The Dingle Peninsula is the most northern point of the key peninsulas in County Kerry at Dunmore Head but is considered the most westerly point in Ireland and possibly Europe too. It is known as “Corca Dhuibhne” in the Irish language which means “tribe of Duibhne”, the residence of the area. The entire area is steeped is history, mythology and Irish culture.
Dingle town sits on the Atlantic coast of Ireland and is remarkably close to Tralee and Killarney. It is situated in a “Gaelacht” which means it is an Irish speaking region of Ireland.
The hub of town is Dingle Harbour, which offers some of the most incredible panoramas in Ireland and to truly appreciate its beauty, we would highly recommend a boat journey. If you are lucky, you may even have the pleasure of encountering Dingle Harbours’ most celebrated 20-year inhabitant, Fungi the dolphin.
Of similar beauty and interest is Slea Head, which has one of the most requested sightseeing destinations and film settings, Dunquinn Beach. Movie enthusiasts will be able to walk in the foot steps of film stars and see exactly where the legendary movie, Ryan’s Daughter, was captured. Your personal Irish chauffeur can show you the spectacular views nearby but none so impressive as the views overlooking the Blasket Islands.
The Blasket Islands are a group of intriguing islands off the west coast of Ireland which were inhabited by a completely Irish-speaking natives until 1953. A number of books have been written about these fascinating islands and include famous Irish authors such as Peig Sayers: ‘Peig’ and Thomás Ó Criomhthain: ‘The Islandman’.
On a private tours of Ireland itinerary, our Ireland Driver Guides will take you on a mesmerizing & enthralling excursion through the Conor’s Pass Mountains which is one of the highest mountain passes in Ireland. It rises to 456 meters high and connects Dingle with Brandon Bay and Castlegregory.
Inch Beach is a spectacular vista that spans 5 kms of magnificent Kerry landscape. It is also ideal for surfing, windsurfing, kayaking and hand-gliding enthusiasts.
The famine cottages are located in Slea Head and are an incredible example of traditional Irish construction techniques from the early 19th century. They were constructed using mud and stone and usually consisted of two rooms and a loft or mezzanine. The mezzanine was accessed using a ladder. The most remarkable feature of these cottages in their prime was their thatched roofs. In 1860, the Earl of Cork renovated the cottages and replaced the thatched roofs with slate. Today the famine cottages are used for working sheepdog performances which are truly entertaining to watch. It takes incredible skill and training on the part of the farmer to gather and control all the sheep movements.
The Dun Beg Beehive Huts are an incredible way to spend time in Kerry on your tour of Ireland. Also known as a clochán, and located around the southwest of Ireland, they are typically made of dry stone with corbelled roofs. It is difficult to get a precise age of these huts but they are thought to be found after the 12th century. A truly memorable trip to Ireland.