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Kilmalkedar Church, Dingle

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A simple beauty surrounds Kilmalkedar Church, a Romanesque church founded in the 7th century by St. Maolcethair. Look for an alphabet stone with both 6th-century Latin writing and an inscribed cross inside, plus a sundial stone and holed ogham stones outside. This site is associated strongly with St. Brendan, who, according to legend, lived here. Keep in mind this destination can be a little difficult to find, so take a map on your journey. Make Kilmalkedar Church a part of your Dingle vacation plans using our Dingle trip itinerary builder.
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  • This is an undeveloped & unattended site, but my wife and I found it interesting. We parked off the road in a farm lane beside the site. To appreciate what is there, be sure to do a little advance rea...  more »
  • We'd read about it but almost missed it since it isn't well marked. Fortunately, there was a tour bus parked on the street that we had to drive around and had slowed enough to see the Church! You walk...  more »
  • The ruins of the church with Romanesque doorway with very interesting crosses in on the graveyard. Do not miss the ogham stone and the sundial. There was nobody in the evening when we visited it.  more »
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  • This is one of the places you can find an old stone with ancient writing.
  • Off the beaten path, make sure to squeeze through the keyhole window on the back wall
  • Awesome history here, the church is well kept and there is a Ogham Stone to renew your vows. Plenty to see and there is a hiking trail behind to climb to the top of the hill
  • Nice views from this church and cemetery
  • They say that only people who can get through the window at the end can enter heaven.

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Where to stay in Dingle

Dingle Town represents a relaxed, artistic destination known for having plenty of affordable bed and breakfasts and other specialty accommodations. Many of these cluster right in the town's center, although the town also has a number of hotels, hostels, and other lodging for tourists. Here it's even normal to stumble upon a pub offering accommodation. A more luxurious (and often costly) option for travelers taking in the beauty of this peninsula is to stay in a scenic guesthouse overlooking Dingle Bay, which you can find in or right outside of town.
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