Tour Code: 7555P3
Duration: 6 hours
Private tour with a passenger vehicle and experienced guide.The "Slea Head Drive" is a spectacular scenic route on the Dingle Peninsula in South-West Ireland. A private tour is the perfect way to enjoy it. You can be fully in charge of the itinerary . Where do we stop for pictures? Stop here for lunch? It is up to you to decide. The tour includes sights and attractions that you cannot reach on a coach tour, for example the Connor Pass.
The Dingle peninsula gets is name from the largest town on the peninsula. The peninsula is often called Corca Dhuibhne, even by English speaking people. It means "tribe of Duibhne". On the peninsula there are two mountain ranges: the Slieve Mish Mountains in the east, and another range of mountains in the west that has no name. Mount Brandon is the tallest mountain in Ireland after the peeks of the MacgillyCuddy Reeks outside Killarney.
The Connor Pass is an absolute highlight that cannot be missed. It starts just outside the town of Dingle and ends on the other side of the peninsula near the village Castlegregory. It is Ireland's highest mountain pass. It is a narrow, twisting road surrounded by sharp drops and lakes. As such, coaches are prohibited from driving this road.
Just off the very westernmost point on the peninsula you will find the Blasket Islands. Until the 1950s these islands were inhabited and from Dunquin, on the mainland, you can still see the remains of the main village on the Great Blasket island. Many of the old inhabitants became famous writers and poets and the Blasket Centre has a fascinating exhibition on the literary heritage of the islands.
A large part of the peninsula is designated as a so called "Gaeltacht". This means the Irish language is the primary language spoken here. Road signs, for example, are all in Irish language.
The tour includes all the important highlights on the Dingle peninsula such as the Connor Pass, Ferriter's Cove, Gallarus Oratory and the Blasket Centre. We will pass many colorful villages such as Dingle, Castlegregory, Dunquin and Annascaul. Your guide can point you to excellent restaurants and bars in these places to stop for a tasty lunch, Irish pint of plain, or coffee.