A Dublin to Dingle Ireland Road Trip: Things to Do on the Dingle Peninsula in March

A Dublin to Dingle Peninsula road trip in Ireland - Gallatus Oratory
The Dingle Peninsula is one of the premiere destinations for a road trip in Ireland. We'd been living in Dublin for five years and somehow still hadn't made the drive from Dublin to Dingle. We decided to rectify the situation this year and planned a road trip to Dingle from Dublin over the Paddy's Day weekend in March. Read on for ideas of things to do in Dingle on a 4-day St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Irish Hospitality in Dingle at Browne's B and B

Dublin to Dingle road trip - Browne's B&B

We set ourselves up for the weekend just outside of Dingle Town (just a 20 minute walk away). Browne's Bed and Breakfast featured lovely farm and bay views. We could have spent the entire trip watching the lambs frolic across the street. Too cute and very zen. The breakfast was filling with a number of options to try each day. We'd definitely recommend checking out Browne's.

Downing a Pint in Colorful Dingle Town

St. Patrick's Day Weekend on Dingle Peninsula - Colorful buildings of Dingle Town

Walking into town, we were spoiled for choice of pubs to grab a Paddy's Day pint. 

Amazing Seafood in Dingle Town

What to eat on the Dingle Peninsula - plate of mussels in Dingle Town

Dingle is also known for its amazing and fresh seafood. Most folks from the region balk about having seafood anywhere else, even in Dublin. It's just not the same. We enjoyed dinner at Out of the Blue, a seafood only restaurant in Dingle Town.

Dunbeg Fort on The Dingle Peninsula

Drive Dingle Peninsula - Dunbeg Fort
For the ultimate freedom to explore, a car is a must. We drove out to Slea Head at the far end of the Dingle Peninsula. Our first stop was at Dunbeg Fort, an Iron Age fort practically spilling into the sea. 
Dublin to Dingle Peninsula road trip - Dunbeg Fort

Visit The Westernmost Point in Ireland in Dingle

Things to do in Dingle in March - curving road, westernmost point in Ireland

Slea Head drive took us to the Westernmost point in Ireland. The point is marked by a big bright white crucifix.

Scenic Views On The Dingle Peninsula

What to do in Dingle - admire craggy cliffs and sea

The views on the way to Dingle and along Slea Head are positively stunning. We pulled over as often as possible to take pictures.
Dublin to Dingle road trip - green fields

A Challenging Dingle Hike with (No) Snakes and Ladders

Things to do on the Dingle Peninsula - rocky hill
It's definitely important on any road trip to take time to get out and stretch your legs. We parked at the Blasket Centre and walked the nearby loop trail. We even detoured up a large hill for sweeping views of the sea.
Hiking Dingle - rocky hill and sea views
There were a couple points in the trail when it wasn't clear exactly which direction to go. The map suggested that the trail would continue along the water, but it was all fenced off. Fortunately, we spotted this ladder, climbed up and over, and continued on the trail. 
Hiking on the Dingle Peninsula- trail ladder
Some of the best scenery on the trail is beyond these ladders.
Hiking the Dingle Peninsula - cliffs and sea

Get Close to the Water on the Dingle Peninsula

St. Patrick's Day Weekend on Dingle Peninsula - cliffs and sea

Near the end of the loop trail, I spied a rough staircase descending to the sea. Always curious, we descended into what looked like a man made bath. We enjoyed the views at sea level as we listened to the waves crashing into shore. Positively stunning.

Explore Dingle's Beehives

What to see in Dingle - beehive huts

Ancient architecture features prominently along the Dingle Peninsula. We've already talked about the Dunbeg Fort. The area also features a number of beehive stone structures that are more difficult to date but that are thought to originate around the 12th century when Normans forced the Irish away from the best lands. This area may not be as good for farming, but those 12th century hut dwellers certainly had no shortage of amazing sea views.

Find A Reason to Go Vegetarian in Dingle Town

What to see in Dingle Town - adorable lamb

I have to say, I was very tempted to go vegetarian on this trip especially after I saw this adorable little lamb peeking out at us curiously as we explored the beehive huts. If you visit Dingle in Spring, expect to see many cute sheep.

Marvel at Gallatus Oratory in Dingle

What to see on the Dingle Peninsula - Gallatus Oratory

The Gallatus Oratory is another impressive stop on the Dingle Peninsula. It's a perfectly preserved beehive church believed to date back to the fifth or sixth century. It's amazing to see how a structure like this, so unprotected and out in the windswept elements of Dingle has survived through the centuries.

Grab a Pint at Dingle Brewing Company

Things to do in Dingle in March - Dingle Brewing Company, Tom Crean

As with any road trip, it's a great feeling to drop the car off at the end of a fine day's exploration and tuck into a well deserved pint. Back in Dingle Town, we stopped at Tom Crean. Tom Crean is a craft beer brewery named after the Irish Antarctic explorer. We sipped our pint as we toured the premises and learned more about this man who signed on for not one, not two, but THREE Antarctic expeditions before retiring to run the South Pole Inn in nearby Anascaul. 

Watch Gorgeous Dingle Sunsets

What to see in Dingle - Gorgeous Sunsets

Our St. Patrick's Day weekend in Dingle was also blessed with some amazing sunsets. We enjoyed strolling along the harbor and watching the sun melt away to a deep orange glow.

Try a Murphy's with your Murphy's in Dingle Town

Things to do in Dingle Town: Eat Murphy's Ice Cream
Dingle is the land of Murphy's...ice cream, that is. There is a Murphy's outlet in Dublin but the original is in Dingle Town. We stopped in to try a scoop made with Dingle sea salt and milk from Kerry cows. For a treat we thought, why not combine a scoop of Murphy's ice cream with a pint of Murphy's at a nearby pub :-)
Things to do in Dingle Town: Drink a Pint of Murphy's Beer

Tap Your Feet to Paddy's Day Trad Sessions in Dingle Town

Things to do in Dingle Town for Paddy's Day: Listen to Trad Music
No Paddy's Day in Ireland is complete without a bit of traditional Irish Music. Most pubs have musicians planning on most nights. We especially enjoyed the craic at John Moriarty's in Dingle Town.

What are some of your favorite St. Patrick's Day experiences? Would you consider an Irish road trip?

If you have more time to spend in Dingle and County Kerry, why not consider a trip to iconic Skellig Michael? It takes about 2 hours to get from Dingle Town to Valentia Island and Portmagee (jumping off point for tours to Skellig Michael).

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