ToursByLocals guide Gerard is a lifelong resident of County Kerry, who after working as both a musical entertainer and trusted member of the Police Force of Ireland (An Garda Siochana), decided to share his knowledge with visitors as a private tour guide. He is now one of our busiest Irish guides, meeting hundreds of guests a year, sharing his passion for the culture, history, folklore and raw beauty of Ireland and taking captivating photographs, including the ones above, along the way
“The Wild Atlantic Way” along the western coast of Ireland beckons visitors from around the world and has long been a crowd favorite among ToursByLocals’ guests. But it is so much more than the famous Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry. Spanning from Galway to Cork, the Wild Atlantic Way offers everything from those crashing waves and rugged coastlines to fields of green one can only imagine in their Irish dreams. If you’ve previously explored the Ring of Kerry and you’ve peered over the Cliffs of Moher, you may wonder: what next? How about a photography day tour, or ideally a multi-day tour, based from the hub of the Wild Atlantic Way in Killarney, County Kerry, on a route to the westernmost point in all of Ireland? A photography tour of the Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head.
The Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head Photography Day Tour has it all. Considering the true majesty of this peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean is not easily appreciated if you are attempting to drive yourself, so let me drive you in safety and true executive luxury. You won’t have to attempt to drive while simultaneously negotiating the winding roads from the "left" side, trying to squeeze by tour buses, avoid the occasional sheep and man the ‘Sat Nav’ or tour guide maps with someone in your group shouting from the backseat to “pull over here!” Instead you’ll simply sit back and enjoy, en route to the art and food hub of County Kerry. You’ll experience the history and folklore the area and its surrounding beauty has to offer, while sharing my absolute favorite (and often secret) photography spots for those perfect pictures to take home.
Through my time as a ToursByLocals Guide (4 years and counting!) I have learned many visitors spend far more time getting to the destination than enjoying the journey itself. With a personal passion for the true beauty, history and folklore of this region and capturing it through photography, I look forward to providing a day tour for the memory books. I have spent decades capturing images through my camera lens in locations throughout Ireland, for no reason other than to memorialize for myself and posterity the immense beauty of the land I call home. On a day tour such as the Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head, you’ll take advantage of those years I’ve taken photographs and be able to take home some of those same snapshots for yourself.
After making your booking through ToursByLocal’s easy to use portal, begin by telling me your interests, such as wildlife or history, and I’ll have a day to remember ready for you upon arrival.
We’ll begin this route from your local accommodations with a first stop in the majestic Killarney National Park to appreciate the natural beauty and wildlife of Kerry’s jewel. Then it’s off to fantastic views of the now uninhabited Great Blasket Islands, the site of the Spanish Armada's fateful route. If history interests you, you can spend some time at the fascinating heritage centre and museum of these islands. You’ll then peer out to the breathtaking, Hollywood favorite location Slea Head, the filming site of the 1970 movie Ryan's Daughter and Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s Far and Away. The opportunities for the very best photographs in both morning & evening light at some of my favorite spots can be a priority or merely a tour bonus. Once you reach the lively art and music town of Dingle, you’ll know why this portion of the Wild Atlantic Way is not to be missed. Being the perfect lunch stop on tour, with time to stroll the quaint streets and do a little local fare shopping or relaxation and sampling of Dingle’s own whiskey, this charming town will delight all ages.
The entire day will be at your pace, no matter if you’d prefer to focus on capturing your own photos or simply sit back and enjoying the view. With plenty of photo opportunities and stops along the way, this won’t be a tour where you are stuck on someone else’s itinerary and timetable. After Dingle town we head over the Conor Pass and onto the bay of Tralee and wetlands. Of course, should a particular location on the Dingle Peninsula peak your interest, we can linger; or should something not be your cup of tea, we’ll move along to another location and change the route accordingly. After all, I recognize this is your hard-earned Irish vacation and I therefore strive to make it a day to remember from start to finish.
Join Gerard for a privately guided and chauffeured Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head Photography Day Tour, focused on capturing those once in a lifetime photos for your wall, your Facebook page or a soon to be cherished trip album. With Gerard, you can simply sit back, relax and enjoy the journey. Whether you choose this season or the next, Ireland won’t disappoint.