Rick Steves’ Europe: Dingle, Ireland

On western Ireland’s remote and rugged peninsula, traditional Irish culture thrives

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Dingle Harbor

Fishing boats Dingle Harbor Ireland
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Fishing boats still sail from Dingle Town's harbor, which has been a seaport since the Middle Ages.

The Pub

Dick Macks pub Munster Ireland
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Village life centers around the pub, where everyone gathers for music and craic (animated conversation and atmosphere).

Rocky Cliffs of the Dingle Peninsula

County Kerry Ireland rocky cliffs
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The Dingle Peninsula is green, rugged and untouched.

The Streets of Dingle

Ireland pub
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Dingle's handful of streets are lined with ramshackle but gaily painted shops and pubs leading up from the harbor.

Dingle, Ireland

Dingle Ireland map
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Of the peninsula's 14,000 residents, 1,900 live in Dingle Town. The area has been a tourist draw ever since the release of the film "Ryan’s Daughter" in 1970.