Dingle Slea Head
Nestled away in Ireland’s most westerly point lays the Dingle Peninsula. A haven of lush landscape, crystal clear water and an area rich in creative culture of music, art and literary. It’s often said that a visit to the Dingle Peninsula has the feeling of experiencing the edge of the world. No matter the season that you visit the beautiful and captivating colour palette will greet you, from the fuchsia fringed roads of the summer to the seaweed green fields of winter. Dingle is the only town on the Dingle Peninsula, framed by it’s fishing port, this magical Kerry town is a must-visit along the Wild Atlantic Way.
The Dingle Peninsula is a playground for all, from romantic walks across golden beaches, an adventurous climb up Mount Brandon, a white knuckle drive over Conor Pass or the foot tapping of enjoyment of a traditional music session.
There’s something for everyone to enjoy!
To start your Dingle adventure drive over the Conor Pass, one of Irelands highest mountain passes. 12km of white knuckle driving the narrow, winding road that will lead you to Dingle but also forks off to Cloghane/Brandon and Castlegregory. The views as you pass through are breathtaking, capturing mountains, lakes and valley views.
North and South of the Peninsula you’ll find miles of beaches. Some of the highlights are Coumeenole beach with views out to the Blasket Island and a film location of Ryan’s Daughter, with tropical coloured water but with strong currents make it unsafe to swim. Ventry Beach is popular with locals and visitors alike this Blue Flagged beach is ideal for a family day out, carless beach, summer life guard and 3km of beach shore to enjoy! On the Northside of the Peninsula lays Brandon Bay that is often referred to as Ireland’s longest beach that stretches from Brandon Bay, Cloghane to Fahamore. Facing the North Atlantic these beaches often experience rolling waves that are ideal for those that are looking for a surf or windsurfing breaks. There are a number of sandy beaches to explore in the area known as the Maharees, a popular location for watersports and during the summer is lifeguarded.
Slea Head Drive is a scenic driving route along the R559 taking in approximately 47km of Wild Atlantic Way scenery, historic sites, Irish speaking villages, film locations and view of both the Blasket and Skellig Islands. It is recommended that all vehicles, cyclists and walkers travel clockwise on this round route. To complete the route we would recommend taking between a half and full day to complete depending on how many stops and detours you would like to experience. One such detour we would recommend is timing your drive to capture the sunset in Ballydavid, a small village facing the west.
The Dingle Peninsula’s event calendar is full of feasts and festivals, the most popular festivals are the Dingle Food Festival that takes place over two days in early October, where local, regional and national food produces flock on the town to share their produce. Feile na Bealtaine, Arts Festival is a weekend event in May with events such as parades, garden parties, author interviews and more! In December the TV Show Other Voices takes places in Dingle, the town fills of music fans looking to catch a golden ticket to St. James Church for a live recording of the show but you can also watch the live stream in a local venue and there is a music trail across the weekend to experience.
Fungi the Dolphin, Dingles favourite resident! Fungi a male common bottlenose dolphin, has been in Dingle Bay for over the past 30 years. Fungi can be seen from the shoreline jumping and playing in the water but you would like to see him up close you can arrange a kayak, stand up paddle board or a leisurely boat trip out into the bay.
Be prepared for this west Kerry paradise to steal your heart.