Slea Head Drive
The Slea Head Drive is a 46 km loop beginning and ending in Dingle. It is part of the Wild Atlantic Way and one of the most spectacular routes you will drive in Ireland. Travelers usually drive clockwise in order to avoid the large tour buses that frequent the route during the summer. Budget a full day and take your time enjoying the beautiful drive. For those people with a bit more time, it is also very popular to bike or walk this route over multiple days. Along the way you will have breathtaking views of the coastline and offshore islands. There are numerous historic sites that charge €2-3 euros each for entrance (make sure to bring cash) and you can stop into shops, pottery studios and cafes.
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Dingle is a unique little town and a great place to kick off The Slea Head Drive. The atmosphere is very inviting and the attractions are quirky and one of a kind. Spend time exploring the local shops or go on a pub crawl through the town. A few day trips can also be taken from Dingle:
Meet Fungie the Dolphin
Fungie is a wild Bottle-nose Dolphin living in the bay around the dingle peninsula. He has become a celebrity over the past 32 years as he interacts with the boats and people in the bay. You can take a tour to go see Fungie in his natural habitat with Dingle Dolphin Tours.
Visit the Blasket Islands
The Blasket Islands are made up of vastly unspoiled mountainous terrain stretching over 1,100 acres. The ocean around the islands are home to an abundance of wildlife including grey seals, dolphins, and a variety of whales. These islands are uninhabited by people, however you can take day trip tours out to explore with Blasket Island Ferries.
From Dingle you will drive west along the coast enjoying gorgeous views and scenic cliffs.
Fahan Beehive Huts ( Clocháin)
Hold a Baby Lamb
Perched on the western edge of the Dingle Peninsula is this striking promontory. Find parking in the village of Coumeenole, which has direct access to the headland. It is an ideal place for hiking, photos, and enjoying a picnic. The natural trails will bring you to to the edge of Dunmore Head allowing you to peer down the cliff.
Slea Head Beach
The Blasket Island Centre
A heritage and culture center with stunning views of the coast and of the Blasket Islands. This museum honors the unique community of people who lived on the Islands until their evacuation in 1953. Visit the Blasket Island Centre daily from 10 am to 6 pm for a €5 euro entrance fee.
Dunquin Peir offers seasonal ferry services to the Blasket Islands and a scenic viewpoint off the coast. The only entrance is down a narrow meandering walkway which has become a famous postcard image of Ireland. The parking is limited and the pier is not visible from the road.
Louis Mulcahy Pottery
The Gallarus Oratory
This inlet was the legendary starting point for the voyage of St Brendan to America in 535 A.D. It is a pretty spot to stop for a quick photo op and a leg stretch before returning to Dingle.