Gallarus Oratory Tours and Activities
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Gallarus Oratory is Ireland's best preserved early Christian church. The exact year of its construction is not known, but it is believed to be more than a thousand years old. The church is located five miles from Dingle Town on the Dingle Peninsula in southwestern Ireland. It was constructed entirely from dry stone masonry and resembles an overturned boat. This church is one of the highlights of the scenic Slea Head Drive. Along the scenic drive, visitors will also see views of Smerwick Harbor, the Three Sisters and Mount Brandon.
Visitors will be able to see a church that has not been restored because it hasn't needed to be. The stones were carefully fitted together without the use of mortar, and aside from a small sag in the roof, the construction has held up for centuries. You can enter the oratory through a 6.5 foot doorway, and there are two stones with holes that once held a door. The nearby visitor center shows a 15 minute audio-visual presentation about the Gallarus Oratory, and there is a gift shop.
Gallarus Oratory is located 5 miles northwest of Dingle and can be reached using route R559. Admission is free. The oratory is open all year round, but the visitor center is open from 9am to 8pm during the summer months and closed in the winter months.
Address: Gallarus Oratory, Dingle Penninsula, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland, Ireland
5 Tours and Activities to Experience Gallarus Oratory
Travelers that want to explore West Kerry Gaeltacht typically need to rent a car and plan an itinerary, which means that you're worried about driving rather than enjoying the sights. Leave the driving to your guide on this small-group tour that's perfect for seeing the best of West Kerry's bucolic beauty. Highlights include views of the Blasket Islands, a stroll on Coumeenole Beach, and even the chance to hold a baby lamb.
Personal chauffeur guided tour with an accredited and personable tour guide, in a very comfortable Mercedes e class car
A very personable Tour Guide, who lives locally giving a personal chauffeur guided tour with an accredited , in a very comfortable Mercedes E-Class Hybrid car. This all day tour will give you a fully immersive tour of the Slea Head Drive and Dingle Area.
Personal chauffeur guided tour with an accredited and personable tour guide, in a very comfortable Mercedes E-Class Hybrid car
Spare yourself the hassle of navigating the Dingle Peninsula on this handy transport-only door-to-door tour. Visit local craftsmen, from Dingle Crystal to Louis Mulcahy Pottery and the Dingle Distillery; soak up the views at Slea Head Drive and the Conor Pass; and see historic sites like Dunbeg Fort, Gallarus Oratory, and Kilmalkedar Church.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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What's the best way to experience Gallarus Oratory?
The best ways to experience Gallarus Oratory are:
- Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head Half-Day Small-Group Tour
- 4 Hour Slea Head Drive Tour - Personal Chauffeur Guided Tour
- Full Day Slea Head Drive Tour - Personal Chauffeur Guided Tour
- 3 Hour Slea Head Drive Tour - Personal Chauffeur Guided Tour
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