Around the Dingle Peninsula is the Dingle Way, which goes all the way around the peninsula. The trail passes through the villages Dingle and Tralee, the mountainous areas of the peninsula, and a section of coastline you will admire extends to Slea Head from Dingle.
How To Prepare For The Dingle Way
The Dingle Way trail separates into an astonishing eight stages. Each stage represents a stop which is marked by a village or town, and it is where you will discover facilities. There are outdoor supplies in the shops on the outskirts of Dingle and Tralee, as well as facilities where you can eat and sleep. The weather in the area is usually tempestuous and overcast, so make sure to prepare with appropriate gear. Bringing equipment for camping isn’t needed since accommodation isn’t that far at all times when on the trail.
What Are The Stages Of The Dingle Way?
First Stage – Tralee -> Camp
The first stage leads through a path that leads to Blennerville. You will walk through the mountains of Slieve Mish and Killeton Oratory, an archaeological site, on your way to Camp.
Second Stage – Camp -> Annascaul
In the second stage, you’ll go through the most prominent forest that you’ll encounter on the trail. Next, you’ll pass through the valley between the Corrin and Knockbrack mountains, where you will end up at the beach in Inch. Then you will go down small paths, and you’ll end up in Annascaul.
Third Stage – Annascaul -> Dingle
On the third stage, you’ll walk past Minard Castle towards the scenic Ring of Kerry. Then, you will go through Lispole and Conor’s Pass before finally reaching the town of Dingle.
Fourth Stage – Dingle -> Dunquin
The fourth stage is where you’ll see the most gorgeous scenery of all of Ireland’s coasts. You will pass by Ventry Harbor and the cinematic Slea Head. You will experience remarkable views that look towards the western edges of the entirety of Europe, which is the Blasket Islands.
Fifth Stage – Dunquin -> Feohanagh
At the fifth stage, you will be walking along the coastline for the majority of the trail. Then you will pass Murreagh, where you can go down a side path and explore the archaeological site of Gallarus Oratory. Afterward, you will go to Feohanagh from Ballydavid.
Sixth Stage – Feohanagh -> Cloghane
The sixth stage will be the most challenging stage on the trail. You will be climbing up Brandon Mountain by going through Masatiompan. The path will loop around the Brandon village, and then it descends the mountain to Cloghane.
Seventh Stage – Cloghane -> Castlegregory
Even if the seventh stage is the most time-consuming stage, it isn’t hard since most of it is flat. You’ll go down Ireland’s most extensive beach, Fermoyle Strand, and then you’ll head to the top of the peninsula where you can see the Magharee Islands. Next, you will head to the south-east to Castlegregory.
Final Stage – Castlegregory -> Tralee
When you’re in the concluding stage, you’ll head to Camp then back to Tralee, where you can celebrate completing the Dingle Way.