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10 Best Dingle Tours: From Slea Head and Food to Dingle Boat Tours GILL

If you’re looking for Dingle tours, there’s a fair few to choose from.

A spin around the mighty Dingle Peninsula is arguably one of the best things to do in Kerry, regardless of the time of year.

Below, you’ll find a mix of Dingle tours, from ones that take you around Slea Head to others that loop the entire peninsula.

Our favourite Dingle tours

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The first section of our guide is packed with what we think are the best Dingle Peninsula tours, and there’s a mix of pricey and pocket-friendly options.

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1. Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head Half-Day Small-Group Tour (from €50)

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The best way to appreciate the natural beauty of the Dingle Peninsula is on a small group tour. You can leave the driving and navigating to your guide/chauffeur while you sit back, enjoy the sights and take photos.

These Dingle and Slea Head Drive tours are limited to just 8 travellers making it very personal experience. Your local guide will take you to Gaeltacht villages, the Gallarus Oratory, Dingle Bay and views of Mount Brandon and the Blasket Islands.

Stretch your legs on Coumeenoole Beach, soak up stunning views and, yes, cuddle a baby lamb!

2. The Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Dingle (from €79)

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Next up is one of the more unique Dingle tours. Imagine getting up-close to leaping dolphins or even a mollusc-covered Humpback Whale! That’s what’s in store on these Dolphin and Whalewatching Tours in Dingle.

From April to October, several whales species can be seen migrating to and from the Arctic feeding grounds.

Minke Whales and Humpback Whales (June onwards) may be spotted sending water spouts into the air before diving and showing their iconic tail fluke.

Other sightings may include Basking Sharks, Orcas and Fin Whales along with seals, puffins and sea birds. Every trip is uniquely different but they always deliver unforgettable encounters with marinelife. 

3. The Dingle Sea Safari (from €85)

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The Dingle Sea Safari takes up to 12 passengers on an exhilarating sea safari aboard one of their fleet of RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats).

Tours last up to 3 hours and include a narrative from the experienced local captain. Explore the Dingle coastline with its dramatic rock formations, caves and arches before heading to the Blasket Islands to see possibly the largest seal colony in Ireland.

The trip includes the chance to spot and photograph dolphins, whales, sea birds and puffins on a memorable safari that’s suitable for everyone aged 9 and above.

4. Dingle Peninsula Four Hour Private Tour (from €360)

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Book a half day private tour of Dingle Peninsula that is a fixed price for a group of up to 7 people. Tours includes pick-up and drop-off and are specifically tailored to your groups’ interests.

The driver/guide adds to the trip with commentary and local knowledge. Highlights of this tour may include visiting East Tower for fabulous views of Dingle Bay, Ventry Harbour (one of the deepest in Ireland), Fahan Beehive Huts and views of the remote Blasket Islands.

Enjoy a stroll on iconic Coumeenoole Beach, visit a Star Wars film location and get to hold a baby lamb. 

5. The Dingle Tasting Tour (from €85)

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Dingle Town is known as a haven for foodies with its tasty fresh seafood and locally raised meats, so visitors are in for a treat on this Dingle Tasting Tour.

It’s also a great way to explore Dingle Town on foot with a local guide. You’ll be taken to some of the best places to eat and drink, sample Irish food and freshly caught seafood and taste locally crafted gin and beer.

It’s an education for your tastebuds! Learn more about Irish culture and heritage and get the chance to pop into several pubs and restaurants for samples (and return later for a full meal perhaps?).

More popular Dingle Peninsula tours

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Now that we have our favourite Dingle tours out of the way, it’s time to see what else is on offer.

Below, you’ll find more boat tours and quirky attractions to some exclusive Dingle Peninsula tours.

1. Dingle Bay Speed Boat Tours and Great Blasket Island Experience (from €103)

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Zip across the waters of Dingle Bay in an thrilling high-speed motor boat. This 6-7 hour tour is a great way to enjoy the stunning coastal scenery around Dingle Bay and the remote Great Blasket Islands.

Tours are in private small groups of up to 12 passengers. As well as the adrenaline-packed boat ride you’ll see dolphins and sea birds and go ashore to explore the uninhabited Great Blasket Islands with their seal colony.

Dingle Bay has some amazing rock formations, arches and sea caves. Guided tours include an afternoon tea, hot drinks onboard and binoculars.

2. Private family sea safari (from €600)

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Departing from Dingle Pier, enjoy your own private Sea Safari with up to 6 family and friends. Tours are customised to suit the interest of the group, whether it is history and culture, geology, nature or a mix of everything.

It provides an amazing experience to see the scenic Dingle coastline from the sea with caves, dramatic rock formations and wave-lashed cliffs. The trip includes admission to the remote Great Blasket Islands.

There’s plenty of wildlife to see including dolpins, seal colonies, sea birds, puffins, basking sharks and the occasional sighting of a Humpback or Minke Whale in summer. 

3. Hour Slea Head Drive Tour – Personal Chauffeur (from €250)

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Enjoy all the sights of Slea Head Drive in comfort and luxury in a private Mercedes E-class vehicle. While your chauffeur/guide takes care of the driving and navigating, you can dedicate yourself to admiring the scenery and taking photographs.

The tour starts from the waterfront in Dingle Town or from a pre-arranged point. You’ll learn about the heritage and culture of this Gaeltacht region starting at the Eask Tower and Burnham Headland which offer stunning views.

Visit Ventry Beach and Harbour, Fahan Beehive Huts, panoramic views of the Blasket Islands, Coumeenoole Beach, Clogher Strand, the historic Gallarus Oratory, Riasc monastic settlement and more. 

4. Private Dingle Peninsula Full-Day Tour (from €620)

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How about a private Dingle Peninsula tour that fills a whole day with sights, history, nature and heritage in this beautiful location? This private 7-hour tour is a fixed price for up to 7 guests.

Enjoy exploring this Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) region with its villages, churches and archaeological sites. There’s some mighty pubs in Dingle, too!

Your guide will introduce you to history, culture, local food and all the best hidden gems on this tour which can be tailored to your personal interests.

Dingle tours FAQs

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Is there any point in doing a tour?’ to ‘Which is the best?’.

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

Are tours of Dingle worth it?

If you’re driving, no – you’re better off following a pre-planned route. If you have no mode of transport the yes, the Dingle Peninsula tours are well worth it.

What Dingle tours are good for first timers?

The first tour in our guide is a great option for first time visitors. It’s good value and takes you to the ‘main’ attractions on the peninsula.

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