Experience the beauty of West Kerry
Our west Kerry location is in Dun Chaoin (Dunquin) on the Dingle Way
Walking route. We are on the tip of the Dingle Peninsula, in the heart of
the Gaeltacht, overlooking the Blasket islands along the Wild Atlantic
Way. A setting of natural beauty where green hills dotted with wildflowers
and ancient stone beehives curve to dramatic cliffs that meet the sea.
From the dawns over the mountains to the spectacular sunsets in the
western sky, both landscape and seascape are bathed in veils of supple
and ever-changing colour and light. This peninsula with its dramatic
scenery, islands, hills and rich flora and fauna is heaven on a sunny day.
For night time enthusiasts, the International Dark-Sky Association has designated West Kerry as a star gazing reserve, the first in Ireland. For the photography buffs, the Dingle Peninsula has been named the best scenic location in the world by an international professional photographers group.
Mapped out easy local walks are available to guests. These short walks are popular with guests who are taking a break from the car.
The Blasket Island Heritage Centre
Taking time out to visit the centre is to take a step back in time. The visitor can view life as it was on this remote island before it’s evacuation in 1954. Famous for visiting Irish language scholars who came to study the language in its purest form. In the early part of the twentieth century they encouraged the islanders such as Tomás Ó Criomhthain, Muiris Ó Suilleabháin, and the great folklorist Peig Sayers to record and write about their way of life and traditions.
The Dingle peninsula was a cradle of early Christianity in the fifth to eighth century and has over 60 sites.
Dun Chaoin medieval church and graveyard
Located behind the current parish church, a few archeological remains of the 13th to 16th church can be seen. The adjacent graveyard has been the resting place for many into the 20th century including Tomas O Criomhthain.
12th century Romanesque church with a standing ogham stone nearby. This is the beginning of the Saints Road, the traditional approach to Mt. Brandon, and is now part of the Dingle Way Walking route.
Riasc Monastic Settlement
An excavated site of an early Christian settlement featuring an oven kiln,cemetery and pillar with Celtic designs.
An early ecclesiastical site dating from the 5th century, about a mile from Kilmalkedar Church. A simple dry-stone oratory shaped like a upturned boat .
Musaem Chorca Dhuibhne, Ballyferriter
More information about the history and achaeology of the area can be obtained here. The museum has a number of artifacts and is open from 10:00 to 5:00 daily.
Trips To The Island/ Eco Trips
The boats leave Dun Chaoin/Ventry harbour daily during the summer months (weather permitting).