A local's favorites in Dingle Town!
Posted by Niamh Allabyrne on the 20th of March 2014 at 08:50:17
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in County Kerry is known for its vibrant character, lively pubs, great restaurants and craft shops and is situated in one of the most beautiful spots in Ireland. This small town is full of charm and character and all that is quintessentially Irish and traditional. People are warm and friendly and only too willing to help and advise and share a few friendly words.
We chatted to Ann Curran proud Kerry woman and tour-guide extraordinaire on her tips and recommendations on a visit to her home town of Dingle!
What is the first thing you do when you return home?
Go to Foxy John’s Pub on Main Street and have a drink with local and check out what’s going on. After head out to the end of the peninsula and watch the sun set go down over the Blasket Islands.
Where is the best place to stay in Dingle?
- Castlewood House
- Dingle Benner’s Hotel
- Greenmount House
- Dingle Skellig Hotel
- Dingle Harbour Lodge
- Heatons Guest House
Where would you meet friends for a drink?
There are only 52 pub’s in Dingle! But my top 5 are
- Curran’s on Main Street(Great Local connection)
- Dick Mack’s on Green Street (Very artsy)
- Court House on The Mall ( great music)
- O’Flaherty’s on Holy Ground ( very traditional)
- Foxy John’s on Main Street ( Just have to go there to see it)
Where are your favourite places for lunch?
- The Garden Café (Green Street
- Goat Street Café (Upper Main Street
- Reel Dingle Fish & Chips. (Holy Ground)
- Dunquin Café (Slea Head) - hidden gem – Toasted sandwich and BlackBerry crumble!
- TIig Áine’s Café – Cloghar –
- Louis Mulcathy’s Pottery.
- Ashes Bar (Main Street ) - best Oyster’s in Town!
And for dinner?
Dingle is renowned for it’s restaurants. My favourite restaurants and dinner picks would be
- Out of the Blue (Waterside) – fish only restaurant – get the Cursted Cod: )
- Chart House (The Mall) – My personal first choice is ‘Black Pudding wrapped in filo pastry or The House salad.
- Global Village (Upper Main Street) – Lobster Bisk : )
- Doyles (John Street) – Seafood Chowder
Where would you send a first time visitor?
- Wander into a pub and strike up a conversation. Offer to buy your companion a drink, order a Guinness. Ask question about the place it’s history and what is going on in the place. Most people are very interested in talking (our national pass time) and finding out where our visitors are from and what is there business! : )
- A bowl of seafood chowder at Out of the Blue then drive back to the Blasket Islands and have a Blackberry Crumble at the Dunquin Café.
Where would you tell them to avoid?
The Droichead Pub after 11.30pm!
So has Ann inspired you to include a night or two in Dingle? It is a great spot from which to tour the local vicinity and take in the Slea Head Drive
– one of the most scenic driving routes in Ireland and to enjoy boat trips out to the Blasket Islands and the old monastic settlement on the SKellig Islands
. Dingle is situated along the Wild Atlantic Way
– a route just launched this year which takes in the wild and magnificent untamed beauty of the Atlantic Coast from Donegal in the North of Ireland to Cork in the South, so there really is no better time to visit Dingle!
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