Towns and Villages on the Dingle Peninsula

Bailte agus Sráidbhailte í gCorca Dhuibhne

The Dingle Peninsula has a number of different towns and villages, each with their own personality and ambience. From fishing villages to market towns to seaside resorts, there is so much to explore!


Please click on the map or on the links for further information.
Annascaul

ANNASCAUL
ABHAINN AN SCÁIL
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A classic roadside village 12 miles/19 kilometres east of Dingle, in an area noted for its hillwalking and lake, and mountains.
The birth place of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean.


The Three Sisters from Feohanagh
BALLYDAVID & FEOHANAGH
BAILE NA NGALL & AN FHEOTHANACH
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Part of the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht, an area of cliff top walks and mountains including a picturesque fishing village on the western end of the peninsula.
Ballyferriter
BALLYFERRITER
BAILE AN FHEIRTÉARAIGH
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A large village at the centre of the Gaeltacht or Irish-speaking district.
Situated between a ridge of jagged peaks to the north, Smerwick Harbour to the east and the Atlantic to the west.
Brandon Bay

BRANDON & CLOGHANE
CÉ BHREANAINN & AN CLACHÁN
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A quiet, beautifully located area between Mount Brandon and the sea.
The two villages are set in a semicircle of mountain peaks and overlook Brandon Bay.
Upper Camp

CAMP
AN CAM
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This village, next to sandy beaches and mountains, is convenient for all parts of the peninsula and the county town of Tralee.
Tailor's Row, Castlegregory
CASTLEGREGORY
CAISLEÁN GHRIAIRE
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A large village located on the north side of the peninsula. The Maharees Peninsula, to the north of the village, is famous for it sandy beaches and clean water.
Castlemaine Village
CASTLEMAINE
CAISLEÁIN NA MAINGE
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This village, situated on the River Maine, forms the "gateway" to the peninsula and is also close to Killarney and the Ring of Kerry.
Dingle from the harbour DINGLE
AN DAINGEAN / DAINGEAN UÍ CHÚISE
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The only town in the peninsula. A fishing port, with its streets leading down to the sea, it is famous for its pubs, restaurants and entertainment.
View of the Blasket Islands
DUNQUIN
DÚN CHAOIN
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The most westerly point in Ireland, overlooking the Blasket Islands. Often referred to as "the next parish to America" it is renowned for its scenery and its surviving Gaelic culture.
Minard Castle
LISPOLE / LIOS PÓIL
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A quiet area of sandy bays and hills.
Inch Strand
INCH / AN INSE
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A seaside village with a long sandy beach.
Ventry Strand
VENTRY / CEANN TRÁ
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A large seaside village with safe bathing beaches.
Dingle Town Lispole Annascaul Inch Castlegregory Camp Village Brandon Village Cloghane Feohanagh Ballydavid Ballyferriter Dunquin Ventry Castlemaine

Irish Placenames
Logainmneacha

Placenames can be confusing, especially for the visitor. In almost all cases the original name is in Irish and has a relatively clear meaning which often conveys something of the history of the place. However, English rule meant that placenames were anglicised to suit the English tongue; often the result is that the name on the map is a mangled version of the real name and hides its meaning.

It can also make things difficult for the visitor, like this:

Dingle's proper name is Daingean Uí Chúis which, to fit on signposts, is generally abbreviated to An Daingean, but any foreigner can be forgiven for finding it difficult to match the two forms of the name in Irish with the anglicised version, Dingle!