Accommodation on the Dingle Peninsula
Loistín í gCorca Dhuibhne

There is a wide range of accommodation available throughout the Dingle Peninsula. These include Town Homes, Country Homes and Farmhouses offering Bed and Breakfast; Guesthouses; Hotels; Hostels; Camping and Caravan Sites; and Self-Catering — all of which are described below.

Accommodation Definitions & Booking Information

Bed & Breakfast

Full Listing of Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

Bed and Breakfast accommodation falls into the below three categories. All have six or fewer bedrooms and are generally family homes, although many of the newest have been purpose-built for bed and breakfast.

Town Homes

The choice of Town Homes runs from detached and semi-detached to larger period houses.

Town Homes on the Dingle Peninsula would be those homes that are indicated as being in Dingle Town in the Dingle section of the Bed & Breakfast listings.

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Country Homes

Country Homes offer a wide selection of premises such as modern bungalows, traditional Irish homes, and Georgian residences, all with modern amenities and facilities. These homes are great for relaxing and ideal for getting to know your hosts and neighbours. Evening meals are provided in some premises if notice is given before 12:00 noon.

Country Homes on the Dingle Peninsula would be all of those homes offering Bed & Breakfast that are located outside of Dingle Town.

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There is a variety of experiences to be enjoyed in farmhouses which can be old-fashioned farms and modern farming units. The type of farming will vary: mixed tillage, diary, cattle, sheep, poultry. Farmhouse holidays are particularly attractive for those who want to get away from the rigours of modern life. Evening meals are provided in some premises if notice is given before 12:00 noon.

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Guesthouses vary from five-bedroomed family homes to larger professionally-serviced modern units. The informal atmosphere and personal attention are features of this category. The availability of meals to non residents is not a requirement; however, some provide this service. Guesthouses operate under a four-star rating system. Some guesthouses may choose to remain unclassified.

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Hotels can include modern premises or intimate old-world inns. They operate under a five-star rating system. Meals and refreshments must be available to non residents. All hotels have bars. Some hotels choose to remain unclassified.

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Self-catering accommodation includes holiday homes and apartments in both urban and rural locations in the peninsula. Guests will be provided with all facilities to enable them to make the accommodation a "home from home".

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Holiday Hostels

Holiday Hostels provide clean, simple accommodation at a budget price. They are ideally suited to the holidaymaker seeking a real alternative to conventional accommodation. The kitchen and common room often provide an international setting for socialising and meeting other hostellers from all over the world. Bedrooms can accommodate up to six people, while multi-bedded rooms can accommodate over six people. Some hostels have private rooms available.

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Budget Accommodation

Budget Accommodation is clean, simple accommodation at a budget price, usually in a central location.

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Camping & Caravan Parks

This is the least expensive way to see Ireland. Many sites are located near the seaside and have facilities for washing and drying clothes, showers and toilets, and TVs.

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If you are using travel agent vouchers, you should note that not all premises accept them. Your travel agent will supply you with a full list of premises accepting your vouchers, together with a copy of the regulations governing their use.

Booking Etiquette

Reservations can be made by contacting the premise directly or through a tourist information office. You should confirm your booking in writing and enclose the required deposit.

It is generally advisable to reserve your first and last night's accommodation in advance (during June, July, and August at least 48 hours in advance is suggested; in Dublin, 2 weeks or more in advance). Rooms may be guaranteed by credit card—check when booking. Also check the rates and cancellation policy when booking.

Check In and Check Out : Rooms are generally available between 2 pm and 6 pm. Check out should be no later than 11 am. Reservations should be taken up by 6 pm. If you will be arriving after 6 pm, you must confirm with your host. You should also advise your host if you will be arriving early.

Other Information

Prices are generally per person sharing based on double occupancy. There is generally an additional supplement for single travellers.

Throughout Ireland, a Double Room means a room with one double bed. A Twin Room means a room with two twin beds.

Most of the Dingle Peninsula accommodation listed here are registered with Fáilte– Ireland and/or Family Homes of Ireland and must meet or exceed their minimum standards.

Where the Fáilte Ireland shamrock symbol is displayed...

Fáilte Ireland Approved

...the accommodation provider has met the standards needed for approval by the state tourism body.

In some cases a system of star ratings is also in use, or is in the process of being being introduced. These are also displayed where appropriate:

1 star    2 star     3 star     4 star
Most of those advertised are in fact Fáilte Ireland approved where you will have recourse to lodge a grievance or complaint should this arise. A very small number listed are not officially approved or are approved by a different marketing body.

Where accommodation is officially approved, we state this in the entry with relevant star rating highlighted as appropriate.

The following links detail their guidelines for various types of accommodation:

Fáilte Ireland: Minimum Requirements and Classification for Bed & Breakfast Accommodation

Fáilte Ireland: Guesthouses: Quality & Standards

Fáilte Ireland: Self Catering Cottages: Quality & Standards

Fáilte Ireland: Self Catering Apartments: Quality & Standards

Fáilte Ireland: Quality & Standards Holiday and Youth Hostel Regulations

Fáilte Ireland: Self Catering Apartments: Caravan and Camping Park Classification

We attempt to ensure that all the products listed abide by the policies that these operators and accommodation owners claim to follow.
If we are alerted to bad practice by any of our members we will immediately investigate the matter and take appropriate action in advising them to correct these or removing them from the site.

Anybody with a grievance should take the matter up initially with the accommodation or service provider and failing satisfaction there to use other available legal avenues. For further information on standards and procedures you may contact Fáilte Ireland, the Irish Tourist Board.

Contact details for other marketing organisations can be found on this page

The Irish Hotels Federation, the Town & Country Homes Association, the Farmhouse Association, Family Homes of Ireland, and a number of other organisations produce their own guides annually with photographs and descriptions of members' premises. These are available from Irish Tourist Information Board offices throughout the world or directly from the oganisation itself. The contact information for these organisations is provided for your convenience.