Visiting Slea Head Drive and the Dingle Peninsula

Olivia Leaves | Slea Head and Dingle Peninsula Ireland

What you need to see in the Dingle Peninsula

The story of this day is quite short. We visited the Dingle Peninsula as part of a three-day trip to Kerry, where we saw all the seasons minus snow. However, the scenery was beautiful, even in the rain, and I wanted to share the photos and route with you. I’d aim for a visit when there is sun, but you can’t really predict that in Ireland anyway.

The day started with a great big piece of French Toast at Deirdre’s Cafe in Dingle. It was fantastic, and made with some kind of brioche type bread. It was big, but I did wish there had been even more of it.

Olivia Leaves | Slea Head and Dingle Peninsula Ireland

After breakfast, which we made sure to have at a decent time to beat the traffic, we started off along Slea Head Drive. Similar to our drive around the Ring of Kerry, we went counter-clockwise along the route and finished back in Dingle.

The route has quite a few historic points you can stop at, like the Celtic Prehistoric Museum, the Famine Cottages, and the Beehive Forts.

Olivia Leaves | Slea Head and Dingle Peninsula Ireland Olivia Leaves | Slea Head and Dingle Peninsula Ireland

Olivia Leaves | Slea Head and Dingle Peninsula Ireland Olivia Leaves | Slea Head and Dingle Peninsula Ireland Olivia Leaves | Slea Head and Dingle Peninsula Ireland

After our loop of Slea Head Drive, we made our way Northeast from Dingle, through Conor Pass, towards Tralee. Conor Pass is something I’d definitely recommend you add to your list. The roads are narrow, they actually block some buses from driving along it, and the views are spectacular (see below). We even stopped at a mini waterfall!

Olivia Leaves | Slea Head and Dingle Peninsula Ireland Olivia Leaves | Slea Head and Dingle Peninsula Ireland Olivia Leaves | Slea Head and Dingle Peninsula Ireland

Of our three days of wild weather in Kerry, this one was the rainy, misty one, which you can see reflected in the photos. It was really unfortunate because if I had to choose, I’d recommend this drive over the Ring of Kerry (I know, bold!).

I’d love to go back again on a bright, sunny day, because we spent a lot of this tour in the car hiding from the elements. There’s still beauty out there though, even when the sky is grey.

Olivia Leaves | Slea Head and Dingle Peninsula Ireland Olivia Leaves | Slea Head and Dingle Peninsula Ireland Olivia Leaves | Slea Head and Dingle Peninsula Ireland

 

Olivia Leaves | Slea Head and Dingle Peninsula Ireland Olivia Leaves | Slea Head and Dingle Peninsula Ireland Olivia Leaves | Slea Head and Dingle Peninsula Ireland

Best Photo Spots in the Dingle Peninsula:

  • Slea Head Viewing point
  • Slea Head Beach
  • Dunquin Harbour
  • Conor Pass
  • Every other spot you see to pull over

 

Looking for more? Here are my top 5 things to do in Dingle.

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