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History, Culture, & Heritage

The Dingle Peninsula is a treasure trove of archaeological and historical interest. People have inhabited this peninsula for thousands of years, from Neolithic Man to Celtic pagans, and the area has an abundance of historical and archaeological sites. A learning centre of Early Christianity, and the mythical home of many legends of Irish folklore. If you are staying in the area or just passing through don't miss this opportunity to discover the beauty and heritage of the Dingle Peninsula by taking a guided Bus tour from an established local tour operator. Bus tours leave from the head of the pier daily but it is advisable to book ahead for larger parties as space may be a factor.

Art Galleries & Workshops

Places of work for artists and crafts people dot our Peninsula. There are galleries for paintings, statues and sculptures, and crafts people with a variety of skills to exhibit. Many are housed in the artists homes or are included in shops and cafés. As with any community, at any one time, our Artists provide us with an alternate view of the area. Contemporary painters capture landscapes and wildlife. Photographers and other visual artists produce great snapshots of our area from a different perspective. Viewing workshops - Some crafts people have viewing areas where you can watch them working and creating. It can give an insight into the age-old trairelandions and manufacturing styles used by potters, weavers and other crafts people. Requests should be made to a member of staff.

If you visit the Dingle Peninsula, you can't travel anywhere through the countryside without noticing all the archaeological remains still very much part of the charm of the area. Would you like to know more about them, how old are the 'beehive' houses, how old is Gallarus, when did people first come to live in this area?

These and many more questions can be answered by making a stop at the Museum in Ballyferriter (Baile an Fheirtéaraigh in the Gaelic/Irish language, which is the spoken language of this area), 8 miles (13km) west of Dingle on the Slea Head route. Here you will also find a good selection of books about the area, as well as many in the Irish language. You can find out more about learning Gaelic by enquiring about the courses run for adult learners by our parent organisation, Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne, or you can just sit and have a relaxing cup of coffee!

Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne

Ballyferriter Village, Dingle, Co. Kerry. - Tel: 066 9156100

We are open 7 days a week, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm June to September, and for a week at Easter. For the rest of the year we open by request.

Beidh fáilte romhat! (A welcome will be waiting for you!)
Telephone: +353 (0)66 9156333 or +353 (0)66 9156100 Fax: +353 (0)66 9156348 E-mail:

For further information about Irish/Gaelic language classes for adult Telephone: +353 (0)66 9156100 and ask for Máire Uí Shithigh or Caitríona Ní Cathail
Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne

Díseart Institute of Education & Celtic Culture

Green Street , Dingle, Co. Kerry - Tel: 0 66 915 2476

Díseart Institute of Education and Celtic Culture was founded in 1996 in the heart of Corca Dhuibhne - the Dingle Peninsula Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) and strives to promote research, courses and cultural activities in all areas of native and Celtic Culture including language, literature, art, laws, folklore, values, spirituality, history, music, archaeology and customs. Díseart is one of the first community initiatives for third-level accreirelanded courses in the Gaeltacht and it is currently the only institution in Ireland offering such a selection of courses to students while at the same time focusing on developing and strengthening the Irish language, the culture and the trairelandions of the Gaeltacht region. Currently Díseart offers a range of third-level courses to visitors and locals alike, including weekend and weekly classes to Certificate and Diploma level. All of the courses welcome students from Ireland and around the world to explore the breathtaking scenery and experience the rich and vibrant trairelandions of this Gaeltacht area of West Kerry, with field trips and visits to the Blasket Islands and Skellig Michil an integral part of the variety of programmes on offer.

Díseart has also established a rich cultural programme providing facilities for the local community and visitors. This has included an artist-in-residence scheme and a number of exhibitions. Díseart's cultural programme is punctuated by the celebration of the four ancient Celtic festivals: Imbolg (Lá le Bride), Bealtaine, Lúnasa and Samhain. These festivals bring together drama, storytelling, concerts, poetry readings, art exhibitions, liturgies, walks and pilgrimages, Traditional crafts and music session.

Sciuird Tours

Archaeological Adventures of the Dingle Peninsula

Holy Ground, Dingle, Co.Kerry, Ireland - Tel: 066-9151606 / 9151937

Sciuird Archaeological Tours are designed to give the visitor to Corca Dhuibhne an insight into the people and places of this region over the past 6000 years. Each bus tour is two and a half hours long, and consists of a short bus journey with some easy walking, visiting 4-5 archaeological sites.Tours depart daily at 10.30am and 2.00pm, and run only with a minimum of 6 people and a limit of 11 people. Booking for the Tours is essential. Pick up service at your accommodation in Dingle available. Turasanna as Gaeilge le fáil.

Moran's Dingle Peninsula Tours

Dingle, Co. Kerry. - Tel: 066 9151155 - 086 275 3333 - 087 275 3333

The Peninsula is widely regarded as having some of the most dramatic and magnificent scenery in Ireland. The combination of the Conor Pass, craggy cliffs and long sandy beaches brought David Lean here to film 'Ryan's Daughter' in 1970. More recently the Tom Cruise film 'Far and away' was made in the Slea Head area. If you are staying in the area or just passing through don't miss this opportunity to discover the beauty and heritage of the Dingle Peninsula by taking a Bus tours with Moran's Slea Head Tours. In anticipation of your visit, we welcome you to the Dingle Peninsula. You will of course remember the song, " A little bit of heaven fell out of the sky one day" well: this is where it fell.

Skellig Michil's - Views of the Ring of Kerry & Skellig Rock - Irelands most famous monastic settlement, Skellig Michil's sharp point juts out of the Atlantic to the South of The Great Blasket Island.

Slea Head Drive - The most beautiful and rugged part of the Dingle Peninsula. Cannot be missed.

Blasket Islands - This group of Islands to the west of Slea Head was inhabited until 1953. Many of Ireland's great Gaelic literary figures were born and raised on the great Blasket Island. Coumineol Strand - This tiny strand lying below the Slea Head Route is an unspoilt, beachy cove, and also the site of four Spanish Armada ships which were wrecked in 1588.

Dunquin Pier - Ferries run from the pier at Dunquin to the nearby Islands.

Graigue - Location of the Tom Cruise film "Far and away" Clogher Strand - Two miles from Ballyferriter village this beach focuses the beauty of the area into one beautiful sandy enclave with unique currents producing spectacular seas.

Gallarus Oratory dates from the 7th or 8th century. Gallarus is a fine example of a Christian cell, using corbelled stone, the cell is as dry inside as the day it was completed.

Beehive Huts At one stage there were over 400 of these drystone, corbelled huts surviving, prompting one antiquarian in the 19th century to refer to the area as the "City of Fahan". These structures occur as single units or can also be found within stone fort complexes. They are generally believed to have been habitation sites, although the trairelandion of such buildings continued up to the early 20th century for storage purposes. Dating the huts is difficult because the skill of corbelling has been used in Newgrange (3100 BC) and as recently as the 1950s. The huts along the Dingle Slea Head Drive may well date to the 12th century when the incoming Normans forced the Irish off the good land and out to the periphery of the peninsula.

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