Kerry’s northern area, the Dingle Peninsula, stretches out into the Atlantic and along this tour you’ll see amazing coastal and mountain views as well as some fascinating ancient sites.
The tour stops at Inch Beach, which is one of the most admired beaches in Ireland and is located in a rural setting amongst stunning natural scenery. To the south you’ll see the Iveragh Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry. From there you’ll continue along Europe’s most westerly drive until you arrive at Slea Head, and along the way you’ll be treated to some of the Emerald Isle’s most dramatic coastal scenery as the wild North Atlantic meets the rugged cliffs and mountains of Kerry.
You’ll also see the formidable Blasket Islands rising out from the sea before stopping in the town of Dingle itself, a place long associated with traditional Irish culture and music. This is one of the most charming fishing towns in all of Ireland and draws musicians and tourists alike from around the world. Dingle is truly the peninsula’s heart and soul and while your visit here may be short, you’re sure to come away with some amazing photos and memories.
The tour departs from three locations in County Limerick; the Tourist Office on Arthur’s Quay, the Dublin Road beside the University of Limerick campus flagpoles, and the heritage centre in the village of Adare, often considered to be the prettiest village in Ireland.
Our first stop is in the pleasant town of Killarney, before we make our way out to the Dingle Peninsula. Once there, you’ll be able to stretch your legs and take in the sea breeze along Inch Beach, one of the most famous beaches in Ireland and far bigger than its name might suggest. This area is popular with surfers and you can marvel at some fantastic views of the Atlantic coastline or dip your feet into the Atlantic if you’re prepared to embrace the cold water.
Following the stop at Inch Beach, it will be time to continue the tour and we’ll make our way along the coastal route, which happens to be the most westerly drive in all of Europe. As we travel along the twisting Kerry roads, there’ll be several opportunities to stop for exceptional photos and the chance to admire some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in Ireland.
The road ends at Slea Head and here you’ll have a fine vista of the majestic Blasket Islands. Inhabited until the 1950s, your guide will inform you of the harshness of the lives people lived out there and how much of a struggle it was eke out a living.
From Slea Head we drive back down the Dingle Peninsula to the town of Dingle where we stop for refreshments. Depending on traffic, we should have you back in Limerick City by around 19:30 after a day’s adventure in the Kingdom of Kerry.
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