The Dingle Peninsula is one of the most spectacular regions on Ireland’s West Coast. Moreover, it is steeped in history, mythology and traditional Irish culture. There is no other landscape in Western Europe with the same density and variety of archaeological monuments. This mountainous finger of land, jutting into the Atlantic Ocean, has supported various tribes and populations for at least 6,000 years. Because of its remote location and lack of specialised agriculture, there is a remarkable preservation of over 2,000 monuments. It is impossible to visit the Dingle Peninsula and not be impressed by its archaeological heritage, which ranges from Prehistoric times through the Early Christian period to the Middle Ages.
A typical walk around Inch
From Inch the main road to Dingle can be rejoined at Lougher and thence to Annascaul (Abhainn an Scáil), or the coast road can be followed westward from Inch, via Red Cliff, to reach Annascaul after a journey of 8km (5 miles). The mountains here will tempt many to make a long stay, and for the walker there is a particularly good route via Annascaul Lake over the hills of the Beenoskee group to Stradbally and Castlegregory.
This is the birthplace of Jerome Connor, the famous sculptor and Tom Crean, the Antarctic explorer.
Sammy can arrange guided walks from €150 per day including a packed lunch or maps and advice should you wish to go it alone.
Walking maps and guides are available in Sammy’s shop.