DINGLE DAY TOUR - ITINERARY
The Dingle day tour is a drive past stunning beaches, through spectacular, unspoilt seascapes and around numerous sites of cultural and historic interest. It is a rare area where the natives still speak the the Irish language. Dingle town is a charming town featuring an eclectic mix of shops, brewery and distillery along with intimate restaurants and cosy pubs where you people enjoy a traditional Irish music 'seisun'. National Geographic has called it ' the most beautiful place on earth '.
Following a pick up from your accommodation and tour orientation in Killarney we will follow the Wild Atlantic Way onto the Atlantic surrounded peninsula and onwards to the most westerly and scenic area of Europe.. Our itinerary then proceeds as follows:
Inch beach - a 6 km long sandy beach running out into Dingle bay - is our introduction to the stunning seascapes of the rugged Atlantic coast. Nearby is Annascaul, birthplace of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean. The trip will continue westwards through Dingle town.
The fascinating huts are built in a 6th century method of construction known as corbelling and are thought to be a form of accommodation for pilgrims. They are wonderfully integrated into the landscape and some commanded fine views of the Atlantic
We stop stop here to enjoy a uniquely stunning pallette of islands and reefs projecting outwards from the peninsula and upwards from a glittering Atlantic. The fabled Blasket Islands whose isolated location provided a host to a strong Irish language literary tradition and remote Irish speaking culture up till the recent past.
An impressive 7th century, excavated monastic settlement. Containing an inscribed ‘pillar stone’ - precursor of the Celtic high cross.
The easily accessible and extremely well preserved Gallarus Oratory is an absolute ecclesiastical architectural gem. An early christian church, built from stone without mortar and shaped like an upturned boat. A visitor centre in open during summer season.
Today, the Romanesque church of Kilmalkedar is in ruins, but it is still worth a visit. In the graveyard are ancient crosses, a medieval sundial and pagan memorial stones.
On our return you will have some free time to absorb the lively 'sought out' ambience of Dingle town. A charming, well located town and fishing port it features an eclectic mix of shops, brewery and distillery along with intimate restaurants and cosy pubs.
Conor Pass (optional weather dependent)
The Conor Pass is the highest mountain pass in Ireland. Featuring views of the coast, mountains and valleys our route down overlooks Brandon Bay passing cliffs, a waterfall and charming lakes.