KILLARNEY – DINGLE PENINSULA & SLEA HEAD DAY TOUR
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A VISIT TO THE DINGLE PENINSULA IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES STUNNING SCENERY AND WANTS TO EXPERIENCE NATURE AT ITS MOST AWESOME.....AND, THE FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE YOU WILL MEET ANYWHERE IIN THE WORLD!
Killarney – Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head Day Tour
Location Pickup – 22 Main Street Killarney
The Dingle Peninsula
The Dingle Peninsula – Corca Duibhne – has the most rugged coastline in Ireland. The steep sea-cliffs such as Slea Head allow magnificent views in addition to award winning sandy beaches such as Inch Beach in the south and the tombolo of Maharees to the north which runs over 3 miles long.
Magharee Islands – “Seven Hogs”
To the north of the Maharees lie the Magharee Islands or “Seven Hogs”:, the largest of which, Oileán t-Seanaigh/Illauntannig, contains remnants of an early Christian monastic settlement, said to have been founded by St. Senan in the 7th century AD.
The Wild Atlantic Way
The Dingle Peninsula or Corca Dhuibhne, stretches 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean on the south west coast of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The Peninsula is dominated by the range of mountains that form its spine, spanning from the Stieve Mish range to the Conor Pass and Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest peak.
The area is scattered with ancient huts and historic buildings such as the Kilmalkeadar Church (Cill Mhaoilchéadair) which is a stop on the tour. Kilmalkedar was a very important monastery in the early medieval period. The ruined 12th-century Romanesque church displays fine carving, especially on the doorway and on the chancel arch. It became the parish church for the area in the 13th century, and was in use until the 16th century.
Considered by many to have some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery, the peninsula also supports both a rare and unique assortment of flora and fauna.
The Gaelic Language
The Dingle Peninsula is a place rich in tradition, literature and culture, where native Gaelic (Irish language) prospers alongside modern languages, where perfect harmony created by nature restores the spirit, where you can relax and savor the scenery, the archaeology, the local food, craft distillery and breweries, the art & photography.
Slea Head (Irish – Slí Cheann Sléibhe), a part of the Wild Atlantic Way, is the most westerly point in Europe. Slea Head is located in the barony of Corca Dhuibhne and standing there, looking towards America, instils a feeling of excitement and empathy with the millions of emigrants who took this route.
There are splendid views around Slea Head, especially of the Blasket Islands and the scattered rocks which are all part of an exploded volcanic area.
The Blasket Islands
The Great Blasket Island was abandoned in 1954 and is best known for the gifted Irish Language Writers who vividly described the Islands way of life. These residents were the ones who kept alive the Irish Folk Tales of the land!
‘The most beautiful place on earth. – National Geographic
‘Voted among the top 100 destinations in the world’ – Trip Advisor
‘A very favorable winter destination’ – CNN
Film location for Star Wars Episode VIII, The Last Jedi, Ryan’s Daughter
and Far and Away…….