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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 specialized 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.

Throughout the region there are magnificent views in all directions. Incredibly green pastures stretch as far as the eye can see, completely empty save for small herds of sheep or goats. At almost every turn there are spectacular views of mist-covered mountains and wild stretches of uninhabitable coastline where deep fissures have been carved, over the centuries, by the pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean. The tip of the peninsula, west of Dingle town, is a stronghold of the Irish language and many traditions and customs have been preserved here along with the language. This is a delightful one-week walk and along the way you’ll enjoy plenty of good Irish cheer!

Trip Outline
This trip begins and ends at Tralee, where we spend two nights, an excellent starting point for our exploration of the Dingle Peninsula. We walk west and then south to the pretty town of Dingle where we stay for three nights. From here we explore the spectacular promontory at Slea Head, and on our free day we offer a trip to the Great Blasket. For the final stage of the tour we cut back to Cloghane on the northern side of the peninsula for our final two nights. From here we discover the dramatic glacial corries of Mount Brandon and its string of ‘paternoster lakes’. The daily stages take us cross-country, through landscapes that are hilly – and boggy at times. During the week we’ll experience wild mountain scenery along with picturesque coastal villages.

GUIDED
Dates: (7 nights) March 23-30, April 6-13, May 11-18, June 1-8, 22-29, July 13-20, Aug. 24-31, Sept14-21, Oct. 5-12
May – Sept. Rate:  $1,465.00 USD
Oct. – April Rate:  $1,310.00 USD
(Single Supplement: $360.00 USD)

SELF GUIDED
Dates: leave any Saturday for 7 nights, subject to availability
Rate: $975.00 USD
(Single Supplement: $340.00 USD)

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