Dingle and Slea Head Tour
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The Dingle Peninsula has the most rugged coastline in Ireland and is scattered with ancient huts and historic buildings.


  • Adult:  €50 (13+ years old)
  • Student Rates:  €40 (Students Rate with valid student ID)
  • Children:  €20 (12 years or younger)
  • Seniors:  €40 (Over 65's)


6.5 Hours


The Dingle Peninsula has the most rugged coastline in Ireland and is scattered with ancient huts and historic buildings. This tour departs from Killarney at 10.30 am. A great deal of traditional Irish heritage is maintained in this Irish-speaking (Gaelic) region (a Gaeltacht), including traditional music art and crafts. The peninsula also supports both a rare and unique assortment of flora and fauna.

A stop for morning coffee/walk on the beach at 11.30 am at Inch Beach for about 20/30 minutes. Onwards to Dingle coach park where we stop at 14.00. After a short stop, the tour continues to Ballyferriter where we make another stop at the local Church at 14.45.

Slea Head is the most westerly point in Europe and standing there, looking towards America, instills a feeling of excitement and empathy with the millions of emigrants who took this route. There are splendid views around Slea Head, especially of the Blasket Islands and the scattered rocks which are all part of an exploded volcanic area. In the storms of September 1588, four ships of the Spanish Armada were driven through the Basket Sound. Two reached shelter by way of great seamanship but a third sped through the Sound with its sails in tatters and crashed onto the two other ships. Nonetheless, the other two eventually returned to Spain. The population of the Great Blasket Island, evacuated in the 1950′s, produced a number of books in Irish, among them a bestseller, translated as Twenty Years A-Growing by Maurice O’ Sullivan, and a masterpiece, The Islandman by Thomas O'Crohan. Additionally, the autobiography of the storyteller and resident of the Great Blasket Island Peig Sayers was published in 1936. Peig is among the most famous expressions of a late Gaelic Revival genre of personal histories by and about inhabitants of the Blasket Islands and other remote Irish locations. Robert J. Flaherty’s film documentary Man of Aran addresses similar subjects. Peig depicts the declining years of a traditional, Irish-speaking way of life characterized by poverty, devout Catholicism, and folk memory of the Famine and the Penal Laws. During the twentieth century some 60 books, mostly in Irish, were written in the immediate area. The tour also takes in the countryside where David Lean filmed Ryan’s Daughter and the landscape backdrops for the Irish scenes of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman filmed Far and Away.

The tour returns to the coach park in Dingle at 15.15 for another brief stop. The town of Dingle is full of wonderful shops and worth a walkabout.

On the return to Killarney, a stop will be made at the famous South Pole Inn in Annauscaul which was the home of Tom Crean who was an Antarctic explorer, born in 1877 and died in 1938 (aged 61).  Crean was a member of 3 expeditions to Antarctica during the Age of Antarctic Exploration. This saw the race to reach the South Pole lost to Roald Amundsen. During the expedition, Crean's 35-mile solo walk across the Ross Ice Shelf to save the life of Edward Evans.  Crean left Annascaul, in Co. Kerry to go exploring.

Crean's final Antarctic venture was as second officer on Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition. After the ship Endurance sank, Crean and the ship's company spent 492 days drifting on the ice before undertaking a journey in the ship's lifeboats to Elephant Island. He was a member of the crew which made a small-boat journey of 800 miles to South Georgia Island to seek aid for the stranded party.

After retiring from the Navy on health grounds in 1920, Crean ran his pub the South Pole Inn in County Kerry with his wife and daughters. 

Unfortunately, our day comes to an end when we end in Killarney at Main Street at 17.30 hrs.

Please note: This Tour normally only operates from March to October