When you drive around the Dingle peninsula, you can find amazing views and a lot of Irish history along the way. For nature lovers and view seekers, this is the perfect day to spend in the peninsula. Yeah, it is a trip for one day! From Viking appearance to the city of dolphins, The Slea Head Loop is around 30 miles long.
We started our trip early morning from the city called Tralee. Slea Head Loop is one of the most scenic routes that take you around the peninsula. The best to explore the peninsula is to rent a car. The loop is also part of the Wild Atlantic Way, which starts on the north with Donegal and finishes in Cork county. It is a coastal route along the west coast of Ireland with 2600 km.
Roads are narrow but you can stop at viewpoints. Lush green landscape with sheep and views on the Atlantic are some of the best parts of the road trip.
We have driven over Conor Pass, we stopped for a couple of minutes to see the view over the landscape and the lakes. It was windy as hell. After passing, we made our way to the capital city of Dingle. The fishing town was hosting a regatta at that time. The city is known for its dolphin Fungie and there are many agencies that offer you tours to see dolphins.
On our way, we saw also Blasket Islands and a couple of tourist attractions such as stone houses, cottages, and beaches. We stopped on the beach which is known for the movie Star Wars.
What I wanted to see the most was Dunquin Pier. It is located in stunning scenery on a coastal stretch framed by huge cliffs. A narrow road leads down to the pier, where until 2014, a ferry to Blasket Islands departed. It can be used just by pedestrians, not cars! The pier is picture perfect and it is often referred to as Ireland’s Sheep Highway, “likely due to an iconic Irish postcard image depicting the pier filled with sheep as they were transported from the Blasket Islands to the mainland”.
We return to the main city Dingle where we spend one hour to go for a coffee and go a little around. It is a nice picturesque small city with so many colorful houses. The city really lives! Amazing! Here are some photos to show you:
After all day we continue to Killarney National park. We drove through and stopped on top called Ladies View and we stopped to visit Waterfall Torc late afternoon as well. It was great end of the day.
I highly recommend the trip around Dingle peninsula if you are going to Ireland. There are so many magnificent views, that you could stop every 200 meters. It shows you real green Ireland like you can imagine when you hear about the country. What a great spontaneous getaway it was 😀