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Things to Do in Dingle – Doonshean

Today was quite warm and it’s getting time to think about the beach again.

Doonshean Beach

Of course, Summer is at happy time in the world of ice cream, but it’s also a great time to be in Dingle.

For some reason, visitors to the peninsula usually keep heading West. Ventry, Dunquin, Ballyferriter and Ballydavid have a great pull. However, there are some lovely spots just East of Dingle town that are just as beautiful and far less crowded.

Doonshean is my favourite beach on the whole peninsula, and even the path leading to it is magically scented with woodbine and blackberry blossoms. The water is clean and the waves hits the beach straight on, making it ideal for bodysurfing or swimming. And the sand is white and perfect.

Mussels at DoonsheanThere is, however, a catch. It’s only at it’s best at low tide, when the water pulls back to reveal a whole series of sandy coves that let in the sun and keep out the wind. At any other time, there are better beaches, and at high tide, there is very little beach at all. So check out your tide tables first!

One small word of warning – on the left of the beach there is a strong and dangerous riptide. Stay to the right, and it’s perfectly safe.

To find it, head out the Tralee road from Dingle, and turn right at the first real road (it’s marked “Dun Seanna”). Take the next left, and follow it for a couple of miles until the road forks. Take right fork and follow it to the beach.

If you see anyone (and it’s unlikely except high season), don’t tell them it was me who passed on the (loosely guarded) secret of this lovely spot!

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5 Responses to “Things to Do in Dingle – Doonshean”

  1. May 10th, 2006 at 6:34 pm

    Olga says:

    Harsh. Another thing to do on May 4th: wish Olga a happy 39th birthday!

  2. September 8th, 2006 at 10:59 am

    Rebecca says:

    This sounds like a magical spot. My family and I are hoping to make it down to Dingle in October so we will do our best to visit this beach. Dingle – October? ‘Theres no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing’!

  3. February 28th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    John says:

    Love things to do in Dingle-I have things to do in Cavan but I think I will come down for a visit. Please come see for hovercraft, off road buggy rally and lots more!

  4. January 24th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    dun sion says:

    seamus quinn rules dun sion.dun sion is the best place in the world

  5. January 3rd, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Claire says:

    The beach in the summer is outstanding i go to Doonshean beach almost everyday during the summer!!the people are extremely friendly,even the children of doonshean put a smile on my face watching them playing on long summer evenings!!it is well worth a visit :) it really is the best place in the world!!

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