The Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head Tour run by Rory & Eibhlís is one not to be missed!
The Dingle Peninsula located in the south west coast of Ireland was once cited by The National Geographic as “the most beautiful place on earth” and Tripadvisor voting Dingle among the top one hundred destinations in the world.
No matter where you travel on the Dingle Peninsula, the views of hills, mountains, cliffs and sandy beaches and not forgetting Dingle Harbour home to Fungie the Dingle dolphin.
Dingle a vibrant fishing port in the heart of the Peninsula is known for its colourful variety of shops and cosy pubs and café’s. Dingle is for the most part a Gaeltacht or Irish-speaking area, one of the few rural places in Ireland where this ancient language has not died out. Alongside the language, Irish traditional music and dance also flourish and play a key feature in the pubs every evening.
The Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head Tour takes approximately two and a half hours and you will be collected from your accommodation.
You will see Burnham House and Ogham stones home to the late Lord Ventry’s estate. Lining the driveway entering the estate are seven ogham stones.
Ventry Harbour opens up as you head along the Slea Head Drive. With its glorious crescent blue shaped beach. Swimming, shore angling and horse riding are popular here.
Dún Beag Fort or Dunbeg Fort a 500 BC Archaeological Site is an impressive and elaborate example of a promontory fort. Its location makes it one of the most dramatic archaeological sites in Ireland.
The Fahan Group Beehive Huts comprises of 19 souterrain and 18 standing clocháns (beehive huts). There are also inscribed stones, sculptured crosses and earthen ring forts.
The Blasket Islands (Na Blascoadaí)in Irish are a group of islands off the Dingle Peninsula. The main island (An t-Oileán Tiar) was inhabited by a completely Irish speaking population until 1953.
The inhabitants were evacuated to the mainland (Dún Chaoin) on the 17th November 1953.
Coumeenole Beach was used as one of the locations for the filming of Ryan’s Daughter. It also has some breath-taking views of the Blasket Islands.
Riasc Monastic Settlement is an early Christian monastic site dating from the 5th century. It is a rectangular oratory, plus some stone slabs engraved with exquisitely carved crosses.
Gallarus Oratory the most perfect example of about twenty such oratories in Ireland. Gallarus Oratory is thought to have been built in the 9th century.
Killmakeadar Church, a fine Romanesque church built on the site of an earlier church of St. Maol Cathair. The church had a corbelled roof. The east window is known as Cró na Snaithide or eye of the needle and pilgrims were supposed to squeeze through it to be saved.
Rory is extremely knowledgeable about every sight you see and you will find the tour to be not only interesting but BEAUTIFUL. It is definitely a must for anyone visiting this area! And Rory is the greatest tour guide of all time (no, but really. He is!). The tour is “Personalized, Interesting, and beautiful”
Rory will take you to places you have never seen, hidden gems that are not in any guide book. If you want to see Dingle and Slea Head like a local, this is the way to do it. The security in not having to drive, especially on the tight small roads is worth it alone. But the insight and knowledge Rory shared is priceless. What an amazing experience.
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