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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Slea Head activities

$450.77 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day South West Ireland Tour from Dublin

To begin this amazing experience, you will depart Dublin and head west to tour the beautiful region of Connemara. After a refreshment stop in the midlands of Ireland, your first stop will be the quaint and charming village of Cong. The village is home to Ashford Castle and Cong Abbey. Departing Cong, you will enjoy wonderful views of the Garlic speaking Connemara and its beautiful lakes, valleys and mountain scenery. You will arrive in Galway by mid afternoon, which will allow you ample time to enjoy this marvelous cultural city. Visit the Spanish Arch and ramble around colorful shop street. Accommodation will be in Galway city. Begin day to by cruising along the west coast where you will enjoy beautiful beaches and golden sand. Your first stop is the home of the legendary king of Connacht, Dunguaire Castle. The tour will continue to the seaside village of Kinvara and the lunar landscape of the Burren, the only place in the world where Alpine, Arctic and Mediterranean flowers grow side by side. You will then enjoy a lunch stop in Doolin (own expense), a beautiful Gaelic speaking village, before visiting the highlight of the day, the Cliffs of Moher. Rising over 700 ft in height, these cliffs are home to some of nature's most majestic birds. You will take a photo-stop at Bunratty Castle. You will spend the night in Killarney. On day 3 you will embark on a tour of the world famous Dingle Peninsula. The day begins with a horse and cart ride through Killarney National Park (optional at additional cost), before visiting Ireland's longest beach at Inch beach, where you will enjoy miles of beautiful sandy beach. You will then take the short drive to Dingle, a charming Gaelic speaking fishing village. Highlights of the Dingle Peninsula will include Slea head, Gallarous Oratory, Views of the Blasket Islands, Dingle Town, where there will be a chance to browse the local art and craft stores. Accommodation will be in a traditional Irish pub, where there will be a chance to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Your final day will begin by crossing the Cork and Kerry mountains and heading for the world renowned Blarney Castle. You will spend time here visiting the Castle, and kissing the Blarney Stone endowing you with the gift of eloquent speech (gift of the gab) for 7 years. You may also like to visit the famous Blarney Woollen Mills, where you can visit the world's largest Irish shop. After lunch (own expense), you will take a leisurely drive through Golden Vale.

$71.36 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.

$950.30 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.

$475.74 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.  

$1546.16 Outdoor Activities

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

This 6 day tour departs from Dublin, you can also choose to join the tour 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.