The Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head Day Tour

Once you have spent time on our Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head Tour, you will know why so many people consider this area the most beautiful place in the world. Ringed with spectacularly rugged coastal scenery, it offers a rich heritage of remarkably well preserved pre-Christian and early Christian sites.

Steeped in Irish culture, language, literature, art and sport, the Dingle Peninsula centres on the vibrant town of Dingle (Daingean Uí Cúis – meaning Fort of Ó Cúis). If you like authentic traditional music, lively pubs, and fine restaurants, you’ve come to the right place.
On a private guided tour with Hand in Hand, you will find an Ireland that you thought you could only find in legends and films.

Historical Gems of the Dingle Peninsula

Inch Beach marks the gateway to the Dingle Peninsula and an introduction to the stunning scenery that awaits you on this tour. This mile-long strip of pure white sand featured in the David Lean film Ryan’s Daughter and reveals the wild Atlantic Ocean in all its beauty

Inch beach

As well as monastic beehive huts, among the historical attractions is Gallarus Oratory, an 11th-century chapel that looks like an upturned boat and is the only one if its kind surviving intact on the Irish mainland. Then there is the Riasc monastic settlement, which contains the ruins of a 6th-century monastery and important stone carvings.

Although the site is not on the main road, the reward for your detour is a fascinating site that you can explore in peace. Kilmalkedar is another centre of Christian monasticism and home to an ogham stone, alphabet stone, sundial, and stone cross.

Slea Head & Dunquin

Slea Head
After we leave Dingle town to tour Slea Head, the most westerly strip of land in Europe, you will be struck by the magnificent crashing waves and the rugged cliffs and rocky outcrops. We will stop along the way to take in beautiful coastal views and the wealth of historical heritage that immerses this peninsula.

Dunquin
At Dunquin, the Blasket Islands interpretative centre provides stunning views of the Blasket Islands and some fascinating insights into the remarkable literary achievements of the Island writers, their native language, culture, and traditions.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the endless strand of Inch beach at the doorstep of the Dingle Peninsula
  • Tour Slea Head, the most westerly strip of land in Europe, and also one of its most dramatic
  • Visit the Blasket Islands Centre and get an insight into the lives of the islanders who lived there many years ago
  • Stop at the small fishing town of Dingle, a place large on personality with its many shops, bars and restaurants

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the endless strand of Inch beach at the doorstep of the Dingle Peninsula
  • Tour Slea Head, the most westerly strip of land in Europe, and also one of its most dramatic
  • Visit the Blasket Islands Centre and get an insight into the lives of the islanders who lived there many years ago
  • Stop at the small fishing town of Dingle, a place large on personality with its many shops, bars and restaurants

Dingle and Annascaul

Dingle
On the way back, we will stop in the small fishing town of Dingle, a place full of character. Despite its diminutive scale, it is teeming with great pubs, excellent art and craft shops, superb restaurants, and wonderful Irish traditional music. We leave Dingle via The Connor Pass, a jaw-dropping, narrow pass between Dingle and Camp that offers simply breathtaking views.

Annascaul
The tour also takes in the pretty village of Annascaul, which was the birthplace of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean. You can see where Crean is buried and visit the South Pole Inn, where he lived out his days after he finished his polar adventures.

Remember!
This is just a sample of the delights that await you on Hand in Hand tour of the Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head tour. Contact us to arrange your ideal Dingle experience.