Cycle with me in the Dingle Peninsula and you will experience green hills, small farms, and quaint cottages.
Slea Head sits at the most westerly point in Europe with its incredible views of the wild Atlantic and Blasket Islands. It is a powerful place where almost ten thousand years of history is etched on the landscape. This tour is a historical and cultural cycle, taking in one of the FitzGerald’s (the Knights of Kerry) Century Rahinnane Castle as well as quaint Irish speaking villages, Iron Age Ring Forts, a Promontory Fort, local architecture featuring famine cottages, Beehive Huts and many other sites. The best Rhubarb Crumble can be tasted on this cycle!
National Geographic once called the Dingle Peninsula ‘the most beautiful place on earth’. Bring swim wear on this trip as we pass a beautiful beach on the way back.
The Cycle – Starting at Ventry and cycling on back roads to Rahinnane, Ballincota, Village of Kildurrihy (base of Mount Eagle), and Kilvickadownig. On to the main Slea Head route, into the village of Dunquin, over Mam Clasach, left onto the Pilgrim’s route leading to the village of Ballyferriter. We will visit Gallarus Oratory, a stone church built between the 6th and 9th century. We will cycle through coastal areas where ‘Ryan’s Daughter’ was filmed in 1969. These are just small experiences that merely touch on the vast history of the Dingle area which Padraig hopes to share with you. The cycle finishes in Ballyferriter with a wonderful pint of cold beer/stout at Tig an tSaoirsigh, where one is very likely to hear the Irish language spoken with full fluency.