Drive Around Dingle – Slea Head

Sleeping Giant - Blasket

The “Sleeping Giant”

One of the most scenic drives in Europe is the drive around the western tip of the Dingle Peninsula where glimpses of Slea Head and the Blasket Islands provide stunning sea views.

My favorite part of the drive is just past the Great Blasket Center.  Across the water on sees the “Sleeping Giant” – an off-shore island that looks remarkably like a giant stretched out on his back with hands resting across his stomach.

Nearby on the hilly ground  on the land-side of the road are abandoned potato farms, left when the blight hit, never to be reclaimed.  Whether sunny, cloudy or pouring rain, the Slea Head drive offers the traveler or pilgrim a peaceful, scenic look that has been relatively unchanged for centuries.

Slea Head is marked by a life-size white crucifix with Mary and St. John standing by.  It appears incredibly stark in contrast to the gray rock and earth behind it and the blue / white surf below it.  The white statures stand out, identifying Slea Head to the fisherman, and on a clear day- even some islanders can catch a glimpse.

Flickr photo set of Dingle.

About Mindie

Mindie Burgoyne is a travel writer, blogger and tour guide and tour operatior living on Maryland's Eastern Shore - a worthy destination and thin place in its own right. Mindie and husband Dan own Thin Places Mystical Tours and offer tours, itineraries and advice on visiting Ireland's Thin Places.
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8 Responses to Drive Around Dingle – Slea Head

  1. Our drive around the Dingle Peninsula was quite memorable. What a lovely country!

    • Mindie says:

      Love your blog, Dona. Great format and a good model for travels to follow. thanks for checking out this post. Why don’t you come to Ireland with us this trip?

      • Dona says:

        Oh I wish! Daughter in expensive small liberal arts college, son soon to follow. Maybe when the tuitions are all paid off. (I need to go though because I broke, then lost, my Claddagh ring my husband bought me on our honeymoon while visiting the shop where they originated).

  2. hey4ndr3w says:

    Great photos! Check out our set of Dingle on flickr – one of my favorite thin places is the Kilmalkadar ruins – an old Norman church with one of the old Ogham Accord stones in the front of the yard, and a truly ancient sundial (sans gnomon).

    Dinner at Dromoland Castle
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