The small picturesque village of Ventry, is located right in the centre of Ventry Harbour, it lies on a stunning coastal drive called Slea Head. Ventry boasts a beautiful sandy sheltered harbour that stretches out for 5 km. The beach provides a safe swimming area that is also popular with windsurfers and horse-riders. There are endless amounts of local walks that span out from the village including the renowned Dingle Way this something not to be missed.
Situated three miles off the coast of Dunquin Pier in West Kerry lies a group of Islands known as the Blasket Islands. Of these, it is the Great Blasket which is most visited with thousands of tourists making the ferry ride over to explore this beautiful island every year. An Blascaod Mór (the Great Blasket Island) was inhabited up until 1953 and many of the remaining houses, school can still be seen and explored. Many residents of the Blaskets live in Massachusettes and on the Dingle Peninsula.
Dingle – Daingean Uí Chúis
The beauty about staying in Ventry is that it is only a ‘stone’s throw’ from the small town of Dingle. The Irish for Dingle Daingean Uí Chúis and this means “fortress”. Dingle has so much to offer visitors from a wide selection of shops to restaurants and not forgetting the cosy pubs.
Fungie is a wild Bottlenose Dolphin and has been Dingle’s local resident Dolphin since the early 1980’s. Fungie is now a world famous dolphin that has become both a friend to locals and visitors. He is a male Dolphin that lives and plays within Dingle Harbour. You can visit Fungie on many of the licensed boats from Dingle Pier. No holiday in Ventry or Dingle is complete without a visit to its most famous resident Dolphin.
The beaches in Dingle provides visitors with the best learning waves and most of all the safest waters for beginners, and of course the more advanced surfers will certainly have selection of surfing beaches to choose from. There are many surf schools operating in the Dingle should you require lessons.
Perhaps your preferred form of relaxation is out on the water? Well if it is you have selected the perfect holiday! Chartered boat trips operate from the marina in Dingle and they offer all types of day trips from a ferry to the Blasket Island, Eco Tours, Dingle Bay Tour, Yacht Charter, Sea Angling they offer it all. A Trip to the Dingle Peninsula isn’t be completed until you have experienced the breathtaking view from the water to the mainland.
There are several areas in this Kerry Region where Irish, or Gaelic, is still the spoken language. Ventry, Co. Kerry in one of those areas, Irish speaking areas are known as An Ghaeltacht. Whether you are coming to West Kerry to brush up on your Irish language skills or you fancy the idea of escaping from reality, Ventry is ideal.
Dingle boasts ‘possibly the largest climbing wall in Ireland’ and it’s something not to be missed. Play at Heights in Dingle offers Outdoor Freefall, Zipwire, Climbing Wall and Abseiling. It is ultimate in climbing, swinging, soaring, surfing, zipping and free-falling thrills. They are located at Ballinaboola, Dingle, Co. Kerry.
The Dingle Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary (DWSS) rescues orphaned and wounded seal pups and releases them back into the wild when they are ready. The DWSS promotes the conservation and protection of Irish Seals around the area from Shannon to Cork City and further afield if required. The Dingle Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary is on 22 acres of beautiful lakes and wetlands, where you can visit the resident rescued seal pups. There is also a children’s adventure playground which features a wooden castle, bouncy slide and adventure park. There is also a fresh farm cafe where you can enjoy fresh farm produce, nibbles and a warm coffee.