Ceann Sleibhe (Slea Head) Travel Guide

Ceann Sleibhe (Slea Head)

From the top of the towering cliffs of Ceann Sléibhe (pronounced "kyeown shla-va") at the southwest extremity of the Dingle Peninsula, the view of the Blasket Islands and the Atlantic Ocean is guaranteed to stop you in your tracks. Alas, Slea Head—to use its English name—has become so popular that tour buses, barely able to negotiate the narrow road, are causing traffic jams, particularly in July and August. Coumeenoole, the long, sandy strand below, looks beautiful and sheltered, but swimming here is dangerous. This treacherous stretch of coast has claimed many lives in shipwrecks—most recently in 1982, when a large cargo boat, the Ranga, foundered on the rocks and sank. In 1588 four ships of the Spanish Armada were driven off course through the Blasket Sound; two made it to shelter, and two sank here.


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