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.
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.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Lewis road in Killarney|
|Coach||Full coach (27-50 Seats), Medium coach (17-26 Seats), Mini coach (4-16 Seats)|