Every time I go out on our Harbour Tour I learn something new. Each of our knowledgeable guides have their own unique story to tell while you are out on the water, embracing their own quirks, tales and interests.
Today's blog will give a brief overview of some of the interesting topics that were covered on my recent trip to demonstrate the wide range of things there are to learn about our Harbour and Bay in a short one hour trip!
As you depart the dock on on board one of the spacious seated and covered boats the guide will give a brief itinerary of what you can hope to see during the trip. Most of the harbour tours begin with a visit to Fungi, our local celebrity at the mouth of the Harbour. Any burning questions you may have about how old he is, why he chose to reside in Dingle (expect several theories!), his age expectancy or even where he got his unusual name- will be answered at this point.
There are several landmarks that will be pointed out within Dingle Harbour such as Hussey's Folley, the Tourín Bán and Esc Tower which were all build during the Famine times. The boat will then continue out the mouth of the Harbour and cruise along the fantastic cliff scenery of Dingle Bay and you will be able to see immediately why our bay is a geologists dream! The sea and cliff formations created by the wild Atlantic ocean are a spectacular sight and often are forgotten about in a standard itinerary of things to do in Dingle. A vague recollection of my geography leaving certificate course of sea stacks and weathering came to the surface as the guide informatively explained what we were seeing and how they were formed over time. Some particular landmarks to look out for are Fungie's bedroom and the Giants Iron!
If you are interested in birdlife, the guide will point out any birds that you can see in the bay, such as gannets, black guillemots, cormorants, shags and razorbills and a bit about them.
From the boat, if the day is clear enough you can see the Blasket Islands which are approximately a 50 minute boat journey from Dingle.
After you have learned enough about the history of the Great Blaskets island and its previous inhabitants, about the herd of Irish red dear on our former Taoiseach's island and the wildlife that surrounds these stunning Islands (puffins, sharks and whales, oh my!) you will return to the Harbour for the remainder of this historical experience.
Learn about Lord Ventry and his manor house and the botanical gardens that gave rise to many of the flowers you can see in Kerry. And finally, the highlight for many of the passengers on board, learn about the recent Star Wars production that took place on our peninsula as well as the starting point of the tourism industry in Dingle- the filming of Ryans Daughter and Far and Away, and no- it wasn't Fungie that put Dingle on the Map!
As you can see, there is a wealth of things to learn on the Harbour Tour, and that is only a very brief overview!
The Harbour Tour departs everyday weather permitting from our main office at the Yacht Marina in Dingle and costs 10euro per adult, 5euro per child.
I hope to see you out on the water soon!
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