Like I mentioned in my last post, Dingle has my heart. If you’re visiting Ireland, you have to make a stop in Dingle and drive the peninsula along the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the tiniest postcard town located on the very tip of Ireland, and we both agreed it was our favorite.
We went with no expectations and were blown away. We booked a two-night stay at the Pax House bed & breakfast, which was the best decision ever. The Pax House is rated the number 1 B&B in Dingle, mainly because the host is wonderful and the property is GORGEOUS. The view from the back patio was nothing like we’ve ever experienced—vividly green and oh so still. Compared to our city apartment near a busy expressway, this was another world.
When we got to our room we were surprised with sweets and a card congratulating us on our anniversary. Before I go anywhere for these trips, I email every place I’m staying at to let them know we’re celebrating our anniversary. Why? Because of hosts like this who go above and beyond to make our stay a little extra special. If you’re staying in hotels they might even upgrade your room for free, and sometimes throw in champagne and other delicious snacks to celebrate!
this was practically in the backyard of the Pax House
The city center in Dingle is TINY. Our immediate neighbors were cows and sheep, and like most small towns everything closed by 9 p.m. Seriously, this place is as quaint as quaint can be, which I loved.
Though small, Dingle is so picturesque and colorful. I can kick myself because I wasn’t as big on taking pictures back then as I am now, so I don’t have any good shots of the city center. Just another reason to go back, right?!
city center, photo by theoverseasescape.com
The harbor is another charming little area to wander around, it’s filled with shops, pubs, and some of the best “Dingle” hot dogs you’ll ever have!
harbor photo by markcallananphotography.com
On our last morning in Dingle, we decided to drive around the peninsula. According to our host, it’s everyone’s favorite attraction. He was right, it was the most incredible drive we’ve ever done.
The peninsula truly seems untouched, lush greens everywhere you turn, pristine beaches, and many archaeological monuments that have been preserved for thousands of years. Like these ancient “beehive huts” that were believed to be single family homes way back when.
Now, remember, we were driving in Ireland where you have to drive on the left side of the tiny two-way roads. But of course, that didn’t stop us from further exploring.
The drive around the peninsula only takes about an hour, but with our constant stopping, we took about 4 hours. I mean, my goodness how can places like this exist?? I can’t wait to return to this magical little town, who’s with me?
The shadow on the bottom right is Jorge lol. He wanted to get closer to the ocean, while I stood there in a panic.