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Dingle to Dunquin

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Your journey west continues into some of the wilder and more spectacular reaches of the Dingle Peninsula. Dip your toes in the sheltered waters of Ventry Bay then watch the same sea froth and foam as it slams against Slea Head.
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Distance 23,4 km
6:33 h.
413 m
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177 m
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Six kilometres after leaving Dingle you’ll climb over the saddle between two hills; crossing the saddle is to step through a window into another world as today’s hike suddenly becomes spectacular. From the saddle, gaze across to the pyramid peak of Cruach Mhárthain and the craggy peak of Mount Eagle. Admire the luminous-white crescent moon of Ventry Bay below, while Skellig Michael appears like a volcano erupting on the horizon.

After dipping your toes in Ventry Bay the route continues around a coastline that becomes increasingly rugged. As you climb the lower slopes of Mount Eagle, you’ll wish you had eyes in the back of your head for the view behind is captivating. Walking towards Slea Head and the Blasket Islands feels like reaching the end of the world, which is appropriate for one of Europe’s most westerly points. Here the Atlantic releases its power with gusting winds and crashing waves.

You may wish to add an extra night in Dunquin so you can take the ferry (weather-permitting) out to Great Blasket.

Note de l'auteur

I urge you to visit the Blasket Centre to learn about the wild archipelago in front of you, and about the unique community who lived there until 1953. This heritage centre provides an interesting insight into their lifestyles which lagged centuries behind the mainland.
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Macs Adventure
Mise à jour: 01.09.2022
Difficulté
Très difficile
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Point le plus élevé
177 m
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Consignes de sécurité

A large portion of the Dingle Way is on minor, low-traffic roads. Where there is no pavement, you should walk on the right side facing the oncoming traffic, except where the road bends right when you should cross over to the other side. Stay alert to vehicles around you and be prepared to step into the verge if necessary.

The trail is often rocky and uneven and can be slippery when wet. Wear appropriate footwear and take care with your foot placements, particularly at the end of the day when you may be tired. Walking poles can be useful on some of the steep ascents and descents.

The weather can change quickly. Be sure to pack appropriate clothing in your day-bag.

Conseils et recommandations supplémentaires

Points of Interest

Clocháin (Beehive Huts)

Clocháin (singular Clochán) are dry-stone huts commonly built in a round arrangement which has earned them the nickname ‘beehive huts’. Some are thought to date to 700 BC. Their popularity has surged in recent years after appearing in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Though the scene was set on the Skellig Islands, due to conservation issues much of the filming took place on the Dingle Peninsula around Ballydavid.

Dunbeg Fort

After 14.5 kilometres, you can take a slight detour to the Iron Age fortification of Dunbeg Fort by continuing along the main road. Dunbeg Fort occupies a dramatic setting on an exposed clifftop; it used to be further from the cliffs, however, recent storms have claimed chunks of the fort. As recently as 2014, 2017, and 2018, large sections of the fort have collapsed into the sea meaning you should visit while you still can! Much of the fort lies in ruins, however there is an interesting information centre, several clocháin and a restaurant and café.

Blasket Centre

While the rest of Ireland was rapidly developing, the Blasket islanders continued to live unique lifestyles centred on subsistence fishing and farming. Through a series of interesting exhibits, the Blasket Centre details the community’s struggle for existence, their language and culture, and the incredible literacy contribution they made.

Find out more: https://blasket.ie

Food and Drink

There are several cafés and restaurants throughout today’s walk. Please bear in mind that cafes, pubs and shops may be closed when you visit so it is advised to bring enough snacks and water for the duration of your journey.

There is a shop and a several pubs and cafes overlooking the beach at Ventry, after 8 kilometres.

You can take a slight detour to a pub near Dunbeg Fort. Instead of turning right after 14.5 kilometres, continue straight ahead for another 400 metres.

There are two cafes with great views overlooking Slea Head as you approach Dunquin. Dunquin has a variety of pubs and cafes to eat and drink.

Départ

Dingle Tourist Information Office (3 m)
Coordonnées :
OSI Grid
Q 44320 00985
DD
52.139265, -10.274668
DMS
52°08'21.4"N 10°16'28.8"W
UTM
29U 412766 5777294
w3w 
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Arrivée

The Blasket Centre, Dunquin

Itinéraire

0.00km – Start facing the Dingle Tourist Information Office. TURN RIGHT to walk with the marina and sea on your left. After 1 kilometre, TURN LEFT at the roundabout to cross the bridge over the river. The pavement disappears here so be careful to walk on the right side facing the oncoming traffic.

1.70km – Shortly after passing the graveyard and as the road bends left, BEAR RIGHT.

4.70km –After the road descends into a dip, TURN RIGHT to follow the paved road past some barns. The route now heads up to the visible saddle between two hills. After 400 metres, TURN LEFT onto an unpaved track. You may need to step over a low piece of string after 200 metres to continue along the grassy path bordered by ferns. Make sure you glance behind to get a final view back to Dingle.

6.70km – After pausing to enjoy the view to Ventry Bay and across to Eagle Peak, TURN LEFT at the road. Remain on this road until reaching the ‘Stop’ sign, even ignoring a yellow arrow that points right and appears to match the Dingle Way signs.

8.10km – TURN RIGHT at the ‘Stop’ junction and then cross over the main road to descend onto the beach. TURN RIGHT to walk along the sandy beach. Two streams cut across onto the beach; you can wade across them or head slightly inland to a bridge.

11.3km – 300 metres after crossing the second stream and just as you reach the first houses, TURN RIGHT onto the footpath leaving the beach. TURN LEFT upon reaching the road. After 200 metres, TURN RIGHT at the road. There are several small junctions; the route is well-signposted at each and always heads towards Eagle Peak.

13.20km – TURN LEFT at the paved road and remain on this road for 1.3 kilometres. This is one of the busier roads along the Dingle Way; stay alert and walk on the right side facing the oncoming traffic, except where the road bends to the right when you should cross over to increase visibility.

14.50km – TURN RIGHT onto the paved road heading uphill, near a sign reading ‘Fãn’. As the paved road finishes after 500 metres, BEAR RIGHT onto the unpaved track heading uphill. The path walks directly beside dry stone wall on your left. You’ll want eyes in the back of your head as you walk along here; beautiful views lurk behind you.

18.70km – Just as Slea Head comes into view, TURN LEFT across the stile and follow the path down to the road. TURN RIGHT at the road.

21.70km – Directly opposite a gate on your right, TURN LEFT to follow a grassy track downhill. After 30 metres, TURN RIGHT at the paved road. After 400 metres, shortly after passing the graveyard, TURN LEFT following the ferry sign.

22.50km – Shortly after passing the ferry port, TURN LEFT to follow the paved road towards The Blasket Centre. Please note: check your accommodation provision here as you may be better to continue ahead. Due to limited accommodation in Dunquin, you may have a taxi arranged to take you to accommodation in Dingle or Ballydavid and to bring you back the following morning.

23.40km - Finish beside The Blasket Centre.

Remarque


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Coordonnées

OSI Grid
Q 44320 00985
DD
52.139265, -10.274668
DMS
52°08'21.4"N 10°16'28.8"W
UTM
29U 412766 5777294
w3w 
///dubitatif.épouser.puériculture
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Bring appropriate footwear, preferably walking boots with good grip and ankle support.

Bring a waterproof jacket and trousers, even where the weather forecast makes this appear unnecessary.

Walking poles may be useful on some of the steep ascents and descents.

Food for the duration of the hike two litres of water is recommended.

A powerbank and phone cable may be useful if you are navigating using your phone. Phone batteries are less effective in cold weather.


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Durée
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Dénivelé positif
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Point le plus élevé
177 m

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