Considering we currently live on the other side of the country in Donegal I get myself down to Kerry whenever I get the chance. Previously visiting Kenmare (click here for that post) and Killarney (did a post on that too) but the one place on my radar I knew I was yet to visit was Dingle. To celebrate my Mam's retirement and to have a mini family get together we made the trek from one coastal town to another.
Our visit was in September so I has assumed it would have been a quiet town but I was very mistaken. Even in September Dingle was still filled with tourists taking in the cute little streets and sights. We even still had summer sun in the sky between a few small rain showers.
On the top of my Dingle tourist wish list was of course to visit the infamous Fungie the dolphin. As I have been hearing about this dolphin since I was a small child I can't be sure it's same dolphin but to get out on a boat out to see was an experience to say the least. It felt a bit like we were trying to harpoon the poor fella the amount of chasing we were doing but Fungie eventually made an appearance.
You would think after this we would have had our fill of wildlife but my dad being the child that he is brought us then to the aquarium. I was more that delighted though as I got up close with a family of otters and got a show from a waddle of adorable penguins.
For food there was actually so much more choice than I expected. And some beautiful coffee shops. For dinner we ventured to Fenton's of Dingle for the early bird and it was gorgeous. Of course with lots of seafood on offer but I couldn't help go for the beetroot and goats cheese option, goats cheese will always have my heart. And no trip to Dingle is complete without stopping in to Murphy's ice-cream.
As well as great food there is such a great selection of little shops to venture into. I'm such a sucker for candles so when I saw the Dingle candle shop. They had a great selection of scents all hand poured in Dingle, it was hard to make a decision on which one to bring home. I eventually settled for a wintry weather whiskey scent. Another favourite I popped into was Crinkle stores, a beautiful little food and craft store. I picked myself up some of my favourite Irish chocolate, Bean and Goose and an organic seaweed face mask to try out.
Our nights ended in probably the most famous pub in Dingle, Dick Macks. I don't think Dick Macks has had an update since Ireland became a republic but it's a fun and cozy space to grab a pint or a fancy whiskey.
As always another fun trip to Kerry and can't wait to get back again soon.