Tour Code: 15215P16
The Dingle Peninsula is one of the western most areas of Ireland. It contains, spectacular, unspoilt coastal landscapes and beaches. Numerous historic and prehistoric sites dot the landscape and let’s not forget in the midst of it all, is Dingle town.
Following a pick up from your accommodation, we will start the tour to Dingle. On route we will visit Inch beach which affords breath taking views of the rugged Atlantic coast. A few kilometres from Inch is the town of Annascaul, where famous Antarctic explorer and seaman Tom Crean was born. The trip will continue to Dingle town where shopping and a spot of lunch will be highly recommended and greatly welcomed. A visit to Tom Crean’s Brewery is possible as well.
From Dingle, the tour will include the following scenic areas of interest.
Dunbeg Fort is an Iron Age fortification and is regarded as one of the best preserved in Ireland. Nearby are the beehive huts, which were thought to be a form of accommodation for medieval pilgrims.
Gallarus Oratory is an early medieval church, built from stone without mortar and shaped like a boat. It is an architectural ecclesiastical gem.
Today, the Romanesque church of Kilmalkedar is in ruins, but it is still worth a visit. In the graveyard you might find ancient crosses, a medieval sundial and pagan memorial stones.
Riasc is a monastic settlement of the 7th century, excavated and open to the public. Visitor will find an inscribed ‘pillar stone’. These stones were precursors of the high crosses.
Slea Head is reached via the Slea Head Drive and offers stunning view of the coast and the Blasket Islands.
Our return journey offers you the chance to experience the Conor Pass which is the highest mountain pass in Ireland. On this route, there are wonderful views of the coast. There is a car park where you can experience breath-taking views of the mountains and valleys. The road then carries on down towards Brandon Bay passing cliffs, a waterfall and charming lakes.