THINGS TO DO

Walking/Cycling

This is wonderful walking/cycling country.  You can start at the door of Le Chéile and go for long or short  walks, high or low level walks. This beautiful conturyside with its amazing sea views is best appreciated  on foot or on bike. 

Golf

Ceann Sibéal Golf Links is only a 5 minute drive from cottage

Slea Head Drive

This is one of the most scenic routes in Ireland.  You can cycle or drive this circular route from your doorstep.  This route takes in a large number of attractions of the Dingle Peninsula and the sea views  and particularly those of the Blasket Island and the Skellig Islands  are simply stunning.  You will journey through historic sites, Irish speaking villages and  famous Hollywood sites . 

Visit the Blasket Island Interpretative Centre /Visit the Great Blasket Island by ferry

The Great Blasket  is the largest of the seven Blasket Islands.  This island is renowned for its sheer beauty, its literary heritage and its diverse marine life of seals, whales, dolphins , puffins and colonies of sea birds.  The island ceased to be inhabited in  1953.  The way of life on the island  however was documented by the islanders who dictated  or wrote their stories down. 

So, start the day by going to the Blasket Centre in Dunquin.  This is an Interpretative  Centre that looks out on to the Great Blasket Island.    Here you will become acquainted not only  with the islanders way of life but also their beliefs and traditions. 

Then take the Blasket Island ferry from Dunquin across the beautiful Blasket Sound  and see for yourself the beauty and isolation of the Great Blasket.  On the island you  can walk through the now  deserted village that was once vibrant with life.  You can visit the beach  and watch the seals at play and at rest. The books penned by these  island people were translated into many languages and  have been read by people all over the world.

Fungie, the Dingle Dolphin

Fungie is a  bottlenose dolphin who  took up residence in Dingle Harbour over 30 years ago.  No one know why this Dolphin has remained here.  He can be seen in Dingle Harbour every day as he swims playfully alongside the tourist  boats. Boat trips run from the Harbour all year round and Fungie never fails to wow the visitors who venture out to see him

Dingle Oceanworld Dingle

This is the place to go if you want to get up close and personal with Sharks, Polar Penguins, African Crocodiles Otters, Snakes and much, much  more.  This is a great  activity for both adults and children.

Visit Great Pubs in Ballyferriter/Dingle

There are 3 pubs and one hotel in Ballyferriter village.   They all serve food and all are excellent.

Visit Hollywood sites

Ryan's Daughter

Hollywood first came to Dingle in 1969 to shoot the film Ryan’s Daughter. This film had a star cast of Riobert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, John Mills, Trevor Howard and many more.  1970as directed by David Lean.  John Mills got an Academy Award for his role as best supporting actor  and there were a number of other nominations. It was a huge box office hit in 1970 grossing $31 million.

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Star Wars Return of the Jedi

In  for 2016 Ceann Sibéal  (Sybil Head) became the location to shoot some of Star Wars Return of the Jedi.   Luke Skywalker played by Mark Hamill was frequently  seen in Ballyferriter. Chewbacca visited the Primary school  in Ballyferriter   one day straight from the set of Star Wars. Chewbacca in Ballyferriter Primary Schoool

May the force be with you… Star Wars in Ballyferriter

Visit some of the many Archeological Monuments

There is no other landscape in western Europe that has the density and variety of archeological sites as the Dingle Peninsula. this peninsula has supported tribes for the past 6,000 years. . Over 2,000 monuments have been preserved here.  The Peninsula’s Archeological heritage is very impressive.  Each site has its own mythology and folklore.  The history of the Peninsula is very complex and unique.