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“Our drive around the Dingle Peninsula”
Review of Slea Head Drive

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Owner description: Scenic drive from Dingle Town to the Dingle Peninsula and back.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We have never visited Ireland before but heard that the south west parts contained beautiful scenery. Our first port of call was Dingle where we stayed the night in our van which is equipped with sleeping and accommodation facilities. Had a lovely stay over on the outskirts of Dingle, parked right next to the water with stunning views. Headed into town and got a sandwich and a pint in Murphy's Bar which was good value and with friendly service.

The following morning we headed around the peninsula and drove the Slea Head Drive. All we can say is that the experience was fantastic and took in breath taking views across the waters. There was very little traffic on the route and we enjoyed a most fantastic time exploring the amazing landscape.

Hope that our brief thoughts on the place have been of help. It's somewhere we are definitely planning to return to in the near future.

1  Thank Mal S
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

If you visit Dingle then make sure you do Slea Head drive. The coastline is simply beautiful, with jagged rocks, bright blue water, and many places to stop and go exploring. There are also several stop during the drive at other attractions. This was one of the most spots for scenery we experienced.

1  Thank Kathy W
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

The views - especially in the evening when the sun sets over the sea - are spectacular. Stop and breathe the sea air, listen to the lambs bleating, the seagulls squalling, and take the time to sip some tea overlooking the blessed Isles. Learn about the Blaskets, too.

1  Thank Ruhu61
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Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

We never planned to do the drive, however it was recommended by a local from Kilarney. It was by far my favorite place in Ireland! The views are breathtaking. I'm
In love with the West coast of Ireland! So many beautiful places to stop, get out & take pictures. I can still close my eyes and imagine myself there again. When we return, we plan to do this gorgeous drive again!

Don't miss it, you will NOT be disappointed. Ooohhs and Ahhhhs around every turn!

1  Thank Andrea T
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

The neat thing about driving Slea Head Drive is, NOT given ideal weather and safe driving conditions, you CAN actually pull out early and not complete the 30 kilometer journey. It's basically a circular route that starts in Dingle and CAN finish in Dingle. Most folks suggest traveling in a clockwise pattern, at least during the Summer months, in order to avoid the BIG Tour buses, their diesel exhaust, road hog size and subsequent passenger loads. Bear in mind, they carry 55 people + a driver so, when they regurgitate their load(s), its a sea of humanity and lots of chattering noise (with a boy scout-type- leader).
Most tour books claim " a half a day" but,if you want to stop and take pictures (weather permitting), have lunch on the cliffs at a cute little cafe (weather permitting), and stop at all the historic sites (weather permitting), including The Blasket Museum, it should take almost all day. You'll pass through beautiful Ventry and immediately run up on the Dunbeg Fort with it's "Beehive Stone Houses". These are built on very steep cliffs so, take walking shoes (there's no way for the handicapped). Great, dramatic views as steep cliffs follow you on the right while a dramatic drop to the Atlantic peers from your left (remember you're driving on the WRONG side of the road). The 3 ft. high, roadside stone walls give little relief. Once you reach the (halfway?) point, a beautiful stone (or, is it concrete?) Crucifix greets you. Just in enough time to say a few 'Hail Mary's', for your decent down the other side of the mountain. There are plenty of wildlife and old ruins that make great photo op's - making your journey all the more pleasurable. About the time you think it's ending, you'll take another curve and up pop's- The Great Blasket Islands in the distance, and ... The Museum.
Your OPW card is good there (or, you can part with a 17 Euro and buy one). That will allow you admission to see just how these poor people survived living on the ice cold, wind swept Blasket Islands. If you're up to it, you can even take a boat over. Keep in mind, looking offshore at those steep cliffs, lapped-by gentle waves,that in high seas, turn into raging fury- two ships were lost there from the Spanish Armada (Santa Maria de la Rosa & San Juan) sank there in 1588.
As you drive down Slea Head you can choose plenty of historical sites, churches, ruins and 1-2 Pubs which you will welcome like your long lost Uncle Harry - celebrating your arrival at the other side (kidding). The sites you'll see on this adventure give new meaning to the over-used-with-good-reason term "48 shades of Green" and you'll never regret taking this journey. After all, there had to be a reason National Geographic called Sli' Cheann "One of The Top 10 Places To See In Your Life".

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