The Slea Head Drive (Slí Cheann Sléibhe), a 29-mile route beginning and ending in the small Irish town of Dingle (population: 1,965), looks like it’s straight out of a car commercial: a narrow, winding road snakes through a patchwork of green pastures, past misty woodlands, and along the base of Mount Brandon, the second-tallest mountain in Ireland. Cinematographers love this little corner of the world—parts of Ryan’s Daughter were filmed at Coumeenoole Strand. On a clear day, you can see South Kerry and the faraway Blasket Islands from some of the loop’s highest vantage points. But even with heavy fog, like we encountered, the beauty of the landscape—and its half a million road-blocking sheep—will leave you speechless. The drive demands at least half a day, as you’ll want to stop at the peninsula’s idyllic fishing villages and many ancient sites, including the Gallarus Oratory.
Slea Head Drive, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland.