Choosing a Dingle hen party places your group smack bang in one of Ireland’s most famously stunning coastal stretches. AND you can’t beat this lively, friendly town for a wild hen night out, surrounded by all that beauty. Located on the Dingle Peninsula on the west coast of Ireland in County Kerry, Dingle is about 50km from Tralee and 80km from Killarney town. Dingle is a very charming town and also on one of Ireland’s and the world’s most scenic tourism routes, the Wild Atlantic Way.
Dingle is one of the most sought after sites on the Wild Atlantic Way and is also well known for the colourfully painted houses and fantastic beaches nearby. The town itself is known as a hen friendly location with many great bars and pubs (over 65 pubs!) where you can listen to live music almost all year round.
Dingle is home to one of the world’s most famous dolphins – Fungi. This friendly dolphin settled in the waters of Dingle Bay over 25 years ago and became an unofficial mascot for the town and even has its own monument in the town centre.
In 2020, unfortunately, locals reported the disappearance of Fungi and concern for his welfare has remained since with marine experts predicting he may have moved on to new waters. While Fungi is currently missing, his legend will live on in Dingle forever.
Murphy’s Ice Cream is a natural, locally produced ice-cream in Dingle and no Hen visit to Dingle is complete without a taste of this mouth watering creamy deliciousness. With flavours like Irish Brown Bread, Dingle Gin, Dingle Sea Salt and Avocado, the Murphys Brothers are known as the Emperors of Ice Cream. It’s a must go place on your hen weekend in Dingle!
Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium is one of the most visited attractions in Dingle town. It’s the largest aquarium in Ireland and they have really impressive residents there. The aquarium hosts a collection of magnificent Sand Tiger Sharks, Gentoo Penguins, Asian Short-Clawed Otters and includes an abundance of different fish species.
How to get to Dingle
Dingle’s location on a peninsula in the remote South-West corner of Ireland makes getting to Dingle an adventure for your Hen Party! The nearest train station to Dingle is in the town of Tralee, which is about an hours drive away or for the more fancier Hen Do’s, Kerry Airport in nearby Farranfore is also only about an hours drive away.
From Dublin – 345km
By car: Take the M7 Motorway to Limerick and from Limerick take the N21 to Tralee. From Tralee, follow the N86 through the village of Camp and the Connor Pass into Dingle. Alternatively, you can also follow the N70 from Tralee into Castlemaine and then the R561 into Dingle. A journey time of approximately 4 hours.
By train: The nearest train station to Dingle is in Tralee, approximately an hours drive away. There are regular trains operating from Heuston Station, Dublin to Tralee. Check out www.irishrail.ie for more information.
By bus: Dublin Coach operates an express route 300 between Dublin and Tralee. From Tralee Bus Eireann route 275 has daily departures to Dingle. Check out Dublin Coach and Bus Eireann for more information.
From Cork – 150km
By car: Take the N22 from Cork City to Killarney. From Killarney follow the L2019, turning left on to the R561 into Castlemaine and then on to Dingle. A journey time of approximately 2 hours 20 minutes
By train: Regular trains operate between Cork Kent station and Tralee. Check out Irish Rail for more information.
By bus: A regular bus service operates between Cork and Tralee. Check out Bus Eireann for more information.
Galway – 245km
By car: Take the M18 motorway from Galway to Limerick. From Limerick take the N21 to Tralee. From Tralee, follow the N86 through the village of Camp and the Connor Pass into Dingle. Alternatively, you can also follow the N70 from Tralee into Castlemaine and then the R561 into Dingle. A journey time of approximately 3 hours 15 minutes.
By train: Take the Galway to Dublin train service as far as Portarlington, changing on to the Dublin to Tralee service. Check out Irish Rail for more information.
By bus: There is no direct bus service from Galway to Tralee / Dingle.
Belfast – 510km
By car: Take the A1 motorway south from Belfast, towards Dublin. At Dublin, merge on to the M50 exiting at the M7 junction for Limerick. Take the M7 Motorway to Limerick and from Limerick take the N21 to Tralee. From Tralee, follow the N86 through the village of Camp and the Connor Pass into Dingle. Alternatively, you can also follow the N70 from Tralee into Castlemaine and then the R561 into Dingle. A journey time of approximately 5 hours 45 minutes.
By train: Take the train from Belfast Central Station to Dublin Connolly Station. Change at Connolly Station and take the Luas to Heuston Station. From Heuston, take the Dublin to Tralee train service. Check out Irish Rail for more information.
By bus: There is no direct bus service from Belfast to Dingle
For hen groups that are planning to go to Dingle for two nights and looking for comfort with a good full Irish breakfast in the morning, Central Bed and Breakfast is a perfect choice. This property has been recently renovated and receives great reviews from guests that stayed there for a weekend. There are 26 ensuite bedrooms, with free WI-Fi and rooms consisting of double, twin, triple and quad rooms.
This B&B accommodation is located very centrally and they also have private free off-street parking for their guests. It also has a bar on site where the hen do can gather over a drink or two after their day’s adventures.
Another hen friendly accommodation and a great place to stay in is the Grove Hotel, which is located only 3 minutes walk to Dingle town centre. This 3 star hotel has its own bar and nightclub on-site, so you ladies, don’t have to walk too far to have the real fun in Dingle! Rooms consisting of triple and quad rooms and there is a free WI-Fi and free car park for all hotel guests.
If you don’t want to spend too much money on hotel rooms, you could also book Grove Hotel dorm rooms, they cost almost half less than hotel rooms and all dorms rooms are private, so you only share a room with your hen group.
Your hen group could also book The Pub Style accommodation in Dingle, which is an affordable, comfortable hen friendly accommodation attached to one of Dingle’s most popular pubs. There is a minimum 2 night stay requirement for Hen Parties with a minimum of 20 people.
The Bus Booze Cruise activity is the perfect way for Hen groups to explore the Dingle Peninsula while at the same time enjoying a tipple or two along the way! This very popular item is a 6 hour round trip by bus to and from the centre of Dingle and includes visits to 6 pubs in the villages of Ventry, Ballyferriter and Ballydavid.
For active hen groups, we would recommend Dodgeball! It’s a great way to spend time together and it’s the perfect choice for any level of fitness. This activity takes place in a very central location in Dingle and it’s 60 minutes long.
For those hen groups that are looking for a relaxing activity then we would suggest the Brewery Tour and Pint item. This takes place in the famous Dick Mack’s Pub and Brewhouse, one of Dingle’s top hen friendly venues. Tours are available at 1pm, 3pm or 5pm and your hen party will get to sample some of their delicious craft beers as well as an education on how they’re brewed. There is also a beer garden and artisan food truck on-site.
The Dingle Pub Experience takes place in one of Dingle’s top Hen Friendly Pubs. This item is usually one of the go-to activities for Hen Parties in Dingle. It guarantees a reserved area in the pub, providing you arrive on time, which is very handy as seats in Dingle pubs can be difficult to get during the busy season!
The BBQ is a great way for your Dingle hen do to spend an evening with the ladies in a casual environment at a local hotel. A tasty burger and beer or cider will please every girl in the hen group!
If your hen party prefers something more fancy and with more choice and variety then the Fab 2 Course Meal is a great choice for your group. Some top quality local produce is served up in one of Dingle’s top hotels. This meal includes a starter and the main course and all dishes are freshly made, they also can cater for any special dietary requirements.
We always recommend Food Platters to hen parties in Dingle who are looking for some cheap and cheerful grub. For the price of less than a pint, this is a handy way to get a lining on the hen party stomachs!
Dingle is a great hen party destination. Beautiful views, close to nature but still surrounded by many fantastic pubs and bars. Dingle town is full of colours and is truly one of a kind. Your hen group will just fall in love with the charm of this town and remember this hen weekend away for years to come.