Dingle Slea Head
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 47km Slea Head Scenic Drive on the Dingle Peninsula is one of the best and most spectacular driving routes in Ireland if not the world with breath-taking views of the coastline, offshore islands, cliff top roads and awe-inspiring things to see and do along the way. Drive or hire a bike from Dingle and take your time exploring and soaking in the stunning views along Irelands most westerly point on Wild Atlantic Way. Of mainland Ireland, the most westerly point is Garraun Point, Dingle Peninsula, county Kerry which is 2.5 km northwest of Slea Head.
Real ‘edge of the world’ stunning views surround you.
The Slea Head road trip is a must for any visitor to Kerry, but please remember travelling clockwise is best to avoid oncoming buses. The Slea Head Drive (Slí Cheann Sléibhe) is not only one of the best drives in the world, the area itself is one of Irelands biggest concentrations of heritage including ancient monuments and forts, standing stones, megalithic tombs, early Christian sites, ancient neolithic paths, ancient pilgrim paths and the famous Gallarus Oratory built between the 6th and 9th century.
Take your time and stop to enjoy the magical Coumeenole Beach where they filmed the famous movie Ryan's Daughter. Take a ferry from Dún Chaoin to visit the Great Blasket Island by Ferry.
Towards the end of the loop where it turns south to Dingle is Cuas an Bhodaigh or Brandon Creek, overlooked by the Brandon Mountain range, the second highest in Ireland, where it is said that the voyage of St Brendan 'The Navigator' to America started around 520 AD nearly 1,000 years before Columbus.
This quintessential Irish circular driving route starts and ends in the town of Dingle, where pubs, music, shopping, and a dolphin named Fungie have charmed generations of visitors.
A little piece of Heaven on Earth, enjoy the drive.