While English is everywhere, the signs, songs, and chitchat are in Gaelic. We ate two nights in a row at a restaurant on the bay called Out of the blue seafood only restaurant, some of the best seafood I have ever had. You are absolutely correct, Ricardo. The crashing surf races in like white stallions. You don’t come to Dingle to see a freak dolphin; you come to experience a Gaeltacht town. Go, you won’t be sorry. Fishing once dominated Dingle, but tourists and moviemakers are well onto the region now. 47.5 km: You’re back in Dingle town. I’ve huddled in farmhouses abandoned in the great famine of 1848, awaiting a chance to step out. A precondition of this financial support is that towns use their Irish (Gaelic) name. As a Gaeltacht, Dingle gets special subsidies from the government. What had been a trickle of visitors has surged into a flood as word of Dingle’s musical, historical, gastronomical, and scenic charms spread. QUOTE ON KRISTI'S TRAVEL JOURNAL Little Dingle, situated in the Irish Gaeltacht, snuggles on the edge of the harbor as summer light fades. Pubs and beer, a pet dolphin, ragamuffin sheep, fun at the movies, laughter. While English is everywhere, the signs, songs, and chitchat are in Gaelic. Dingle is so traditionally Irish because it's a Gaeltacht, a region where the Irish culture survives, subsidized by the government. Sailing to this drizzly fringe of the known world, they lived out their monastic lives in lonely stone igloos or “beehive huts” that I pass on my ride. Made a couple of really relaxing days on our two week vacation. Guidebook Author and Travel TV host, Rick, is America’s most respected authority on Travel to Europe. Rick Steves’ Europe: Dingle, Ireland On western Ireland’s remote and rugged peninsula, traditional Irish culture thrives (Jonathan Andrew / Corbis) smithsonianmag.com April 30, 2010. For that reason, I take my time in a car there, especially when doing a do-si-do up and over scenic mountain roads. There is more to see and do in Dingle than is possible in a week. A Gaeltacht (a place where Gaelic — the traditional Irish language — is spoken) is a kind of national park for the traditional culture. Thanks. It was amazing! This playful dolphin is thoroughly milked to stoke tourism. When I asked if he was born here, he paused, breathed deeply, and said, “No, ’twas about five miles down the road.”. Read reviews in English Go back. The Dingle Peninsula: Pure Ireland By Rick Steves. Rick, those of us who love the work you do and the way you have encouraged travel have purchased the issue of the Smithsonian magazine which features you and your travel experiences. The town was well priced, one of the cheapest areas that we stayed in with superb greetings and service. And we followed your Dingle Penninsula tour and that was a really fun day just to wander. Of the peninsula’s 10,000 residents, 1,500 live in Dingle town. Dingle’s a humble town. I was blitzing the best traditional music pubs in Dingle before heading back to our B&B. (And still do when we recount that story.) The J.A. The tip of the Dingle Peninsula is marked by a chalky statue of a crucifix. Get inspired with Rick Steves’ recommended places to go and things to do, with tips, photos, videos, and travel information on Ireland. We ate at many of the pubs and found that better food is available by getting off Strand St and walking off to Main or John St. Rick Steves. One of those destinations is Dingle, Ireland. We just got back from Dingle a month ago and it was a great part of our adventure to Ireland. As the movie played, each time a bit player from the village appeared on screen, a rowdy uproar erupted. read. Here’s how I wrote this place up for our Rick Steves Ireland guidebook: St. George’s Market was the largest covered Victorian produce market in Ireland. I asked him if he had lived here all his life. Just buy a beer and make yourself at home. Dingle Peninsula gives the traveler Ireland in the extreme. It’s available for pre-order. While English is everywhere, the signs, songs, and chitchat are in Gaelic. We just got back from a week in Dingle and loved every minute. Dara recommended we visit Jam for their takeaway sandwiches. Today, the farmers are gone and everyone else, it seems, has moved in. ... (Dingle town, a traditional Irish-music pub paradise), which serves as a launchpad for the gorgeous Slea Head loop drive (or bike ride), featuring striking scenery and a wealth of Celtic and early Christian sites. And tonight, in Dingle’s homey theater, it seemed the entire town had gathered to watch the premiere of Far and Away — a movie that was partly filmed right here in Dingle. This owner is a true master, and he cuts the lead crystal with seeming ease. And one of my favorite corners of the Emerald Isle is the dreamy Dingle Peninsula. Rick Steves Ireland podcast on demand - Rick Steves Ireland is a collection of "Travel with Rick Steves" radio interviews featuring travel tips and lessons from Rick and the expert teachers who guide Rick Steves' tours around Ireland. I imagine cows here have thicker eyelids, evolved over centuries of sideways rain. In Dingle, there’s live music most nights in half a dozen pubs. Dingle is so traditionally Irish because it's a Gaeltacht, a region where the Irish culture survives, subsidized by the government. Rick: There he is, right there! Posted on March 17, 2020 May 15, 2020 by Rick Steves. When the chemistry is right, live music in a pub is one of the great Irish experiences. So please forgive us as we gush over every aspect of it. We also loved the Giant’s Causeway and the lovely town of Dingle. After breakfast, we visited Dingle Crystal for a crystal cutting demonstration. Circling these roads is like a trip through an open-air museum. That year’s Great Potato Famine eventually, through starvation or emigration, cut Ireland’s population by a quarter. The Irish like to say that in a pub, you’re a guest on your first night; after that, you’re a regular. That’s certainly true in Dingle…the next parish over from Boston. Let’s go. As a compromise, signposts spell it both ways. It faces the sea, but it seems like about half the time, it’s actually facing a cloud with zero visibility being whipped by sheets of rain. This sparse but lush peninsula marks the westernmost point in Ireland. And, back in Dingle, our family’s doing just that. Our "Merry Band of Travelers" (to quote our Rick Steves welcome letter) pose with a glorious Dingle Peninsula backdrop. It feels so traditionally Irish because it’s part of a Gaeltacht, a region where the government subsidizes the survival of the Irish language and culture. Not everyone will purchase ‘the magazine’ – so please post whatever you like on your blog. There’s never a cover charge. In the next edition of our Dingle, a harbor town on southern side of the Dingle Peninsula, was our absolute favorite part of the tour and of Ireland. When I told him where I was from, a faraway smile filled his eyes as he looked out to sea and muttered, “Aye, the shores of Americay.”, Dingle Peninsula gives the traveler Ireland in the extreme. Rounding Slea Head, the point in Europe closest to America, the rugged coastline offers smashing views of deadly black-rock cliffs. Make sure to drive to Brandon Point for high cliff views and Cuas, while a little hard to find is worth the trip. And one of my favorite corners of the Emerald Isle is the dreamy Dingle Peninsula. Rick Steves: Find pure Ireland on the Dingle Peninsula. It is a cozy tourist town of about 1,200 residents the boasts a startling number of bars per capita. The Gallarus Oratory, a 1,300-year-old church made only of stone, is famously watertight — unless the rain is hosing in sideways. By Rick Steves Special to the Star. Rick (and everyone else), please correct me if I’m wrong, but is this the series where the editors significantly edited your writing? I think some readers tend to romanticize this little outpost a bit too much. Only sad thing for Ireland is they are not financially doing well and it was a great deal for us, but you could tell the B&B’s and restaurants were suffering under the economy and volcano, hopefully the dropping Euro will help them out. I’m waiting anxiously for your REAL writing to reappear on your blog. Spending St. Patrick’s Day stuck in my house makes me very nostalgic for many wonderful visits to Ireland. Its shape is reminiscent of an upturned boat. This is obviously being done to promote the magazine. Here’s another one of my very favorite travel dreams-come-true…a reminder of what’s waiting for you in Europe on the other end of this crisis. … ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy, The Edmonds Theater — An Extra-Large Bag of Small-Town Memories, Daily Dose of Europe: Monet’s “Water Lilies”, Daily Dose of Europe: Appreciating Milano. Poverty, alcohol, government subsidized old fading language. The landscape is littered with a half-million sheep and dozens of monuments left behind by Bronze Age settlers, Dark Age monks, English landlords, and even Hollywood directors. The drummer dodges the fiddler’s playful bow. Kathleen was old and frail, but picked up her step as she led me to the small-town cinema. Rick Steves is at is at It feels so traditionally Irish because it’s part of a Gaeltacht, a region where the government subsidizes the survival of the Irish language and culture. (It’s fun to say Dingle, but An Daingean — pronounced “on DANG-un” — is hard to say and to spell.) In Ireland, good and bad weather blow by in a steady meteorological parade. Daily Dose of Europe: Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula — The Next Parish Over Is Boston Spending St. Patrick’s Day stuck in my house makes me very nostalgic for many wonderful visits to Ireland. These days, of course, Dingle is riding high on Ireland’s economic resurgence. The Small Bridge Bar and O’Flaherty’s are the most famous for their atmosphere and devotion to traditional Irish music. While English is always there, the signs, menus, and songs often come in Irish, or "Gaelic," first.