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.
Overnight for 3 nights in Dingle Town
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
Walk through the history of Dingle town, equipped with the insider knowledge of your localhost.
Gentle hike 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.
We’ll kick things off today with a complimentary transfer from Killarney Train Station – or you can simply meet us at our Dingle Base, 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 14.00 pm, 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 (optional) in Dingle Harbour to 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 whiskey 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 whiskey & 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 through 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 an exciting gentle hike in store. Pull-on your walking boots and head to the start of a trail that offers stunning 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. 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 gourmet dinner tonight.
Your Irish Mini Adventure 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 your Irish Escape, before your complimentary transfer back to Killarney Bus/Train station.
Want to make this a 6 Day Tour?
As this Irish adventure starts at around noon at each destination and finishes at each destination in the early afternoon of the last day, we recommend spending an extra night or two at each end to ensure there are no issues with onward travel connections. If you wish, we’ll be happy to organise pre-and post-trip accommodation (subject to availability).