Dramatic islands form the backdrops of Dingle’s coastline. On this trip, you will explore Slea Head by sea, land and mountaintop all the while overnighting at a highly rated accommodation, the 3* Dingle Benners Hotel, situated in the charming town centre. Relax into your trip on your first day, by the second day you will be learning photography like a pro and days 3 and 4 will take you on guided adventures through the rugged landscapes of the southern coast. Dingle will hold you captive during a trip you’ll never forget.
From the moment you arrive, Dingle embraces you with wide, open arms and your wonderful accommodation is no different. After spending the day exploring the town with its surrounding outstanding views, you’ll quickly find out why it’s so well loved. Art galleries, craft shops and traditional pubs line the streets. There are plenty of places to eat outdoors in Dingle. On your stroll around the town, you can decide which appeals best, before you pre-book your pick of restaurants for the night.
After relaxing into the day, you will follow your wonderful guide, professional photographer George, through the iconic landscapes and locations around the Dingle Peninsula. You will quickly understand why the region has inspired so many, from artists to film makers to musicians. If you don’t have a professional camera, don’t worry! A camera phone is all you need. The aim of this trip is to teach you the skills of capturing the best photo possible, from lighting to positioning, all the while experiencing your awe-inspiring surroundings. Today’s roaming workshop will enable you to take amazing pictures over the next few days of your trip.
Skipper Mick has years of experience sailing around the waters of Dingle and knows of the best spots for photo ops and close encounters with amazing sea creatures. If you’re lucky, you may see Whales, Seals and Dolphins (not forgetting Fungi) and even Puffins in one day! Departure point is a mere 10-minute drive from your accommodation at Ceann Trá. On your trip you will pass by the Great Blasket Islands including the ‘Sleeping Giant’ (Inis Tuaisceart). The boat will stop on the water long enough to get a few wonderful shots of the Great Blasket Island from the deck of your boat.
After returning to shore, we recommend you make your way back through Dingle and along the teeth-chattering cliff edge of the Conor Pass toward Brandon Pier. Murphy’s Bar on Brandon Pier offers a fantastic atmosphere, harbour views and hearty grub and is highly recommended for a lunchtime stop. You can wander down to the red hued sands of the nearby beach for a stroll or if you’re feeling brave, take a dive off the pier!
In nearby Castlegregory, there are many water sports on offer. From coasteering to diving, make sure you book in advance and pack a wetsuit for the longer adventures. From there you can take the same road back or alternatively, take the slightly longer route toward Inch Beach.
Get your hiking boots on and your water packed. Your wonderful guide will greet you today before ascending Mount Eagle. Known as one of the best coastal hill walks on Ireland’s Atlantic seaboard, your route will follow along a turf-cutter’s road to the rounded summit before descending a tapering ridgeline that extends to the westernmost rocks in Ireland. The elevated situation of this place and its vast panoramas of the Atlantic bays of the region, local headlands, mountains and islands make this quiet simply; as good as it gets! It is a particularly awesome place to take in the breathtaking light of the region, especially after a weather front passes through.