Lispole to Dingle Town
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Dingle Town MarinaPhoto: Heleen Bosch, Macs Adventure
From Lispole walk west, along meandering country roads with views to the Iveragh Peninsula as you get closer to the heart of the Dingle Peninsula.
Start your Dingle Way hike with an included transfer (duration: 45 min) to the southern coast of the Dingle Peninsula and the starting point of today’s walk in quaint Lispole. Head north and west along meandering country roads with views to the Iveragh Peninsula and then walk along the Connor Pass road and enjoy superb wide vistas as you walk down into Dingle itself.
The town is renowned for its music, seafood and culture. And with some 53 licensed premises you wont be stuck for somewhere to have a relaxing drink!
On arrival in Dingle town you can shake your weary legs away with a drink and a dance in one of the many pubs offering live music each night. Just don't try and keep up with David Geaney, who holds the world record for 'fastest feet' and often performs in The Dingle Pub.
Rest stopsMurphy's Hand Made Ice Cream from Dingle
The Weaver's Shop by Lisbeth Mulcahy
The Chart House Restaurant
A large portion of the Dingle Way is on minor, low-traffic roads. Where there is no pavement, you should walk on the right side facing the oncoming traffic, except where the road bends right when you should cross over to the other side. Stay alert to vehicles around you and be prepared to step into the verge if necessary.
The trail is often rocky and uneven and can be slippery when wet. Wear appropriate footwear and take care with your foot placements, particularly at the end of the day when you may be tired. Walking poles can be useful on some of the steep ascents and descents.
The weather can change quickly. Be sure to pack appropriate clothing in your day bag.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
The Tralee & Dingle Railway opened in 1891 and connected the 32 miles between the two towns until its closure in 1953. The seven-span Lispole viaduct, half-stone, half-iron is one of its most impressive engineering legacies. To see it, glance right as you’re nearing the N86 T-junction.
Food and Drink
There are limited food options along today’s walk so be sure to leave with enough food and drink (at least two litres) for the day. Your accommodation may organise a packed lunch but otherwise, enquire at one of the cafes or pubs.
Dingle, where you finish, is a delightful town to arrive in, and promises great food, drink and of course, live music! There’s a wide range of restaurants, cafes, takeaways, and supposedly one pub for every 40 residents!
Navigation is straightforward as you can use the Macs Adventure Smartphone App which has maps, GPS tracks, and daily route information. Simply download the GPS tracks for offline use and follow the route on your phone with the assurance that navigation will be simple, and you can’t get lost.
Bring appropriate footwear, preferably walking boots with good grip and ankle support.
Bring a waterproof jacket and trousers, even where the weather forecast makes this appear unnecessary.
Walking poles may be useful on some of the steep ascents and descents.
Food for the duration of the hike two litres of water is recommended.
A power bank and phone cable may be useful if you are navigating using your phone. Phone batteries are less effective in cold weather.
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