Dingle is the fourth largest fishing port in Ireland. Dating back to the Middle Ages, it sent pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain, which carried wool, hides, and fish, and returned with wine, salt, and clothing. Today Dingle is a thriving community of 1,200 residents, but it serves the larger countryside, and in the summer months it caters to thousands of visitors, where Fungi the dolphin has entertained tourists since 1983.
Dingle is located in a Gaeltacht region, about 50 kms southwest of Tralee, 57 km west of Kerry Airport, and 71 kms northwest of Killarney. Dingle is well-known for its numerous pubs, many of which host traditional Irish music many nights. In 2014 Dingle was named the top ‘foodie town’ in all of Ireland! There are also a significant number of craft, art, and woolen shops.
In addition, Dingle Distillery—one of only five in Ireland—was launched in 2012, and the Dingle Brewing Company, which makes Creans beer, opened in 2014.
One of only three aquariums in Ireland is located in Dingle, the Oceanworld Aquarium/Mara Beo Teo.
Travel & Accommodations
Participants must make their own reservations at the hotels below.
Dingle Skellig Hotel
The four-star Dingle Skellig Hotel, with an easy walk (10 mins) to the centre of town, is located on the Dingle Bay, and has great views. It has a restaurant and complimentary wireless Internet access; satellite programming is available. Bathrooms with shower/tub combinations are provided. It also has an indoor pool, steam room, and fitness center. Double-occupancy rooms are €70 per person sharing per night; €35 per night Single Room Supplement – Maximum of 15 Single Rooms; Maximum of 50 rooms at the above rate. Please consider sharing a room.
Please let the hotel know you are with the conference in order to receive the conference rate.
Benners Hotel, located on Main Street in the centre of Dingle, is owned and operated by Skellig Hotel. It captures old world charm, and has 52 beds available, a large breakfast room, and ‘Mrs. Benner’s Bar’.
Bed & Breakfasts and Guesthouses in Dingle
There are many B&Bs in Dingle with a range of prices depending on the rating and distance from town.
There is good taxi service in Dingle.