Dunquin – part of the Slea Head / Dingle Peninsula Tour

One of the stop offs on our Slea Head / Dingle Peninsula tour is the beautiful Dunquin village on Slea Head, West Kerry.

Dunquin (known locally as Dún Chaoin) is a Gaeltacht (Irish speaking village) at the most westerly tip of the Dingle Peninsula, overlooking the Blasket Islands, and is renowned for being the most westerly settlement in Ireland and Europe.

At Dunquin Pier you can take a boat to The Blasket Islands and see the remains of the village that the Blasket Islanders built and eventually left in 1953. The surrounding sea is home to a rich diversity of bird life, seals and whales.

A museum in Dunquin village tells the story of the Blaskets and the lives of the people who lived there. You can also visit a memorial that stands on the cliffs overlooking the site of the Blasket Sound (the sea between Dunquin and the Blasket Islands) where ships from the Spanish Armada, in 1588, sought shelter and some were wrecked.

Dunquin is part of the Dingle Way, a 179 km circular walking trail which takes in much of the Dingle peninsula.