Dingle Skellig

 

The Dingle Skellig 4 star luxury Hotel is perfectly positioned to let you enjoy a wide range of activities on the beautiful Dingle Peninsula in Kerry. Just 20 minutes drive from Dingle is the classic links course at Ceann Sibeal which offers an outstanding challenge for golfers of all abilities, complete with a gorgeous ocean view. And for the more adventurous, why not try Scuba diving? Dingle has diving areas suitable for every level of diver, from try dives in the shallow protected harbors, to diving through kelp gardens on plunging rock formations and the undersea wrecks around the Blasket Islands.

Okay some walking then. Try The Dingle Way and the Pilgrims Route walking trails. The Dingle Way, also known as Chorca Dhuibhne, is 112 miles long. This circular walk begins in Tralee, overlooking Tralee Bay, and then runs southwest across the peninsula before turning inland to Annascaul, and then on to Dingle Town. From Dingle the route continues west around Slea Head to Dunquin, then turns back along the north coast of the peninsula, past Smerwick Harbour the village of Cloghane, to Castlegregory and the Maharees, ultimately ending back in Tralee. Along the way you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Blasket Islands, Mount Brendan, and the coastal beaches of Castlegregory.

 

The Pilgrims Route is substantially shorter at 30 miles and connects many of the Dingle Peninsula’s famous early Christian sites. This beautiful scenic route begins in Dingle, turns south at Ventry, then runs north to Riasc, past Kilmalkedar Church and then on to Cloghane. You will find many other walks in and around the peninsula, including scenic and historic paths. And if you’re interested in history, you find that the Dingle Peninsula is a real treasure trove of archaeological monuments with nearly 2000 sites spanning the Mesolithic period right up to the 1600’s. Lose yourself in the stories of ancient folklore and mythology as you view the many stone circles and passage tombs you’ll find in the vicinity.

 

Or marvel at the ingenious Gallarus oratory, an early Christian Church which is famous for being built without any mortar and yet it never has had a drop of rainwater leak in. Other interesting historical sites include the unique Ogham Stones with their carved writings, and the Beehive huts, ancient monastic dwellings, and the various castles and forts around the area. While you’re welcome to tour these sites yourself, you might find it helpful to book a local guide to help you understand and appreciate the amazing archeological and cultural history of the Dingle Peninsula and its many attractions. You will be sure to find something that you and the whole family will enjoy when you stay at the Dingle Skellig .Blue-Book-Now-5-star-hotels-ireland