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Gallarus Oratory

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Ancient church built over 1,000 years ago.
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8 km northeast of Ballyferriter on R559 | GPS coordinates 52.172750, -10.349408, Dingle, Ireland
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All reviews stone building visitor center early christians dingle peninsula amazing structure dry stone short video stone work piece of history slea head drive thousand years worth a stop gift shop entrance fee small fee quick stop old church
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Reviewed 4 days ago

well worth a visit If you are interested in the history of Kerry especially the blaskett islands. It is an enchanting story of Peg Sayers and the island people.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Ken E
Reviewed January 11, 2019

This ancient building, like an upturned boat is the oldest church I have ever been to. Just one room, and so atmospheric. Just seeing the way it was made and imagining how the early monks worshiped here makes the hairs on your neck stand up!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Eleanor J
Reviewed January 5, 2019

Well worth a visit visited out of season,so cafe and shop closed, but hey the star of the show is just a short walk from the car park.It is something else go visit you won’t regret it.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 3, 2019 via mobile

Make sure you stop to see this, as it is fascinating! The work requires to build this is awe inspiring. If you are interested in history and different architecture, stop here!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tombow
Reviewed December 17, 2018

We were staying at Ballydavid and knew about this place. We went here and to an old stone fort a short ways from Gallarus. It is a marvel of old construction with the stones being the building material. I enjoyed the stories about the Gallarus...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed December 10, 2018

The lane were the Oratory is located is very tiny and almost less than a one car area. The building is were kept and very pretty.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jodi C
Reviewed November 29, 2018 via mobile

Following Rick Steve’s instructions we followed direction to free parking spot. Quick walk up sidewalk got us the oratory. Small but very neat building with corbled walls.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

This place is a wonderful example of ancient stone construction. It's amazing to stand there in the presence of something that was constructed so long ago. You have beautiful views from that location as well as a simple walk to a little castle to take...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

this was a highlight to see such a well preserved piece of history. There are two entrances. We took the one without all the tour buses. Lovely views as well.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank chichiSouthCarolina
Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

This stop won’t take long and is interesting. The building is small. I would suggest watching the short into movie before you walk down to see it or you won’t have a clue as to what you are looking at.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Ring of Dingle Drive - Live Trip Report Day 4 (6 Replies)
The beautiful weather continues. Her is the link to yesterday. tripadvisor.ie/ShowTopic-g186591-i88-k770739… This was Ring of Dingle day. We had the car, we had the Rick Steve's guide and we had a map from the B&B. I was a bit worried about finding everything and it turns out I was right to worry. But we saw more than enough for the kids and happily enough for DH and me. After another tasty breakfast and sufficient coffee, we drove down to the SuperValue to get picnic food: bread,...More
August 11, 2014|
Response fromBannerman-7|
We opted not to pay to tour the fort but did decide to pay to see the cottages In my view this was a mistake as cost is only a few €. Did you go into Stonehouse Restaurant for coffee ?
Cork, Ireland
A Staycation - Dingle Peninsula (6 Replies)
Spent two nights on the Dingle Peninsula last month. Had a beautiful time there. We spent two nights in the newly reopened Strand Hotel in Inch with a beautiful double room overlooking inch beach. Day 1: Arrive on the Peninsula and go straight to Dingle via Connors Pass. Arriving into town our first stop was for a tour of the Dingle Brewing Company home to Tom Crean's Irish Larger. This is located in the old creamery. The tour is €7 and includes a free pint of Tom Crean's in the gift...More
July 29, 2014|
Response fromKesh_grammy|
Greetings Tommy, Thank you for posting your staycation on the Dingle peninsula, loved reading about the food!
Halifax, Canada
Dingle Driving Time (6 Replies)
Hello, Is it possible to leave Shannon at 8am, self-drive to Dingle by late morning-midday, and still have time to explore Slea Head, Gallarus Oratory, Kilmalkedar, and maybe even Oceanworld or other town shops by the end of the same day? Gulp...I don't have a good feeling about this! Would you recommend taking the Shannon ferries to cut time? Thanks!
March 10, 2009|
Response fromClauds|
IrishJo, will you be arriving at Shannon from Canada? In that case I would imagine that you'd be pretty tired. Of course you can take the Shannon ferry and this might save some time and you should get to Dingle by midday at the latest. But on the whole I think you're not leaving yourself a lot of time to explore that beautiful part of the country. You can't see and enjoy all those wonderful places in just one afternoon. Well, maybe you can, but you won't really "see" them. Depending on the...More