Towerview B and B is situated an ideal location for all of the Dingle area attractions, as well as within close enough proximity to the Ring of Kerry and Skellig Ring to make day trips to those areas feasible as well.
Slea Head Drive/ “Ring of Dingle”
Slea Head Drive is an amazingly beautiful route that goes around the westernmost coast of the Dingle Peninsula, with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean as well as sea cliffs and islands, beaches and mountains, Irish villages, and ancient archaeological sites such as beehive huts, stone forts, and castle ruins. The route begins in Dingle and passes through the Gaeltacht region, which includes the villages of Ventry, Dunquin, Ballyferriter, Ballydavid, and Feonaght, before returning to Dingle. Along the way you will pass the archaological and historical attractions of the Fahan Group Beehive Huts, the Dunbeg Stone Fort, the ruins of Dún an Óir Fort, and Gallarus Oratory, among a number of other lesser known archaelogical sites. A short detour towards Burnham, off the Slea Head Road, will take you to the base of the hill upon which stands Eask Tower, which can be reached by a hike through some fields (passage requiring a small fee).A short detour in Ventry will also take you by the ruins of Rahinnane Castle, as well, a short detour in Gallarus will take you by the partially restored Smerwick Castle. The Ruins of Kilmakadar Church can also be reached by a short detour off of the main Slea Head Drive route. Cultural attractions include the Celtic and Prehistoric Museum, the Famine Cottage, The Blasket Island Heritage Center, the Ballyferriter Museum/Musaem Chorca Dhuibhne. Spectacular scenery includes the beaches of Ventry, Coumenole, Beal Ban and Murioch, views of the Blasket islands (and the Skellig Islands, if it is a clear day), the Three Sisters, and various mountain, cliff, and ocean views.
(For more information on the history and culture of villages along Slea Head Drive, and the other important historical, archaeological, and scenic sites associated with them, visit http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/towns.html )
“Fungi,” the Dingle Dolphin
“Fungi” is a bottlenose dolphin who has made the Dingle Harbour his home since 1984. He is known to be an interactive dolphin, as he seems to seek out human interaction and often follows the boats in Dingle Harbor as well seeking out the small sailboats to jump alongside and sometimes even interacting with swimmers. Boats to see the dolphin close-up depart Dingle Pier frequently, but it is also quite possible to see him by walking along the path that begins at the Skelig Hotel and travels through the fields aside the beach towards Hussey's Folly, which is the castle-like tower at the mouth of Dingle Harbor, and Slaidin Beach, a tiny sandy beach just south of the tower. Viewed from this path or from Slaidin beach or the point near Hussey’s Folly, Fungi can often be seen following the boats and occasionally putting on a show leaping out of the water and even coming up alongside small sailing boats or swimmers.
Outings and Activities
- Rock Climbing: Dingle is home to Irelands largest indoor rock-climbing wall: Play-at-Heights.
Outside the immediate dingle area, but still nearby:
- Inch Beach: Inch beach is a fabulous 3 mile long sandy beach jutting out into Dingle Bay. It is particularly prized by surfers and walkers, and surf boards and lessons may be secured by simply showing up at the beach during the summer months and choosing from the various surf schools and rental outfits that happen to be set up on the beach that day.
- Ring of Kerry
- Skellig Ring