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Dingle in early December - is anything open?

I am wondering about visiting Dingle in early December, I am reading some reviews that the town will be closing up, but I can't imagine that to be the fact. I am understanding Dingle to be a working town with residents that would frequent the establishments. Perhaps the tourists would be limited, but that sounds even more lovely.

Thoughts/Insights? Thank you in advance!

Stephanie

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Was there late November last year. In fact I was the last guest at the Cill Bhreac House for the season. However, other B and B's, restaurants and shops including my favorite, Commodum, were open for business. Will Dingle be crowded? No. Will it be quiet? Yes. Will the children be still taking dance lessons? Yes? Will markets be open? Yes. Will pubs be open? Yes. walk along the port at sunset is lovely. Personally I was so busy enjoying the beauty of the peninsula, hiking and wandering, the reality that the town was subdued suited me. Will take some research to find a place to stay and you could always stay in Killarney which is only an hour from Dingle. If you do stay in Dingle please, for the sheer enjoyment of it, have a pint at Foxy John's, the hardware store/pub combo. Pleasant regulars and you'll smile when you walk through it's doors. If weather is good and you are in the mood the Gap of Dunloe is a gorgeous drive. Make certain your rental car is small and you take your time to enjoy the sheep and the splendor. Lastly, if you stay in Killarney, visit Killarney National Park and take any of the walking trails as well as visit the Muckross house. Check online if the Muckross is open during your time frame.

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Thank you so much for your thoughtful response. Working to locate a B and B at this very moment - thank you for the ideas on where to explore!

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Trust you succeeded in locating lodging and ALL your plans for Galway and the Dingle Peninsula work out. Relax and enjoy your visit.