Hideaway on the Dingle Peninsula on an active adventure

Escape to the Dingle on this four-day active Irish Retreats experience and fall in love with the wild, brutal beauty of the Peninsula. Make yourself at home in a rustic, comfortable inn and make the most of the local produce on offer, whether on a special dinner or on a tasting at one of Irelands most popular whisky distilleries. The Peninsula is a haven for hikers, Kayakers and bikers, so cycle meandering roads past the jaw-dropping scenery and kayak the deep blue waters of the Wild Atlantic Way, and climb hulking peaks whose shadows fall over the valley. You’ll soon understand why the Peninsulas beauty has drawn location scouts from throughout Hollywood, eager for a dramatic backdrop for the big screen.


Start: Dingle, Republic of Ireland
Finish: Dingle, Republic of Ireland
Destination: South West of Ireland
Style: Adventure & Comfort
Theme: Irish Retreats
Group size: Min 4, Max 16
How do I get here: Please click here

Why you’ll love this trip

  • Discover the flavours of the Dingle Peninsula with a whisky & Gin tasting at one the smallest but favourite distilleries in Ireland.
  • Explore Slea Head by electric bike and take in striking panoramas of the water and surrounding islands
  • Walkthrough the history of  Dingle town, equipped with the insider knowledge of your localhost.
  • Walk along the ridge of the Connor Pass and be rewarded with some of the best views in the Kingdom of Kerry.
  • Wrap up your retreat with a special included dinner that makes the most of local produce.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.
  • This trip includes an electric bike tour around Slea Head, approximately 30 kilometres long but rather easy. Ability to cycle, however, is essential.
  • This trip includes a walk of approximately 7 kilometres, which includes a steep and sometimes boggy climb on what can be an eroded and rough path to the ridge.

Itinerary:

Welcome to you Irish Retreat in Dingle, your home for the next few days. Formed by volcanoes and carved by glaciers, Dingle town sits on the shores of Dingle harbour, which feeds out into the Atlantic Ocean. Begin with a welcome meeting at 9 am, where you’ll meet your host and get an overview of the upcoming itinerary. Afterwards, head to a nearby bike shop to get fitted up for your first active adventure – cycling around Slea Head (approximately 30 kilometres). Take in striking panoramas of the peninsula and look out at the Blasket Islands and nearby Dunmore Head, where clans gathered to mediate local conflicts. The road is mostly quiet and you won’t find yourself puffing up long steep hills, but there’s a satisfying downhill stretch on one side. For a fresh snack along the way, on the north side, you’ll find wee Pubs stocked with produce straight from the local waters. If there’s time, drop into Dingle Crystal & Workshop a family business specialising in hand-cut Irish crystal and see master craftsman Sean Daly at his workshop in Dingle, Co. Kerry. Sean’s unique Celtic designs are inspired by the rich heritage and breathtaking landscape of Ireland’s west coast. This evening, make the most of the warm atmosphere of a homely place to kick off your boots after an active day.
Enjoy a half-day’s sea kayaking in Dingle Harbour, see Fungi the Dolphin at the mouth of the harbour and explore some of the many sea caves.  Although not physically demanding, it provides a great introduction to sea kayaking, covering basic kayaking skills. From the town, it’s not far to a whisky distillery that’s one of the smallest licensed distilleries in Ireland. Get inside insight into what makes this region the home of some of the best whisky & Gin in the world with a tour and tasting led by a local expert. See if you can taste the from the localised well water to the immensely manual mashing, alongside the wooden fermentation vessels that feed into the three bespoke copper pot stills, the production is purely Dingle. Let the fresh Atlantic sea air revive you as you complete your circular walk back though Dingle harbour town. Enjoy a free evening to enjoy Gaelic hospitality and be sure to try some great local produce for dinner.
Make sure you fill up with breakfast in the morning as today has a heady hike in store. Pull-on your walking boots and head to the start of a trail that might not reach the physical heights of its neighbours, but definitely offers apex views. The Conor Pass – Ireland’s highest mountain road– presides over the town and despite its modest height, there’s still a wild walk and a fair amount of up to traverse. But you’ll be rewarded with some of the best views in the Kingdom of Kerry. This is truly spectacular scenery that demands to be savoured. Light plays across the rippled valley flanks and silvery water as the wild Atlantic Ocean stretches out below, towards the famous Cliffs of Moher on the north and the Iveragh Peninsula and Skellig Islands in the south. Celebrate conquering the Pass today with a special included dinner tonight.
Your Irish Retreats experience of the Dingle Peninsula comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Got a bit more time to spare? Maybe take on some of the other local adventures you didn’t do on Day 2 of the retreat.

 

Inclusions:


Meals

3 breakfasts, 1 dinner


   

Transport

Taxi, Private bus


   

Accommodation

Comfort style accommodation (3 nights)


   

Included activities

We’ve chosen high-quality accommodation in a variety of bed and breakfasts, Guesthouses & wilderness lodges.

Classic – Bed & Breakfast ­& House Hotels

Enjoy a warm Irish welcome in charming and locally owned Bed & Breakfast & Hotel accommodation.

Please note:

B&B Single Supplement – is mandatory for solo travellers – Solo travellers must pay extra to have their private room.

B&B –  Twin/Double Room Share – is automatically included when 2 travellers book together

DATES  2020TWIN/DOUBLE ROOMSINGLE ROOM
AUGUST: 13th & 24th€559€599
SEPTEMBER: 10th & 21st€559€599
OCTOBER: 8th & 19th€559€599

FAQ’s

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Do you provide arrival and departure transfers or do I need my own car?

Yes, we offer optional arrival and departure transfers, please ask your consultant at time of booking.  If you have your own car or are hiring a car for onwards travel you are also welcome to use it to make your way to the trip starting point. Once you’re in your trip location, transport will be provided to and from activities. However, it may be possible to use your own vehicle at certain times if you feel more comfortable. Your own vehicle also offers the chance to explore more of the local area before or after your retreat if you have time.

All trips & retreats begin at the preferred accommodation with a welcome meeting. See itineraries for times and locations.

Once you’ve arrived,  a local private bus/taxi will be on hand for the duration of the retreat. (included in the price)

If you have difficulty getting to the accommodation – Airport transfers are available upon request.  Also, pickups and transfers will be available from the main Train & Bus stations closest to your accommodation.

For example,

  • pick up available at Killarney & Tralee bus and train stations to your accommodations for all trips & retreats in Kerry Region. Subject to certain times
  • pick up available at Galway bus and train station to your accommodation for all trips & retreats in Connemara Region.  Subject to certain times

Please CLICK HERE for further information about getting here by plane, bus and train

 

Will my Irish Retreat have a leader?

Yes! Your Irish Retreat comes with a new, specially named expert local host. They’re here to look after you, take care of all the important bits, and give you their unique insights into the region. Travelling with an experienced host means you can just enjoy the moment, rather than worrying about what happens next.

What is the group size?

Our groups are made up of 12 travellers on average. You get all the benefits of travelling in a group – safety, new friends – but small enough to feel like your exploring a destination independently and not stuck in a big crowd.

Is there freedom & flexibility in these itineraries?

Like all Irish Experience itineraries, we’ve made sure our Irish Retreats provide the right balance between the structured and the spontaneous, giving you the flexibility to digest a destination either with your group or on your own. Want to sleep in instead of getting up for morning hike? No worries! You might spend the morning on a guided walk with your host, then partaking in a cooking a delicious local dish with your group before heading off on your own to explore the town. Needless to say, your host will be there every step of the way with suggestions and recommendations.

What if I have dietary requirements?

Most dietary requirements can be catered for, please advise us at the time of booking.

 

Will my money be going towards the local community?

Our Irish Retreats uses only locally owned accommodation and transport, and local hosts to guide the itinerary. By choosing to visit – and spend – with local and small businesses, we help ensure our money stays in the local economy and benefits the places we visit. Above all, we’re committed to a style of travel that is culturally, environmentally and socially responsible.

What if I don't want to do one of the activities?

Our Irish Retreats offer included and optional activities. If you don’t want to participate in any included activities you are free to do so, however, please note that no refund will be provided for unused services. We will do our best to substitute your unwanted activity for another activity, if available at the time. 

 

 

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The crucifix on the Slea Head drive on the Dingle Peninsula Ireland