Slea Head, Dingle Peninsula
Slea Head is located at the western tip of scenic Dingle Peninsula and is easily reachable from the main town Dingle via the winding Slea Head Drive, a 30 kilometres long panoramic road. On the way there you pass Dunbeg Fortand some remarkable “Beehive Huts”, beehive-shaped huts made of stone, in which prehistoric settlers lived.
Shortly before Slea Head the road narrows appreciably and uncovers amazing views over the Atlantic, the nearby Blasket Islands and the rugged coast covered with luscious green. Bring enough time for an extensive photo stop to take in those breath-taking views.
Slea Head itself invites you to walks along the beautiful sandy Counmeenoole Beach or up to the top of Dunmore Head. Atop the hill there is a handsome Ogham stone, which is standing a little crookedly in the wind. From here you can enjoy dramatic views to South Kerry and overlook the Blasket Sound - in good weather the Blasket Islands are within your grasp.
Speaking of weather, depending on how this turns out, the waves are gently undulating, whereas other times one might think there is a fury raging around the rugged cliffs. It´s not hard to imagine for anyone who has ever experienced the last mentioned conditions, how two ships of the Spanish Armada, the Santa Maria de la Rosa and the San Juan, sank here in a storm in 1588.
Close by, in Dunquin, the visitor boats go to the Blasket Islands. Continuing to Dingle, the Slea Head Drive passes by two notable landmarks: The early Christian chapel Gallarus Oratory at Ballyferriter and the ruins of the monastic site at Reask with its unique decorated cross-pillars.Turning back to Dingle you’ll pass thebase of Mount Brandon, the second highest mountain in Ireland.
Even Hollywood couldn´t resist the magic of Slea Head and so the area became the setting of films like “Ryans´s Daughter” and “Far and Away”.
For more suggestions on what to do see our blog post about Dingle Peninsula!
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