The Dingle Peninsula is one of Ireland's most famous scenic day
It has some of the best natural scenery seen anywhere in Europe.
Here I have made some suggestions to make this trip a most memorable
Leaving Killarney town, take the Killorglin road (N70). Turn right
the Golden Nugget bar (N72) to Miltown. To see the Dingle Peninsula
properly you need a full day. Leaving Killarney around 10:00am and
returning around 6:00pm.
Castlemaine next head for Inch Beach (please do not drive your car
on any beach in Kerry !) some of Ryan's Daughter was filmed here.
Passing the Anascaul River mouth, you may want to turn right for
Anascaul and Tom Crean's South Pole Inn Pub. It was here Tom Crean
the famous South Pole Explorer returned after his magnificent
Courageous Journey with Lord Shackelton and Scott to the South Pole.
After this you can continue on to the town of Dingle. Here you can
take a boat trip to see Fungi the wild dolphin who has been a
resident in Dingle Harbor for 20 years,
Slea Head Drive on Dingle PeninsulaSlea Head Drive, a one-way, single-lane loop around the far-western
end of the peninsula, leaves from and returns directly to Dingle
The 30-mile tour can be done in a half-day by auto, or a hard-cycled
full day by bicycle.
This is rugged, desolate country. the breathtaking panoramas of the
coastline with steep cliffs falling into the sea, isolated beaches,
and the Blasket Islands. These natural wonders and the following
array of historical sites made this day of explorations
our most enchanting in Ireland.
Ogham Stones: Dating from 300 A.D., these stones near the village of
Ventry contain rare examples of early Celtic writing. Utilizing
variations of five straight lines, the Celts used a writing alphabet
of 20 different letters.
Ring Fort and Beehive Huts: Clustered within a circular stone wall
a group of beehive huts, essentially stone igloos, which provided
shelter for small families from 1,000 B.C. to as late as 1200 A.D.
Beehive huts on Dingle PeninsulaDunbeg Fort: Perched on a sheer cliff promontory, this hill fort
contains a stone rampart and entrance, guard chambers, underground
tunnel, and central beehive hut. Although inhabited as late as the
century, evidence of early settlement dates back to 500 B.C.
Great Blasket Centre: This modern facility is a heritage centre for
Gaelic culture and a memorial to the hardy souls who inhabited
Island up until 1953. The small community of approximately 100 had
survived for centuries, each family owning a cow, several sheep, and
small potato plot.
Riasc Monastery: Dating from the 5th to the 12th century, the
site lays in ruins with traces of walls, inner walls, beehive hut
residences, a square oratory, and an outside grain kiln operated for
the surrounding farmers. An incredible Celtic pillar stone dates
1,000 B.C., with a monk-carved Maltese-type cross, inscribed over
Gallarus Oratory: one of Ireland’s best-preserved early churches
Returning to Killarney via the "Conor Pass", stop at the car park at
the top and stretch your legs, looking South you can see Skelligs in
the distance and Dingle Bay, and to the North, Brandon Bay and the
Its on to Tralee now via Blenerville and the Windmill and back to
Killarney and Gleann Fia Country House for a relaxing drink from our
For the adventurous driver only From Brandon to Killarney via Caherconree (only for very experienced
drivers). At Camp take the side road beside Ashes Pub which will
you out on the Inch - Killarney road.
This road is not suitable for buses of any kind or in frosty winter
weather. The road is narrow and steep, the price you pay for the
at the top.
Drive safely and keep your eyes on the road and put your hand brake
on when stopping.
You can see Tralee Bay to the North and Cromane and even Caragh Lake
in the distance to the south, with the mountains at Glenbeigh to the
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