The Blasket Islnads

Slea Head Cycle Loop

Distance: 57km
Climbing: 488m

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This short loop takes you around one of the most beautiful parts of the country – Slea Head. There are many different attractions to see and too many photo stops.

You ride east from Dingle through Ventry and then begin the short climb to Slea Head.

With fantastic views of the Blasket Islands as you ride through Dunquin, you then ride north through Ballyferriter towards Brandon Creek, before returning to Dingle.

It can be combined with our Tralee to Dingle and Dingle to Tralee rides to create an outstanding two or three-day trip.


Dingle is an attractive small town which is the focal point of life on the peninsula.

From Dingle you can get a ferry to the Great Blasket Island with Dingle Bay Charters. It was home to a small community until 1953 and produced several famous writes in the Irish language.

Ventry Celtic and Prehistoric Museum is a small gem of a museum near Ventry.

Dunbeg Ring Fort is situated on the top of sea cliffs on the way to Slea Head.

Famine House – this 200-year-old-house saw great hardship over the years.

Beehive huts – these dwllings were built around 1000BC and used for thousands of years.

Slea Head is marked by a cross on the roadside – there is little room to pull in here so cyclists are fortunate.

Dunmore Head Ogham Stone has a fantastic location at the top of a small hill.

Coumeenoole Beach can be clearly seen below the coast road.

Dunquin Pier is the star of many a postcard, with an extraordinary winding path leading down to the pier.

The Blasket Centre is a museum dedicated to the culture of the Great Blasket Island.

Gallarus Oratory is an early Christian church built sometime between the 6th and 12th Centuries.

Brandon Creek is reputed to be the spot from where Saint Brendan left for his legendary journey to discover the Garden of Eden.

Slea Head Cycle Loop Useful Info

This route (and particularly the road from Dingle to Ventry) may get busy on sunny weekends in summer but more often you will get lucky.

Bus Eireann runs several buses a day from Dingle to tralee with connections to Killarney.

Useful Links

Bus Eireann

Dingle Bay Charters

Tralee to Dingle

Dingle to Tralee





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