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Slea Head
Holiday Travel Guide

Slea Head showing rugged coastline and general coastal views

Part of the Dingle Way walking route, this promontory offers magnificent views of western Ireland’s rocky coastline and rolling green countryside.

Slea Head is a dramatic headland that rises up over the southwestern shores of the Dingle Peninsula and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Encompassed by lush emerald landscapes, it’s a wonderful place to explore on foot and experience the beauty of Ireland’s untamed natural beauty. Use Slea Head as an ideal starting point for scenic drives and bike rides along parts of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Natural paths traverse the headland and are popular year-round with hikers of all ages. Let your thoughts ramble as you gaze across undulating meadows, out over the clear blue Atlantic Ocean and down jagged cliffs. Spot myriad birdlife, including choughs, guillemots, harriers and puffins. During the late summer and autumn you might be lucky enough to spot humpback and fin whales.

Major landmarks of the Dingle Peninsula lie within a 30-minute walk of Slea Head via the Dingle Way. Walk west to Coumeenole Beach, a small bay showing the exposed shipwreck MV Ranga, a Spanish ship that ran aground in 1982. Continue to Dunmore Head, which marks one of Europe’s westernmost points. The edge of this headland offers unbeatable views of the remote Blasket Islands.

Walking east from Slea Head you’ll reach the Fahan Beehive Huts. Peek inside the five stone structures that once served as humble family dwellings and are thought to date back to the 12th century. A little farther east is the well-preserved ruin of Dún Beag Fort, built around the 8th or 9th century. Watch audiovisual displays about the history of the fort and region at the Visitor Centre

Slea Head is about a 30-minute drive west from Dingle on Slea Head Drive. This picturesque coastal road is a section of the Wild Atlantic Way, which skirts Ireland’s western coastline. Rent a bike or car and extend your trip to explore other areas of the Dingle Peninsula. Within easy reach of Slea Head are Barryferriter, Dunquin and Ventry Beach.

Top 10 Hotels Near Slea Head

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
Atlantic Rest Stunning Vistas of the Skelligs
Atlantic Rest Stunning Vistas of the Skelligs
5 out of 5
Glean Fahan, Ventry, Ventry, County Kerry
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Situated in Ventry, this luxury holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Irish Famine Cottages and Dunbeg Fort. Celtic and Prehistoric Museum and Fahan BeeHive ...
Atlantic Rest Stunning Vistas of the 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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Atlantic Rest -panoramic Views Slea Head, Skelligs
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Slea Head Dr, Glean Fahan, Coumeenoole, County Kerry
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Atlantic Rest Stunning Vistas of the Skelligs
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Glean Fahan, Ventry, Ventry, County Kerry
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3 out of 5
Baile an Teampaill, Dún Chaoin An Daingean, Dunquin, Kerry
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Ó Catháin Holiday Home
Ó Catháin Holiday Home
Cill Mhic a Domhnaigh, Slea Head Drive, Ventry, County Kerry
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Garvey's Farmhouse
Garvey's Farmhouse
3 out of 5
Kilvicadownig, Ventry, County 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
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Great Blasket Island Accommodation
Great Blasket Island Accommodation
3 out of 5
Great Blasket Island, Great Blasket, Kerry
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Tamana
3.5 out of 5
Coumaleague, Ventry, Kerry (county)
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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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