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Reviewed on 27 Aug 2019
Ballyferriter is a small village in the Irish speaking Gaeltacht area of Dingle Peninsula area of west Kerry. The Dingle Peninsula is one of the most popular tourist areas of Kerry, and Ballyferriter allows you to get a real sense for rural life in this stunning part of Ireland. With many of Kerry, and indeed Ireland’s most popular visitor attractions on its doorstep, Ballyferriter is a great base from which to explore areas like Dingle and the Blasket Islands.
Ballyferriter offers many cultural activities for visitors to this Gaeltacht area with the Louis Mulcahy Pottery centre one such experience to be enjoyed. Louis Mulcahy designs and makes some of the finest Irish craft pottery anywhere in Ireland, so be sure to get along and enjoy a tour of the premises and check out some of the wonderful pieces on display in the shop. The Dingle Dream Weavers farm just outside Ballyferriter allows visitors to get a real sense of the influence of knitting and weaving in manufacturing clothes in this part of Ireland over the years. Visitors can help gather and shear the sheep for the fleece making process. You can then watch as the wool is spun into a yarn, with knitting and weaving demonstrations following. These two activities allow you to get a real sense of the master craftsmanship that have been passed down from generation at Ballyferriter. Other crafts activities to consider when visiting Ballyferriter include pottery painting at Faoilean Pottery, Irish language classes at Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne and Ursula Tramski Ceramics.
The area surrounding the village of Ballyferriter is home to several historic Kerry attractions, providing a real insight into the lives of settlers in the area over 1000 years ago (in some cases, even further back than that). The Riasc Monastice Settlement is one of the earliest in Kerry, dating back to the 6th century, with many iconic beehive-shaped huts dominating the landscape. Discover more about the story of this amazing landscape, and find out about the archaeology, history and culture of the Dingle Peninsula at the Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne.
From driving the Dingle Peninsula or exploring the Slea Head Drive, there are so many wonderful sites to explore when visiting Dingle. The Gallarus Oratory just outside Ballyferriter is an ancient stone church founded by early Christian settlers to the area, and a popular attraction for those holidaying in Dingle. The Blasket Islands and Great Blasket is another attraction to add to your itinerary when visiting Dingle and Ballyferriter and is one of 15 discover points along the popular Wild Atlantic Way driving route. The ancient site of Dunbeg Fort in Ventry is another ancient attraction that draws the crowds along the Dingle Peninsula. The beauty of the Dingle Peninsula is that there is something at every turn. From blue flag beaches and historic attractions to the memorable views as you travel through Conor’s Pass and Slea Head, a trip to Ballyferriter and the Dingle Peninsula is one that will stay with you for many years to come. And of course, no trip to Dingle would be complete without taking a ferry from Dingle to see the area’s most famous resident, Fungie the Dolphin.
Accommodation options are plentiful in the Dingle Peninsula, with beach hotels, family friendly hotels and B&B’s spread throughout the peninsula. The area is also home to some of the most famous bars in Kerry, ensuring a good time is had by all as you explore this stunning landscape.