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Insider's Guide to Killarney

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  • Location: Killarney, Ireland
  • Duration:  6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
The Dingle Peninsula has the most rugged Atlantic coastline in Kerry and is scattered with forts and pre-historic huts such as the Gallarus Oratory.

Highlights

  • 6.5-hour tour from Killarney to the Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head
  • Tour the beautiful Irish countryside
  • See great views of the rugged Atlantic coastline
  • Stand at Slea Head, the westernmost point in Europe

What You Can Expect

Full Day Tour of The Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head

Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Much of Irish heritage is maintained in this Irish (Gaelic) speaking region including traditional music and art forms. Considered by many to have some of Europe's most spectacular scenery, the peninsula also supports both a rare and unique assortment of flora and fauna.

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, all part of an exploded volcanic area.

In the storms of September 1588 four ships of the Spanish Armada were driven through the Blasket Sound. One, due to great seamanship, got into shelter, followed by a second. But a third came flying through the Sound with its sails in tatters and crashed onto the two other ships, which eventually got to back Spain.

The Great Blasket island, evacuated in the 1950's, produced a number of books in Irish - a best-seller, translated as 20 Years A Growing by Maurice O' Sullivan, and a masterpiece, The Island man by Thomas O'Crohan. In this century some 60 books, mostly in Irish, have been written in the immediate area.

This is also the countryside in which the David Lean film, Ryan's Daughter, was mainly made. The film Far and Away was also made here.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Our tour guy Ray was wonderful. He was informative, friendly, and funny. We loved his stories and jokes. The scenery was beautiful and he let us stop at several places and take pictures. We would highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

Awesome! The driver/guide was informative, friendly and funny. It was a great trip.

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