Postcards from Dingle on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Steep cliffs, crashing, foaming waves, sandy beaches, misty islands, craggy rocks –  the jewel in the crown of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is without question the dramatic and breathtaking Slea Head Drive on the Dingle Peninsula,in County Kerry,in the south-west of Ireland. The Wild Atlantic Way, where the power and might of the Atlantic Ocean dashes against the west coast of Ireland, stretches some 2,500 kilometres along the Atlantic coast,from my own beloved Donegal in the north-west to the beautiful Kinsale Harbour on the south coast.

Places elevate  the heart, but Dingle makes an imprint on the soul

Places elevate the heart, but Dingle makes an imprint on the soul

These snaps were taken last week on a very joyful trip back to this extraordinarily special place.Gulls are a big feature of the peninsula!

The road snakes perilously along the cliff, even crossing a stream at one point,

Even on the calmest of days, the power of the sea is evident.

The Blasket Islands, uninhabited since the 1950s, lie off the tip of the peninsula

Huge Atlantic rollers wash onto the sandy beach of Coumeenoole Strand,that featured in David Lean’s 1970s film, Ryan’s Daughter.

No trees withstand the harsh Atlantic winds, but there is an abundance of flowers in miniature clinging to the cliffs and in the fields.

 

While the magical scenery of the Slea Head Drive is an unforgettable part of the Dingle Peninsula, there is so much more to see and do in this area, which is centred on the lovely fishing port of Dingle town. Renowned for its Irish musical culture and traditions and good food Dingle is one of the most loved parts of Ireland, a very special place,well worth a visit at any time of year!

 

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16 responses to “Postcards from Dingle on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

  1. What powerful photos showing the contrasts of nature so well..the might of the ocean, the majesty and imposing strength of the cliffs and the defiant tenacity of such beautiful wild flowers..yet another place I long to see.
    Thank you..

  2. I haven’t been to Dingle in years and now I think I need to go back! We spent a lot of time on the Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal and Galway last year and what a wonderful way it is to experience Ireland! Your photos are grand!

  3. Lovely post, Angela. Can feel the Kerry air dancing from it.

  4. Lovely post and pictures… took me back to our honeymoon trip to Ireland and the days spent in Dingle… Thank you!

  5. Great memories there SV. I’ve visited those parts on a number of occasions in the past – it never changes. On one visit I stayed on the edge of Dingle Town and spent time jogging through the empty lanes of the less-visited inland areas. My favourite bar is probably Kruger’s at Dunquin. Was Coomeenoole where they shot the storm scene?

    • Krugers and the lanes are still there although the town seems to have expanded. The storm scene was, I believe, shot at the Bridges of Ross on the Loop Head Peninsula. Some of the beach scenes were also filmed on Inch strand, and as I learned from a local historian last week, the forest scene was shot at Ventry House that you can see as you leave the town towards Slea Head or Balliferriter.

      • Yes, Inch featured in that long opening shot as well as others. Did some nuns own Ventry House? I heard they were scandalised at what went on in their woods 🙂 (Must look up Loop Head).

  6. Like you I live this area Angela! Lots of stories from our visits there too. I do hope we get back there. Love the drama of nature in the area.

  7. OH MY !!!! This is a wondrous post, about a beautiful, mystical, place! If I had the resources to travel, I would come to Dingle! Your writing always accentuates the imagery.

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