Slea Head Drive, Dingle Peninsula

We leave Dingle after breakfast and head to the circular Slea Head Drive which is a 47km loop around the peninsula. The guidebooks instruct us to drive it clockwise as parts of it are narrow and single track so we don’t want to meet something coming the other way!

First stop is at a fort with a sheep & goat petting option, most strange. Some of the larger sheep are not happy to wait for you to offer food and stick their noses in without shame. Lambs are cute though.

The scenary and coastal views are spectacular.

Next are the Fahan beehive huts, cone shaped and said to date from 8C to 12C. No mortar is used to build them. Various uses for storage and animals and possibly home to hermit monks.

The road narrows to a single lane literally hugging the coast with rock right that feels like it could fall on our heads. I’m glad we are traveling in the right direction. We stop at various points when there’s room for fantastic views. The Blasket Centre isn’t open until Easter so we’ll have to come back and do this again!

The White cross stop ahead but no room for us

We leave the coast and head inland and manage to pick up bread and milk in a shop in Ballyferriter village before heading to Teach an Aragail campsite, about halfway around the loop.

View from the van

After a late lunch we head to Ballinrannig beach. It’s a pebbly one with great views and at high tide there’s loads of seaweed lying around.

We walk until the beach runs out at the village and then turn around and walk back. The bay is glistening in the late afternoon sunshine.

T calls into Gallarus Castle on the way back whilst I go back and make a cuppa. It’s not open but he takes a few photos of the outside.

An g&t in the late sunshine followed by an evening in with homemade steak and chips accompanied by fizz, wine and football of course and eventually a couple of episodes of Hidden. Loving the Dublin Peninsula.

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