The Dingle Peninsula, in the southwest of Ireland, is well known as one of the country’s most scenic locations. It is also a region with a fascinating history and the origin of its villages and farms date back to Early Christian and even prehistoric times.
The 1,500 inhabitants of tiny Dingle Town have for generations been closely associated with the sea. Although today’s fishing industry is not what it once was, the fishing harbor still plays a vital role in the lives of the local people. Due to tourism, the pubs of Dingle Town are kept well busy, however, compared with other parts of Ireland, tourism here is a far more subdued affair.
In Dingle Town in 1984, a dolphin appeared just off the coast. It accompanied the fishing boats into the harbor and it still does. The Dingle Dolphin is now a well known attraction on this part of the coast.
The Dunbeg Fort originated in the Bronze Age. Archaeology has shown that it dates back to the 8th century B.C. The magnificent location of the fortress, hundreds of metres above the thundering sea and mighty cliffs, make the visit to Dunbeg Fort a dramatic adventure.
Close to Fahan is a large group of Beehive Huts, ancient circular buildings that date back to the Last Ice Age. According to archaeologists, further buildings were erected in early Christian times.
Its mysterious prehistoric and early Christian monuments, as well as the beauty of its landscape, have given the Dingle Peninsula the magic that has rightly made The Emerald Isle famous throughout the world!