea, couldn’t you?
5 Things to Pack for Dingle
- The Lonely Planet Ireland guidebook or the Rick Steves Ireland guidebook for your trip. It can be kind of a pain to find the major guidebooks once you land, or you’ll find them overpriced. I always like to pick mine up ahead of time.
- An Unlocked Cell Phone so that you can use an Irish sim card while here.
- Melatonin if you’ll be traveling transatlantic and your sleep schedule will be disrupted.
- Universal Outlet Adapters if your appliances are from North America or Continental Europe or any part of the world that uses outlets different than Ireland & the UK.
- Leap Year so you can watch a movie that “takes place in Dingle” while you’re actually in Dingle!
Where to Stay in Dingle
There are lots of cute hotels and B&Bs here, so choosing where to stay in Dingle depends on your budget and travel style. I’m including a recommendation for Dingle hotels and hostels for each of the following budget categories:
- Budget: A room in a hostel, usually $25-35 USD per night for a dorm bed or under $70 for a double.
- Mid-range: Around $75-125 USD per night
- Luxury: Around $150 per night or more
Budget: Ireland is no budget destination, but the hostel dorms at Rainbow Hostel are cozy and affordable compared to the rest of the town. Complete with free wifi, Rainbow Hostel is about a kilometer from the center of town. Check the pricing, reviews, and availability here.
Mid-Range: For a uniquely Irish experience, stay at Nellie Fred’s, a pub with rooms to rent upstairs. You’ll be right in the heart of Dingle, and you can stay out and enjoy Dingle at night without worrying about how you’ll get home (because all you have to do is go upstairs)! The rooms are bright and modern yet cozy. Check the pricing, reviews, and availability here.
Luxury: For a more luxurious Dingle hotel experience, stay at the four-star Dingle Skellig Hotel and Peninsula Spa. With three pools and a spa, the hotel is a great place to come back to and relax when you’re done sightseeing for the day. Located a bit outside of town right on the bay, the views are stunning. The hotel is especially good for families traveling with children since there is a children’s pool with a waterfall. Check the pricing, reviews, and availability here.
Don’t Forget to Get Travel Insurance
Never travel without a valid travel insurance policy, because accidents happen on the road. I pay for World Nomads, and I happily recommend them. It’s especially important to get travel insurance when you’ll be doing any outdoor activities or hanging out in traditional tourists spots (since tourists are easy targets, unfortunately).
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More Ireland Travel Resources
Next, if you’re still hammering out your itinerary, I have some posts designed to help you pick where to go:
- 10 Spectacular Scenic Drives in Ireland
- Ring of Kerry or Dingle Peninsula
- Dublin or Belfast: Which Emerald Isle City is Right for You?
- 30 of the Most Instagrammable Places in Ireland
If you love listening to podcasts to help you plan your trip, I have several Ireland episodes you can dive into. Check out my podcast episodes about Ireland and Northern Ireland:
- The Literary Pubs of Dublin
- The Storied History of the Guinness Storehouse
- Rick Steves Over Brunch (Dublin episode coming soon!)
- Belfast and the Troubles
- Rick Steves Over Brunch: Belfast and the Best of Northern Ireland