The Dunbeg Fort was the first place we stopped on the Slea Head route. The Fort overlooks Dingle Bay and is located on a rock promontory that has eroded substantially over the years. The view alone is well worth the admission price to the Fort. The Fort structure is dry stacked rock and only a small portion of the original Fort still exists, portions of it were lost to erosion. The date of the Fort is contested with some dating the structure from the Iron Age, 500 BC, or 800 AD.
|View at Dunbeg|
The Dunbeg site also includes a small visitors centre. The Centre features an audio-visual presentation room where there is a ten minute video describing the history of the area, the archeological studies that have been done at Dunbeg, and the type of building material used in the Fort.
A short distance away from the Dunbeg Fort there are a grouping of clocháns, also known as beehive huts. There is little signage around the huts but visitors are given a brief information handout when they arrive that dates the site around 1000 AD. The rounded roofs of the huts reminded me of igloo construction, particular when viewed from inside. The few clocháns on the site are all relatively small in height and size but were neat to explore. The site is located on the side of a hill and the view provides a different vantage point of the area.
The Slea Head drive was a great mixture of country side, rugged coast line, and heritage sites. You could easily spend an entire afternoon or day enjoying the sites along the route and in my mind the drive was fare more enjoyable than the more well known Ring of Kerry.