Dingle, Ireland is a most extra-ordinary place for pirate booty, seafood, and music. It’s one of our favorite spots in Ireland, if we had to choose. (But don’t tell anyone!)
The place farthest to the west in Europe, it has a past almost as colorful as the fishing boats that carress the harbor waters with their quiet songs and bright colors.
In medieval times, Dingle made out trading with the Spanish and making off with some of the bounty from their ships. (All’s fair in love and piracy.) After that petered out, Dingle became quite a successful smuggling town. So successful that they coined their own money.
What about today? No more local Dingle money, although you may find some signs of Spanish shipwrecks should you search the coves carefully. What you will find is some of the best traditional music in Ireland, and a lot of it. There are over 70 pubs with live music, and the town is the perfect size to explore on foot.
So, if you love seafood, pubs, myths of bygone days, and terrific music, head to Dingle. And figure you may stay longer than you imagined. It’s a haunt of a place that pulls you in and lulls you with the sea, the food, the music, and the magic of stories heard late at night.