The Dingle Peninsula occupies a place on the famous ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ and is regularly titled one of the most scenic stretches of coastlines worldwide. The route on this day trip from Cork offers incredible ocean and mountain views and is guaranteed to leave you mesmerized. Continue along the ‘Slea Head Drive’ – the most westerly in Europe and gaze out across the Atlantic coast as you take in the views of the Blasket Islands. Your journey also takes in Dingle town – a charming and picturesque fishing village – where you’ll pick up a ‘cúpla focail’ (few words) of the ancient Irish tongue – which is still used in daily life here. Book your seats now to the Dingle Peninsula from Cork and avoid disappointment!
Why should I choose this tour?
- Take in the world-famous landscapes of ‘The Kingdom’ that is Co. Kerry.
- Enjoy a drive along the ‘Slea Head Route’ – the westernmost drive in Europe – next stop, North America!
- Visit the beautiful town of Killarney – nestled between Kerry’s rugged mountains.
- We take you to the famous and beautiful Inch Beach, popular with surfers for its raging Atlantic waves.
- Enjoy the beauty that Dingle bay has to offer – your relaxing drive includes many photo stops for Atlantic views.
- Visit the charming and historic fishing village of Dingle – for a glimpse into the traditional and old-fashioned Irish way of life, which has been preserved here.
Depart Cork & drive through the Cork & Kerry Mountains
Leave behind busy Cork City this morning and head for the wilderness of ‘The Kingdom’ that is Co. Kerry. Our route takes us through the Cork & Kerry mountains, which you will have heard referenced in the old Irish folk tune ‘Whiskey in the Jar’. Enjoy views of ‘Carrauntoohill’ – Ireland’s tallest mountain as we approach the town of Killarney.
Killarney frequently claims the title of ‘most beautiful town in Ireland’, and deservedly so. The town is situated at the threshold of the Ring of Kerry, and therefore the perfect stop before embarking along the route. This town boasts beautiful and traditional shops, quaint cottages, fantastic traditional food and drink among many other features. You’re sure to enjoy an amble along the streets of Killarney and some interaction with the charming locals!
It is a little known fact that Ireland’s west coast boasts some of the best surfing in the world! Although we may not enjoy the same sunshine as our Californian and Australian counterparts – Ireland is in fact an increasingly popular surfing destination. Inch beach is at the center of the Irish surfing scene – with incredible surf lashing in from the wild Atlantic. The golden sand here makes for an enjoyable walk as you enjoy the ocean views and biting fresh air! There are many traditional bars within a stone’s throw from the beach – where the hoards of surfers defrost by the fire post-surfing!
Slea Head Drive
We continue on towards Slea Head drive – the westernmost drive in Europe. Capture the dramatic views, which appear at every turn along this magnificent route. Gaze out at the Atlantic ocean and take in the ‘Beehive huts’ – ancient monastic cells which take pride of place in early Christian history. The location has also been used for the newest ‘Star Wars’ release, expected December 2015. Stunning beaches line the drive, including Coumeenole and Clogherhead – where the hit film ‘Far and Away’, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman was filmed. We finish our drive along the route passing through the traditional, old village of Ballyferriter.
To experience Dingle is to really experience something unique. An old-fashioned, quaint fishing Village, Dingle is one of the few existing areas to have retained the old, celtic way of life. You’ll hear Gaelic spoken here as the everyday language and have the chance to experience an un-modernized way of life. The village is also famed for having the most pubs (relative to its size) in Ireland – making it rude not to stop off here for a pint. The town’s most notable celebrity, ‘Fungi’ the dolphin – is likely to make an appearance during your visit – indeed, he has been entertaining visitors with various acrobatics for a number of years (Fungi is a wild animal who lives free in nature- so we can’t make any promises on his behalf!) .
Return to Cork
Enjoy a leisurely drive through the mountains en route back to Cork city as you reflect on a highly enjoyable day out. Your guide will drop you into the heart of Cork city – where the tour comes to an end.
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