Dingle and Slea Head Tours
We generally leave Killarney Town at around 9am for the Dingle and Slea Head Tours. However, we will work with you to find the best time that suits your group.
We drive out on the Dingle and Slea Head tours to take in some of the most rugged coastline in Ireland encompassing many ancient sites and buildings of historic interest. ‘Traditional Ireland’ is alive and well in this part of the island. Much of the region is still Irish speaking. Gaelic is the historic language spoken in this part of Ireland known as the ‘gaeltacht’. Gaeltacht is an Irish language word which refers to a geographic region where traditional Irish is the main language spoken. Time honoured music, arts, and crafts have also survived the onslaught of modernity. You will see how this part of Ireland truly offers a glimpse into the past and how our ancestors lived and thrived.
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Arriving in Dingle
By 10.30 am we will have arrived in Dingle Town. Dingle is well known for its mouth-watering food options. May we suggest you try the fresh local seafood followed by some gourmet ice cream? There are plenty of bars and shops of interest in this area. And not to forget, Dingle is the home of Fungi the dolphin! Although he tends to make his appearances a little further out to sea, Fungi has been known to frequent the harbour on occasion.
Travelling to Slea Head
At 1 pm we hit the road again for a drive across a rugged landscape which often appears frozen in time. When we reach Slea Head you will be at the most westerly point in Europe. Looking out across the Atlantic Ocean there are great views of the Blasket Islands – many Irish migrants to the USA would have shared these views as they took a last look back at where they were leaving before starting a new life across the ocean. The Blasket Islands are the result of volcanic activity which left just enough land on which communities could thrive. In fact, up until the 1950s, these islands were still inhabited until evacuation took place – you will learn more about this on the tour.
Peig Sayers of the Blasket Islands
Peig Sayers, a storyteller from these islands, recounts the personal and communal history of the inhabitants in this area. Her writings bring to life the importance of community, religion and a collective folk memory where the famine and the crown loom large in the minds of residents. You will hear more about Peig and her writing as the tour commences.
Ryan’s Daughter, a Hollywood Blockbuster, was filmed in the Dingle and surrounding areas in the late 1960s. Our tour takes in much of the landscape which forms the backdrop to this famous film. ‘Far and Away’, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, was also filmed in this area.
The tour arrives back in Killarney around 5 pm in the early evening, giving you plenty of time to arrange more activities for later in the night.
Please note – for stops at selected sites of interest, arrangements must be agreed in advance. Contact Us for more details.
Price is dependent on group size. Please contact us to enquire about our special group rates.
Lewis road in Killarney
Full coach (27-50 Seats), Medium coach (17-26 Seats), Mini coach (4-16 Seats)
Time: 8:40 AM
Coach is open and driver is available to meet participants and check people in.
Time: 9:00 AM
Coach will leave the main coach park on the Lewis road in Killarney or from hotel of participants choosing
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
the coach will wind its way over the road with its nose pointed for Dingle as the guests onboard enjoy the commentary. Enjoy the varied scenery from mountain sheep grazing pastures to beach bars and treacherous cliff top roads.
Time: 10:30 AM
the coach will park up in Dingle town and our guests depart and set out to discover the bohemian town. An eclectic spot at best, like many fishing ports. Plenty of music, pubs and craic. Also some really good ice cream and coffee. It needs exploring. Don’t be surprised to hear the locals speaking As Gaelige , or in Irish. The dingle Peninsula is an Irish speaking stronghold.
Time: 1:00 PM
The journey continues and takes a step in the dramatically rugged direction. There will be plenty of the stops on the most westerly headland in Europe. The views are spectacular. Genuinely impressive. The road is dangerous and hopefully one way for traffic. If you want to see a coach driver earn an honest wage, today’s the day.
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Gallarus oratory. A visit to this small approx 1,000 year old church. Built of local stone and surviving the harshest weather known. Needs to be seen.
Time: 3:00 PM
Return to coach to relax, absorb all the knowledge gleaned from the trip and enjoy the trip back to Killarney.
Time: 5:00 PM
Disembark the coach in the town of Killarney.