Foynes (Limerick), Ireland
Dingle Peninsula Scenic Drive
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 7¾ Hours
The Dingle Peninsula drive is one of the most interesting and picturesque routes in Ireland. Atlantic waves crash on the shore of this Irish-speaking enclave in western Ireland. The area served as a location setting for the 1970 Robert Mitchum film Ryan's Daughter and, more recently, Far & Away starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise.
Depart from Foynes and drive via Tarbert and Listowel to Tralee, with a tea or coffee stop en route. At Tralee you will commence your drive along the peninsula -- an area of outstanding scenic beauty. This mountainous arm of land jutting into the Atlantic Ocean has supported various tribes and populations for almost 6,000 years. Because of its remote location and lack of specialized agriculture, there is a remarkable preservation of more than 2,000 monuments. It is impossible to visit the Dingle Peninsula and not be impressed by its archeological heritage. When one combines each site's folklore and mythology passed orally from generation to generation through the Irish language, the pictures emerge as to how complex the history of this peninsula is.
Upon arrival a Dingle, you will continue your drive around spectacular Slea Head -- the most beautiful and rugged part of the peninsula. This drive will loop back into the town of Dingle where you will stop for lunch. In 1984, the Dingle Harbour lighthouse-keeper first noticed a lone wild dolphin escort the town's fishing boats to and from the port. The dolphin is now a permanent resident and self-appointed 'pilot' of the fleet. The Dingle dolphin, named Fungie by the fishermen, is a fully-grown, middle-aged, male bottlenose and he is quite the character.
After lunch, you will have some free time to take photos of the pretty town before re-joining your coach and guide for the return journey via Derrymore and Blennerville to Tralee -- site of the famous annual Rose of Tralee Festival -- and through the towns of Listowel and Tarbert to your waiting ship in Foynes.
Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. Bring a rain jacket or umbrella.