Dunquin, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland, Europe
(Shannon 2.5hrs / Kerry airport 1 hr / Cork 2.5hrs. / Dublin 4.5hrs.)
Cottage, 2 Bedrooms 1 Bath (Sleeps 5)
Baile na Ratha cottage has two bedrooms: one with double bed, one with double and single bed; all rooms with lockers, lamps, robes, dressing table, chairs, mirrors, both bedrooms with timber floors, bathroom with toilet, wash basin and walk in shower with instant hot water, sitting-dining room is an open plan with a big stone working fireplace and a small kitchen off the dining area. There is Oil Fired Central Heating, very cost effective; it’s cosy and comfortable in its own grounds.
The Cottage is surrounded by Hills, Cliffs, vast landscape and the Atlantic Ocean. The Dingle Way is on your doorstep so BRING your walking BOOTS. Dun Chaoin is renowned for its scenery and surviving Gaelic Culture and the Irish language.
The cottage is situated in Dun Chaoin (Dunquin) at the most westerly tip of the Dingle Peninsula and called “The Next Village to the USA”. Dun Chaoin is in a valley that overlooks the Blasket Islands and Inishtooskert or the Sleeping Giant and the cottage is in the middle of this valley in peaceful and tranquil setting with its own grounds, view of the Islands, walking distance to Kruger’s Pub, Dun Chaoin Pottery and Cafe, Slea head house & Cafe, Church, and Coumeenole Beach which had a big part in 'Ryan’s Daughter' film in the early 1970. Slea Head for splendid view out over the ocean and the Blasket Islands or watch the sun set into the ocean.
Dun Chaoin (Dunquin)
Dun Chaoin is steeped in culture and history and surrounded by some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. Beal Ban Beach at Smerwick Harbour and Ventry Beach only a short drive away with unspoilt golden sand stretching for miles and safe for swimming and other sea activities.
The people of Dun Chaoin are proud and friendly determined people protecting their Language (Gaelic) their culture and Religion, you will feel good and proud to be among the families of Dun Chaoin....
The Blasket Islands:
The picturesque, narrow, winding pathway leading to pier with boats leaving every half hour during the summer months for the Blasket which was abandoned by its 22 inhabitants and transferred to mainland Dun Chaoin in 1953. The wonderful Heritage Centre which celebrates the lives of the Blasket Islanders, their culture and literary talents; also a good restaurant in the Centre.
The Great Blasket Island can be accessed by passengers ferry from both Dun Chaoin and Dingle Harbour. Walk the Island or picnic on the white strand: watch out for Puffins, Seals, Choughs and Gannets. The maritime wildlife of the Islands can be further explored by Eco-Tours a 2.5 to 3 hour cruise around the Blasket Islands-boats leave both Dun Chaoin pier and Dingle Marina everyday throughout the summer months.
The majestic and powerful Clogher Beach with its lovely white sand and sheltered cliffs is only 4 minute drive away, the Dingle Peninsula was selected as Ireland Best Costal Town in a Today FM Radio Competition in 2011. Dunquin and the Dingle Peninsula is an angler’s paradise spanning a coast line of over 100kms, ideal area for deep sea and shore angling.
Test your climbing skills and climb Mount Brandon that is 3000 feet high ,the Slea Head Drive meanders through some of the most ruggedly beautiful landscapes in the world is only a short walk away, Sybil Head famous and beautiful 18 hole Golf Links is only 5 minute drive from cottage.
The Conor Pass is the highest pass in Ireland and provides spectacular views of the lakes and Dingle Bay.
The area has the greatest concentration of archaeological sites in Ireland with such treasures as Kilmalkeder Church, Dun An Oir Fort Of Gold, Gallarus Oratory which is shaped like an upturned boat and it is the most perfectly preserved example of Irish architecture, Beehive Huts and many more only a short distance from Baile Na Ratha Cottage. Explore the boreens (narrow roads) of Dunquin and the Dingle Peninsula by bike which can be hired from Foxy Johns Quaint pub, Main Street, Dingle.
Dingle Town (An Daingean)15 minute drive from cottage
Dingle is a brightly painted fishing port, home to musicians, craftsmen, foodies. Partake of a traditional music session in one of the many pubs, or catch one of the folk concerts held in St James Church in the Main Street. Sample the local freshly-caught seafood or look in on the Farm Market on the Friday from 10am to 2pm.
Among the many craftshops of the town find pottery, weaving, jewelry, crystal. Wander around the art galleries displaying both traditional and contemporary paintings. Dingle is full of pubs, fine sea food restaurants, cafes, shops, internet cafe, 2 banks, Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic Church, Medical Centre, Chemist shops, Art Galleries, Supermarkets, Hotels, indoor swimming pool and keep fit, Hairdressers, Hardware stores, Clothes shops etc.…
The Oceanworld Aquarium - enchanting underwater display of native marine and freshwater species, sand tiger sharks, Molly the turtle, piranhas, friendly rays, penguins and much more.
Spend the afternoon exploring the caves of Dingle Harbour by Kayak and say hallo to Fungie the dolphin, The Play at Height Adventure Centre, located just outside town, is Ireland’s highest climbing wall - experience wall climbing, abseiling, zipwire and outdoor freefall.
Visit the twelve Harry Clarke stained -glass windows in the little chapel or take a cruise of the harbour to visit 'Fungie' our much loved Dolphin. Walk along the town and look or walk into the many small quaint shops or do the ring of the town along the seaside and the fantastic Marina and its big fishing boats or take a lesson at the sailing school.
Ballyferriter (Baile an Fheirtearaigh) 7 minute drive from cottage
Ballyferriter is only 7 minute drive with a church, 3 pubs, hotel, supermarket, restaurants, cafes, Heritage Centre and pottery. There is Irish school held there for the 3 months of the Summer for school going children and adults, if you are interested in learning the cupla fochal or improving your 'Gailge' contact Baile an Fheirteuraigh Co OP.
This cottage is owned and operated by my husband and me, Alec and Philomena Úi Chonchúir (O’Connor). Our families have lived in this area for generations; we were born here and our first language was Irish (Gaelic). If you are looking for a truly Irish experience, that is exactly what we offer.
Our six children, who also speak Irish, have fled the nest and are doing for themselves. Two of our sons, Niall and Brian, run the award-winning restaurant, AN CANTEEN, located on Dykegate Lane in Dingle town. Another son, Declan, owns the sheep you see in the pastures around our cottages. All our children help us clean and maintain them (the cottages, not the sheep) and we are lucky to have them as they are exceptionally good at this.
Alec and I live a simple life at the base of Cruach Mhárthain very close to where our cottages are located. We enjoy sharing the incredible beauty of this land with others and hope you will give us the opportunity to be your hosts. You will not regret it!
We know that you have worked hard and saved your money to stay in one of our cottages, and we do our best to ensure that your visit is as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Many of our guests have been coming to us for years.