Welcome to Slea Head

Dunmore Head is the westernmost point of the Irish mainland; just to its south is the picturesque cove Coumeenoole Beach. There are other good beaches at Ventry, Clogher and Wine Strand near Ballyferriter.

The signposted Slea Head Drive is a 50km loop that passes through the villages of Ventry, Dunquin, Ballyferriter and Ballydavid to the west of Dingle town, and takes in all the main sights. Including time for sightseeing, it's at least a half-days' drive or one or two day's by bike.

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$432.72 Cultural & Theme Tours

4-Day South West Ireland Tour from Dublin

ItineraryDay 1: Day 1: Dublin - Connemara - GalwayStop At: Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, Galway, County Galway, Western IrelandTo begin our amazing experience we depart Dublin and make our way to the West of Ireland and tour beautiful Connemara. On our way across the midlands of Ireland, we take a comfort stop for refreshments before arriving in the enchanting village of Cong. Famed by John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in the film Quiet Man, the village is home to Ashford castle, a regular haunt of the rich and famous and a wedding venue for a host of international stars. We have time to visit Cong Abbey before continuing our journey through the wilderness of Connemara. We enjoy the unique landscape, beautiful lakes, valleys and mountain scenery. Gaelic speaking, this area still maintains many of Ireland's traditional ways, however it was deserted during the dreadful famine times of 1845. to 1851. We arrive in Galway mid afternoon to ensure that we get the most out of this cultural city. We have time to explore the Spanish Arch and ramble around colorful shop street with its many street performers, seafood eateries, and quaint Irish bars with wonderful musicians. A great night of real Irish entertainment is always a highlight of Ireland's traditional music capital.Duration: 8 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in GalwayDay 2: Day 2: Galway - Burren - Doolin - Cliffs of Moher - DingleStop At: Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor, County ClareToday you will have the wild Atlantic ocean by your side as we cruise down the West coast. See beautiful beaches, golden sand, maybe even a few dolphins and whales. Run around the lunar landscape of the Burren, the only place on earth where Alpine, Arctic and Mediterranean flowers grow side by side, and hear your guide tell inspiring tales of how our ancestors overcame the horrors of the great Potato Famine of 1845-49, sending over a million of our ancestors to the four corners of the globe and in particular Britain, North America, and Australia. We'll stop in the village of Doolin for lunch and maybe a pint before continuing to the nearby Cliffs of Moher. Over 700 ft tall, the cliffs are perhaps the most spectacular in Europe and are home to some of nature's most majestic birds including puffins and gannets. Afterwards, we'll cross the River Shannon in historic Limerick. Our last stop today is the beautiful heritage town of Adare with its fabulous thatched cottages, renowned for being regularly voted Ireland's tidiest town. We spend the night on the rural Dingle Peninsula.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Dingle PeninsulaDay 3: Day 3: Dingle - KillarneyStop At: Dingle Peninsula, County KerryToday we embark on the world famous Dingle Peninsula. We visit Ireland's longest beach at Inch, and then we take the short drive to Dingle, a charming Gaelic speaking fishing village. Famed in many films like Far and Away and Ryan's Daughter, Dingle is celebrated for having most pubs in Ireland for a town of its size, 52 pubs and 2000 people. We cannot forget Dingle's most famous resident, Fungi the Dolphin who we shall have time to visit in the early afternoon. Then it's off on a wonderful pleasant drive around Slea Head with amazing views of Sleeping Giant Island, the Blasket Islands, and Beehive Huts dating back to 2000 B.C. Regarded as the most beautiful Peninsula in the world by many photographic magazines, Slea Head has some of Ireland's most fabulous beaches and is definitely the highlight of Ireland's famed Wild Atlantic Way. This area is completely Gaelic speaking, and you may even get to hear some of the locals converse in this ancient language. Then it's back to Dingle where there is ample time for shopping in traditional arts and crafts stores, and some refreshments in one of the many colorful pubs with local musicians playing some mystic tunes. Tonight we stay in Killarney, Co. Kerry's premier town. Here we mix with the locals, and enjoy the characteristics of a genuine Irish county town, away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. Pull up a stool by the fire or enjoy a relaxing post dinner stroll in the nearby National Park.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in KillarneyDay 4: Day 4: Killarney - DublinStop At: Blarney Castle & Gardens, Blarney, County CorkThe day begins with a horse and cart ride through Killarney National Park (optional) or horseback ride through the park for the energetic and adventurous (optional). Afterwards, we'll regroup to cross the Cork and Kerry mountains, heading for the world renowned Blarney Castle. Enjoy plenty of time (2 hours) visiting the Castle where you can kiss the Blarney Stone if you wish (to receive the gift of eloquent speech also known as the gift of the gab). The beautiful gardens offer a chance to relax in the fresh air whilst those seeking last minute souvenirs can explore the excellent Blarney Woolen Mills, the world's largest Irish shop. After lunch we take a leisurely drive through the Golden Vale region, Ireland's finest agricultural land and home to some of the best livestock in the world. Before we reach Dublin, we'll pause at the Rock of Dunamase - a ruined castle perched high on a hill overlooking the province of Leinster - amazing photo opportunities and vistas await you. Arrive back in Dublin late afternoon in time for dinner reservations and evening entertainment.Duration: 8 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$68.50 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Dingle

The tour boat M.V. "Blasket Princess" departs from Ventry pier, Dingle, Co. Kerry every day at 13:00 hrs. weather and / or sea conditions permitting. Ventry pier - Ceann Trá - is 4 miles west of Dingle town on the Slea head drive, road R559 and on the Wild Atlantic Way. You can park in the village or 500 meters past the pier at the beach or on the pier. The tour boat holds a maximum of 40 passengers, but usually less, and has 3 to 4 crew depending on the number of people expected for that day. This consists of the skipper, one crew, one wildlife guide for any questions and one spotter / marine biologist. The first part of the trip takes you out to Dingle Bay and on towards the Great Blasket island. The trip passes the seaward side of Dunbeg fort and on past Slea head and Couminole beach and Dunmore Head - the most westerly part of Ireland. We often see harbour porpoises on this part of the trip and sometimes common dolphins and Minke whales off Slea Head. We continue on to the Great Blasket island and moor off the island for a while with views of the old deserted village and the beautiful Trá Bán - White Strand. The skipper of the boat lived and fished from the Great Blasket island and he will give a brief description or answer any of your questions about this island outpost. The boat continues on to Carraig Fhada to view grey seals in the water or hauled out on the rocks. The Blasket Islands hold the biggest population of grey seals in Ireland.The itinerary of the boat tour changes every day and like nature itself no two boat tours are the same and the skipper decides in real time where the best place to go is that day with the optimum chance to see wildlife taking into account the weather, sea conditions, sea swell etc and also taking into account passenger comfort and safety. The vessel is licenced by the Dept. of Transport for 44 passengers in total and has all the necessary life jackets, life rafts, safety and communication equipment and crew training.The second part of the trip usually goes out to the mouth of Dingle Bay between the outer Blasket islands and Skellig Rock where some of the recent Star Wars - The Force Awakens was made. Depending on wildlife distribution and sea conditions the tour may go north past Sybil Head and The Dead Man ( island) or west beyond Tiaracht lighthouse - the most westerly lighthouse in Europe.Puffins can be seen at Inishvickillaun between April and the end of July / beginning of August when they migrate back to the waters off Canada. At the start of the season April to May, when sea water temperatures are around 12 degrees Celsius, basking shark are plentiful in the area. They are the biggest fish in the North Atlantic and the second biggest in the world after the whale shark.Of course the biggest highlight of the trip can be the appearance of killer whales or humpbacks but although we often see humpback whales on our trips we can never guarantee sightings.

$912.24 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Dingle way-Self Guided-8 Days

Day 1: Dublin to TraleeArrive in Tralee, the administrative capital of County Kerry. This is the home to the famous Rose of Tralee festival. Upon arrival in your guesthouse, your hostess will give you your full detailed information pack, and she will suggest some of the many local restaurants or pubs and even traditional Irish music.Day 2: Tralee to Camp Walk along back country roads to join the Dingle Way, and then you follow the once old road under the Slieve Mish Mountains to Dingle. Passing a fascinating 8th century church, you then continue to the village of Camp. Fantastic views over the Atlantic Ocean.Day 3 : Camp to AnnascaulToday, you cross the spine of the Dingle Peninsula to traverse above the wildlife sanctuary of lnch beach and then on green road and hilltop to the picturesque village of Annascaul, where you overnight.Day 4: Annascaul to DingleContinue along a medieval road to the fishing village of Dingle, which is steeped in Irish culture and music, and where the locals still speak in the native (Gaelic) tongue. Dingle is a wonderful little harbour town and boasts attractions such as the Marine Centre, boat trip to see 'Fungi', Dingle's resident dolphin, 52 pubs and attractive craft shops and famous restaurants.Day 5: Dingle to Slea HeadToday's walking is spectacular, taking you via Ventry Beach and along the slopes of Mount Eagle to Slea Head. This stretch is famous for its concentration of archaeological sites such as the "beehive" huts. You will get to see the wonderfully remote Blasket Islands and experience life in one of Ireland's Gaeltacht regions. Overnight in Dunquin.Day 6: Slea head to Feothanagh The road leading out of Dunquin provides a brisk uphill walk. Heading due north, the Dingle Way soon turns into a gravel path and then rounds the shoulder of An Ghráig at 120m above sea-level. After heading across grasslands and passing the small picturesque Clogher Beach, the Dingle Way skirts some cliffs where the full force of the Atlantic can be felt as waves come crashing in below.Day 7: Feothanagh to CloghaneToday, you will walk across an old military road to the northern side of the peninsula - finishing in the village of Cloghane. This is a remote but spectacular walk - full of history and inaccessible except by foot.Day 8: Cloghane to Castlegregory Today is a walk along the beaches, made interesting by the remains of a 15- century church and graveyard at Stradbally. Farther along are the Lough Gill wildlife sanctuary and more beaches, walking around a peninsula before coming to Castlegregory.

$464.24 Private & Custom Tours

Dingle Peninsula Private Tour from Killarney, Kenmare or Sneem

The Dingle peninsula is a beautiful part of Ireland. The tour shows you the highlights as the most beautiful places off the beaten track. The west of Dingle is a Gaeltacht, or Irish speaking area, where the traditional language, customs, crafts and folklore are very much alive today.The Dingle Tour takes you along The Wild Atlantic Way coastal road that is one of the most scenic routes in Ireland. At Slea head breathtaking coastal scenery and magnificent views of the Blasket Islands are guaranteed. Visit the tranquil beaches of Inch and Coumeenole. It’s here where the land meets the ocean, that Dingle’s beauty is unforgettable.In Dingle Town there is always a cead mile failte for the visitor. The town is packed with colourful houses, shops and pubs and is set around a busy fishing port and marina.The Conor Pass is the highest mountain pass (400m) in Ireland and offers fantastic views of Brandon Mountain (952m), lakes, Dingle Harbour and the Atlantic.The Dingle Peninsula has the greatest concentration of archaeological sites in Ireland. Step back in time as you visit such treasures as the Beehive huts or the Gallarus Oratory.The tour can start from Killarney, Kenmare or Sneem, and you will be collected at your accommodation.Lunch is not included in the tour price. During the day we can make a stop for lunch in a traditional pub, or you can enjoy your picnic lunch in a spectacular setting.As the tour is a private tour it will be your day your way, and changes to the itinerary can be made.Book your private sightseeing experience now and find the Ireland you’ve always imagined. 

$1940.97 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Day Adventure Tour on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

Day 1: Today, from Cork city you will visit the world famous Blarney Castle. In the afternoon the tour travels into west Cork to Join the Wild Atlantic Way.  Today’s activity will be a gentle hike along a beautiful trails in west Cork, to get you warmed up for the adventures ahead.  Day 2: You will wake-up in the heart of West Cork to the clear air blown in from the vast Atlantic Ocean. In the morning you will enjoy a coastal cycle in the heart of west Cork. In the afternoon you will visit the magical Garnish Island and gardens.   Day 3:  Today the tour crosses from the Rebel County of Cork into the Kingdom of Kerry.  You will hike in Killarney National Park through ancient oak woodland and after you will take a beautiful boat ride through the splendid Lakes of Killarney.  Tonight you are sure to enjoy the craic in Killarney town.Day 4:  Day four begins with a cycle around Muckross House and Gardens the tour then travels west from Killarney between the Atlantic Ocean and the rolling Kerry mountains.  We will call to the salty fresh-air playground of Inch Beach. If you fancy the surf then you can take a life affirming plunge in the Ocean. Then you travel to An Daingean, Dingle. In the afternoon there is a great trip around Slea head.Day 5:  The tour travel northwards to the Banner County of Clare, where you will hike along an awe inspiring path to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.  Then we visit the Burren, a World Heritage Site and a close by megalithic tomb older than Egypt’s pyramids before we march from the Banner County in to the City of the Tribes, Galway.Day 6: From Galway we travel to Connemara to catch the ferry out to Inis Mór- the largest of the Aran Islands.  We will cycle through beautiful scenery to  the Iron Age ring fort, Dun Aengus, perched on the edge of a 300-foot high cliff. This is a really special day with amazing scenery along the entire route. Day 7: From Roundstone we will further explore the magic of Connemara.  You will travel under the Maumturk Mountains the Twelve Bens and pass along the most spectacular of Ireland’s three fjords, Killary Harbour. Today's activity is a hike on one of Connemaras many hills. In the evening the tour enters County Mayo. At Doo Lough, we will take a breather and perhaps remember the unfortunate famine victims who walked the same route over 170 years hence, before ploughing on and finishing in Westport.Day 8: Today there is a great cycle along Irelands original greenway cycle route. There is also a treat or two in store on your route back to Cork to the finishing point of the best Adventure Holiday in Ireland.  

$1484.27 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Adventure Tour on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

This 6 day tour starts on the morning of day 1 in Cork City.. Day 1: On day one you will visit Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone.  From here you will travel into West Cork to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The activity on day one is a gentle hike to get you warmed up for the fantastic adventures ahead. Tonight the tour stays in the heart of west Cork. Day 2: In the morning you will take a cycle along a spectacular west cork Peninsula. In the afternoon  there is a splendid drive and a short evening stroll. Tonight you stay in a beautiful Kerry location. Day 3: On the third day, you will be taken into the Iveragh Peninsula to explore the world famous Ring of Kerry with its dazzling beaches and rugged beauty.  Walk through the portal of 2000 year old stone forts, visit the homes of Irish revolutionaries and the favourite holiday spots of Hollywood greats. There is an optional boat ride around the UNESCO World Heritage site and Star Wars location, Skellig Micheal (weather dependent). In the evening you can relax and unwind with a well-earned pint of Guinness in Killarney town.Day 4: During day four you will get real sense of this regions boundless energy and exquisite beauty.  Beginning with the wonder of Killarney National Park and Muckross House and Gardens.  If you keep your eyes peeled, you may spot some wild deer and maybe an eagle as you explore Killarney National Park by bike. In the afternoon you will travel along a spectacular section of the Wild Atlantic Way heading further west to the jewel of Kerry, Dingle. There is an optional kayak in Dingle Bay where you may spot Ireland’s friendliest Dolphin, Fungi. Day 5: On day five as morning breaks and the sun rises over magical Kerry there is a morning cycle along the spectacular Slea head.  In the afternoon the tour then travels north to county Clare.  Day 6: On the final day of this Tour you will explore the unique landscape of the Burren. There is a very special walk to the cliffs of Moher. On the last day you can return to Dublin or Cork city after partaking in one of the best Adventure Holidays in Ireland.

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