Dingle, County Kerry

We leave Castlegregory late morning and head into Dingle making sure we don’t take the route over the Conor Pass, its shorter but we won’t fit!

We make a quick stop along the way for a good view.

I’ve recently joined a Facebook group called TMI, Total Motorhome Ireland. It’s been really useful with great maps of places to stop and fab free advice to any question. Tonight we are planning on staying at a free spot just next to the Marina as suggested by the TMI group, assuming we can find it. We park temporarily in the Marina carpark but quickly suss out where it is by spotting other vans. It’s a squeeze to get in and requires some manouvering but eventually we are set. There’s another two vans already there. What a view too,straight out over the water.

After a cuppa and a quick lunch we wander along the harbour into the town. There’s a fishing boat being loaded with ice for the hake they are planning to catch.

Getting ready to catch Hake

Dingle is bustling and full of restaurants, bars and gift shops. Must get rammed in the summer. We wander around and buy our first souvenirs, a tea towel, Christmas decoration and of course a fridge magnet!

Up the hill, the Sacred heart church is open and we are surprised to read that’s it’s part of a university in Massachusetts and that there’s a campus here in Dingle!

Passing a pub called The Dingle that promises music and entertainment this evening, we promise ourselves a visit after dinner.

Out first stop for a cold one is in a pub called Paddy Bawn Brosnan, a famous local who played Gaelic football. We have another half along the front but this pub is not nearly as interesting. Back to the van for a while until dinner time.

We change into our posh stuff ie. jeans and a nice top/shirt and then out we go. Have a drink first and then a meal in a rather posh fish restaurant called Lord Baker where we enjoy fresh caught Hake and Brill. Too busy eating to take photos.

Next stop The Dingle pub where I manage to bag us seats at the bar. We are entertained by traditional music and then the six times world Irish dancing champion, who happens to be the landlords son! Very lively atmosphere that gets very busy full of young un’s so we move on after a couple of drinks. Manage to visit a couple more pubs and meet and chat to various friendly patrons and bar staff. Top night out in Dingle.

The barman and world champion Irish dancer!

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