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Dunmore Head
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Dunmore Head featuring a beach, rocky coastline and general coastal views

Majestic coastal landscapes, ancient monuments, picturesque sunsets and scenic walks await at the most westerly point of mainland Ireland.

Perched on far western Dingle Peninsula is the striking grass-covered promontory of Dunmore Head. This is the westernmost site of Ireland’s mainland and also one of the westernmost places in Europe. With undulating fields and centuries-old landmarks, Dunmore Head is a great place for hiking, photography and appreciating Ireland’s fresh coastal air.

Set out on foot along the natural trails crossing the headland. Peer down the cliff faces and watch as the waves of the Atlantic Ocean crash against the rocks below. Marvel at the views of secluded bays and sweeping beaches, such as Coumeenole Beach. Gaze back over the Dingle Peninsula to soaring mountains, including the 1,693-foot-tall (516-meter) Mount Eagle.

Look for an Ogham stone, discovered in 1838 and located at the headland’s tallest point. It serves as a reminder of Ireland’s age-old pagan ancestry.

Walk to the brink of the headland to experience a fascinating edge-of-the-world sensation. Spot the Blasket Islands, a group of rugged islands that were inhabited by an Irish-speaking community until 1953. Arrive for sunset when a magical light is cast over the islands and ocean. Boat trips to Great Blasket Island depart from nearby Dunquin Harbour, Dingle Marina and Ventry Harbour.

On sunny days, Dunmore Head is ideal for enjoying a relaxed picnic. Lay down a blanket, sit back and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery. Look for guillemots, puffins and razorbills, among other seabirds.

Dunmore Head is about a 30-minute drive west of Dingle. Rent a car and get here via the southern section of Slea Head Drive, which forms part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Find parking in the village of Coumeenole, which has direct access to the headland. Combine your visit with time at Coumeenole Beach, famous for its exposed shipwreck. This spot was a filming location for the 1970 movie Ryan’s Daughter, starring Robert Mitchum.

Top 10 Hotels Near Dunmore Head

Great Blasket Island Accommodation
Great Blasket Island Accommodation
3 out of 5
Great Blasket Island, Great Blasket, Kerry
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Situated in Great Blasket, this lodge is within 6 miles (10 km) of Slea Head, Blasket Centre and Fahan BeeHive Huts. Irish Famine Cottages and Dunbeg Fort are ...
Great Blasket Island Accommodation
Atlantic Rest -panoramic Views Slea Head, Skelligs
Atlantic Rest -panoramic Views Slea Head, Skelligs
Slea Head Dr, Glean Fahan, Coumeenoole, County Kerry
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Situated in Coumeenoole, this holiday home is within 2 miles (3 km) of Fahan BeeHive Huts, Slea Head and Irish Famine Cottages. Dunbeg Fort and Dunmore Head ...
5/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Week in Coumeenoole
"This is a beautiful house, well appointed, spacious and comfortable. We had a fabulous week here and hope to return before too long."

Reviewed on 31 Aug,2020

Atlantic Rest -panoramic Views Slea Head, Skelligs
An Portán
An Portán
3 out of 5
Baile an Teampaill, Dún Chaoin An Daingean, Dunquin, Kerry
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Situated in Dunquin, this guesthouse is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Blasket Centre and 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Dunmore Head. Slea Head and Chorca Dhuibhne Museum are also ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (27 reviews)
"This area is a walkers paradise. Most guests come here to walk the cliff tops. It’s a beautiful area. Breakfast was great. Full Irish plus other choices. Restaurant on site is for guests staying at this B & B only so not rowdy. Limited hours for front desk both morning and evening. We were happy ..."

Reviewed on 8 Jun,2018

An Portán
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Great Blasket Island Accommodation
Great Blasket Island Accommodation
3 out of 5
Great Blasket Island, Great Blasket, Kerry
Great Blasket Island Accommodation
Atlantic Rest -panoramic Views Slea Head, Skelligs
Atlantic Rest -panoramic Views Slea Head, Skelligs
Slea Head Dr, Glean Fahan, Coumeenoole, County Kerry
Atlantic Rest -panoramic Views Slea Head, Skelligs
An Portán
An Portán
3 out of 5
Baile an Teampaill, Dún Chaoin An Daingean, Dunquin, Kerry
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Breathtaking Scenery of Great Blaskets and Skellig Islands on Wild Atlantic Way
Breathtaking Scenery of Great Blaskets and Skellig Islands on Wild Atlantic Way
Carhoo, Ferritersquarter, Dunquin, County Kerry
Breathtaking Scenery of Great Blaskets and Skellig Islands on Wild Atlantic Way
Atlantic Rest Stunning Vistas of the Skelligs
Atlantic Rest Stunning Vistas of the Skelligs
5 out of 5
Glean Fahan, Ventry, Ventry, County Kerry
Atlantic Rest Stunning Vistas of the Skelligs
Ó Catháin Holiday Home
Ó Catháin Holiday Home
Cill Mhic a Domhnaigh, Slea Head Drive, Ventry, County Kerry
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Tamana
Tamana
3.5 out of 5
Coumaleague, Ventry, Kerry (county)
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Garvey's Farmhouse
Garvey's Farmhouse
3 out of 5
Kilvicadownig, Ventry, County Kerry
Garvey's Farmhouse
Ceann Sibeal Hotel
Ceann Sibeal Hotel
3 out of 5
Ballyferriter, Ballyferriter, County Kerry
The price is SG$186 per night from 2 Jun to 2 Jun
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Ceann Sibeal Hotel
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