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At Dún an Óir (Fort Del Oro) there is a memorial to some 600 Spaniards and Italians who landed here in 1580 to support an Irish rebellion but who were all subsequently massacred by the British. Near Ballyferriter is the ornate Riasc Stone standing close to a recently excavated fifth century monastic settlement. Close by is Gallarus Oratory, constructed in the shape of an upturned boat and reputed to be one of the oldest places of Christian Worship still standing in western Europe. Built from unmortared stone, over 1000 years ago, the oratory still remains dry inside. Nearby are the ruins of Kilmalkedar Church. The Church has a narrow window and it is said in local folklore that if you can pass through this window, then you will pass through the gates of heaven! From here, too, Saint Brendan the Navigator is reputed to have set out on his penitential journey to his cell at the top of Brandon Mountain

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Corca Dhuibhne Museum
The Corca Dhuibhne Regional Museum in the small village of Baile an Fheirtéaraigh (Ballyferiter) displays the rich geology, flora and archaeological heritage of the area. The Museum houses a number of significant artifacts from the area which help illustrate the fascinating story of the Dingle Peninsula.

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The Freshwater Experience, Lispole
The Freshwater Experience begins with a walk into the Celtic past with examples of Ancient Celtic monuments including an Ogham Stone, Wedge Tomb, a Crannóg and a lakeshore dwelling. The wildlife park includes otters, foxes and boars and also a wildfowl reserve with over 20 species. The Freshwater Experience has a working trout farm. Fishing rods are available to hire and visitors can experience the sport and thrills of catching their own dinner.

Contact:
Tel: 066 9151042

Web: http://www.freshwaterexperience.com

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Díseart
Díseart aims to enable people to access, understand and study our native Irish/Celtic culture in terms of language, literature, folklore, history, archaeology, spirituality, values, art, music and law. Díseart provides courses and promotes cultural activities in these fields. Also at Díseart discover the beautifully proportioned chapel which boasts twelve lancet windows depicting scenes from the life of Christ by Harry Clarke, one of Ireland’s most famous stained glass artists. Open Monday – Saturday, June to September, Monday – Friday during the rest of the year. Entrance is free.

Contact:
Tel: 066 9152476

Web: http://www.diseart.ie

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The Blasket Centre – Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir
The Blasket Centre, located in Dún Chaoin, celebrates the story of the Blasket Islanders, the unique literary achievements of the island writers and their native language, culture and traditions. The centre, which looks out on the Great Blasket provides an introduction to the island and houses an integrated Blasket archive of books, tapes, films and photographs.

Contact:
Tel: 066 9156444 Fax: 066 9156446

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Cloghane/Brandon Heritage and Craft Centre
Come and see life as it was in Cloghane/Brandon at the start of the last century. A beautiful exhibition of old photographs can be seen depicting local people working the land and sea, regattas, local World War II plane crashes and much more.

Contact:
Tel: 066 7138137

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Dingle Marine Eco Tours
Dingle Marine Eco Tours offer 2 hour guided sea tours incorporating archaeology, geology, history, birdlife, wildlife and local folklore. The westbound journey takes you past sheer cliffs, Ventry Harbour, Dunbeg Fort and the Blasket Islands. The eastbound trip sails past the lighthouse, beyond the massive bulk of Bull’s Head, past sea stacks and cliffs and onwards to Minard Castle and Beach. Passage on boats should be booked in advance.

Contact:
Tel: 086 2858802

Web: http://www.dinglemarine.com

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The Celtic and Prehistoric Museum, Ventry
Enter the Celtic and Prehistoric Museum through the fossil room. From there you can pass through the major phases of human life over the last five hundred thousand years and walk on floors of 300 million year old sea worms. There is a large nest of seventy million year old dinosaur eggs, a dinosaur embedded in shale, and the only complete wooly mammoth skull in Ireland, with tusks over 10 feet long! The walls are covered with reproductions of the oldest cave paintings in the world and the centre contains a massive collection of Neolithic and Bronze age ceremonial grave goods.

Contact:
Tel: +353(0)66 9159191
www.celticmuseum.com


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Blasket Islands Adventure Trips
Blasket Islands Adventure Trips offer unique 2 – 3 hour trips around the nine main Blasket Islands. Remote, unspoiled and unpolluted, the Blasket Islands are spectacularly beautiful and are home to an incredible number of breeding seabirds. The surrounding seas are havens for dolphins, porpoises, Atlantic seals and even the occasional Whale and Orca. An Tiaracht probably has the most westerly lighthouse in Europe carved into the 1000ft high cliffs. Advance booking is necessary.

Contact:
Tel: 066 9156533/9156422

Web: http://www.blaskettours.com

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Scanlons’ Pet Farm
Peacocks, geese, deer, hens, pigs, rabbits, aviary birds and many more are to be found in Scanlon’s Pet Farm situated in the lap of Mount Brandon. Visitors can observe, walk or follow one of the regular guided tours and while doing so enjoy tremendous views of the surrounding countryside or simply take the time to picnic on the banks of the Feohanagh River.

Contact:
Tel: 066 9155135

Web: http://www.blaskettours.com

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Derrynane House and National Park
Derrynane House is the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell. An eminent lawyer, politician and patriot, O’Connell brought about the emancipation of Catholics in Ireland in 1829. He died in Genoa in 1847, on his way to visit the Pope in Rome. Situated on 120 hectares of parklands on the scenic Kerry coast, the house, now excellently restored, contains a museum with period furnishings and personal relics of O’Connell’s life and career.

Contact:
Tel: 066 9475113 Fax: 066 9475432

Web: http://www.blaskettours.com

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Gallarus Visitor Centre
This historic Christian church dates from c. 8th century. It is the perfect example of the dry stone building style of the time. The oratory is in the shape of an inverted boat and it still retains its weatherproofing after more than 1,000 years.

Facilities:
Facilities include access for disabled, a retail outlet and audio visual presentation.

Contact:
Tel. 066 9155333

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