For whale and dolphin lovers, the Wild Atlantic Way has much to offer, and the Dingle Peninsula should be top of your list. Jutting into the wild Atlantic Ocean on Ireland’s southwest coast, the peninsula’s waters are characterized by steep drop-offs, underwater canyons, and rugged seafloors. These features create ideal conditions for upwelling, which brings nutrient-rich waters from the depths to the surface, supporting a diverse and abundant marine ecosystem.
Situated along the migration routes of several whale species, including humpback whales, fin whales, minke whales, and dolphins, the area also has a strong tradition of conservation and responsible wildlife tourism. The best time for dolphin and whale watching along the Wild Atlantic Way is during the summer months, from May to September. This period corresponds with the migration of various species, increasing your chances of sightings. However, sightings are possible year-round, depending on the species and location.
The charming town of Dingle is the gateway to this region, offering colorful streets, traditional pubs, and ancient archaeological sites. When here, make time to visit the Dingle Distillery and get a taste of Ireland’s finest whiskey, gin and vodka. Founded in 2012 with a desire to contribute to the revival of Irish whiskey production, they use traditional pot stills and follow traditional whiskey-making techniques, for a taste of Ireland’s past.
Explore the Dingle Peninsula on: Country Roads of Ireland.
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