The Dingle peninsula′s famous for its wealth of archaeological sites and Gorman′s is the perfect base from which to visit them.

Archaeologists believe that Mesolithic communities were farming here, with tools made from local rhyolites, from as early as 3670bc. In Ireland the Neolithic custom of building great stone tombs continued into the Bronze Age, and the peninsula holds ten of these, as well as many other grave types and dwellings.

There are extensive Christian ecclesiastical sites, some of which may pre-date the development of monasticism, including Gallarus Oratory, Kilmalkedar and Reask. You can find standing remains of about ten medieval church sites, as well as 15th, 16th and 17th century Anglo-Irish fortified residences or tower houses, and relatively

well-preserved castles at Minard, Gallarus and Rahinane. Two medieval houses are associated with the ecclesiastical complex at Kilmalkedar.

Many of these archaeological sites, such as the clusters of beehive dwellings, the dramatic Iron Age hill forts, and the promontory forts, built thrusting out over the ocean, make fascinating outings for the whole family.

The Irish language name for the peninsula is Corca Dhuibhne. It is derived from the name of the goddess Duibhne (Dovinnias) which appears carved on many standing stones in the ancient Irish Ogham script. There is a beautifully-presented overview of the history and pre-history of the area in Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, a local museum which also has interactive screens which show you how translate modern script into Ogham.


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