Once described by the National Geographic Traveler as “the most beautiful place on earth”, the Dingle Peninsula is a place of intense allure, with a plethora of green landscapes, rocky hills, long sandy beaches, and staggering cliff edges.
Tucked away on Ireland’s westernmost edge, the drive is very curvy and twisty, so caution is required. It is narrow, winding, precarious, and undoubtedly a little frightening in places. There are many spots where the road is directly beside a cliff and drops off into the ocean. However, the road offers uncovers amazing views over the Atlantic, the nearby Blasket Islands, and the rugged coast covered with luscious green. Slea Head Drive (Slí Cheann Sléibhe) is suitable for motorists, but is also enjoyed by cyclists: it is possible to hire a bike at a number of locations in Dingle.
Just a short ferry ride from Dingle, you step onto the Blasket Islands and into a time long gone. Dingle Town is an artistic gem, rowdy, and colorful. Her shoreline is filled with eclectic shops, and traditional fishermen bring in fresh catch every day. The Irish language rings down winding streets, and in the evening pubs come alive with traditional music.
In addition, along the route, there are countless stops that are both natural and culturally spectacular. Slea Head Beach is absolutely worth pausing to visit while touring Slea Head Drive. Dunbeg Fort, like many structures along Slea Head Drive, remains a mystery likely been looking out over the sea since the Iron Age. The beautiful Dunmore Head is the place The Last Jedi was filmed. Near Dunmore Head, you can spot three beautiful sloping mountains–aka the three sisters–and if you look out to sea, an island in the shape of a giant sleeping on its back. Dunquin Pier, which winds dramatically down the cliff as it reaches toward the sea, is one of the most famous sights along Slea Head Drive–and with good reason. And so on.
Slea Head Drive is one of Ireland’s favourite and most photographed attractions. It’s highly recommended exploring Slea Head Drive early in the morning or in the late afternoon/evening. Weekdays are usually much quieter on the route.
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