How to find us
Find us nestling below the Kerry Mountains and on the shore of Dingle Harbour, Heatons Guesthouse and Restaurant is in the heart of the Kingdom of Kerry, located about 700 yards beyond the marina in Dingle town.
The Magic of the Dingle Peninsula. – N86- Tralee-Camp-Annascaul or N72/R563/R561 Killarney-Milltown-Castlemaine-Inch-Annascaul-Lispole-Dingle-Ventry-Dunquin-Ballyferriter-Ballydavid-Dingle-Conair Pass-Cloghane-Brandon-Castlegregory-Camp-Tralee.
The Dingle Peninsula can be accessed from either the N86 route or from Tralee or the N72/R563/R561 route from Killarney.
From Tralee take the N86 route westwards to Camp taking in the Blennerville Windmill and old steam train. Between Camp and Annascaul you will pass through Gleann na Gealt (Glen of the madmen) before reaching the important junction at Annascaul which is also associated with the Antartic Explorer Tom Crean.
Visitors routing from Killarney will initially take the N72 route to Milltown/Castlemaine and then join the R561 TO Inch famous for it’s splendid beach and it’s location for the David Lean 1970 film Ryan’s Daughter. From Annascaul proceed into the port of Dingle which is the principal town of the peninsula. Here the visitor can enjoy boat trips to see Fungi “The Dingle Dolphin” as well as enjoy a vast array of traditional Irish pubs and restaurants in the town. Route R559 will take the visitor westwards into the heart of the Irish Speaking “Gaeltacht” areas. At Ventry there is a crescent shaped beach which is ideal for watersports. Slea Head at the tip of the peninsula offers a memorable panorama of the offshore Blasket Islands as well as the Atlantic Ocean. At nearby Dunquin (Dun Chaoin) The Blasket Centre offers a unique perspective of the history of the much adorned Blasket Islands which are steeped in Irish Literary tradition. Ballyferriter is situated in the heart of the Gealtacht (Irish Speaking Area) and has some spectacular coastal scenery and has the important archaeological sites of Gallarus Oratory and Kilmalkedar churchclose by.
At Dingle the visitor can choose to return to Killarney via Inch or back the N86 to Tralee, however the scenic route back to Tralee can be taken if one proceeds north east of Dingle on the R560 to the Conair Pass, the highest mountain pass in Ireland. On clear days mush of the South- Western Seaboard of Ireland can be seen. Proceeding north to the villages of Brandon and Cloghane the countryside becomes more barren and these stopping points offer the visitor the peace and quiet of the countryside. At Castlegregory are some of the finest beaches in Ireland and the area is very much popular with Windsurfers and other enthusiasts of Watersports. The offshore Maheree Islands to the north of the peninsula are of much interest to the Nature Lover and the Archaeologist. At the quiet mountain side village of Camp join the N86 road back to Tralee.
Airports that service Dingle include Kerry, Cork & Shannon. Irish Rail offer regular scheduled services to Tralee and Killarney from Cork, Dublin and Limerick (via Limerick Junction). Bus Eireann have numerous daily services to Dingle from Tralee.