The pier at Dún Chaoin (pronounced Dunquin) has been the focal point of a good chunk of my wanderlust over the past couple of years.
When gawked at from above, the narrow, winding road that leads up to the pier can only be described as a charming little slice of architectural madness.
The quirky road combined with the gorgeous rocky peaks that jut out from the water in front of the pier make for a wonderfully unique scene on County Kerry’s dramatic coastline.
Dún Chaoin Pier from the cliffs above
What’s it all about?
The little parish of Dún Chaoin is finely placed at the most westerly tip of the Dingle Peninsula.
An absolute must for those of you embarking upon the Slea Head Drive, Dún Chaoin is home to the departure point for the Blasket Islands.
Situated at the northern end of a secluded bay surrounded by craggy cliffs, Dún Chaoin Pier is as mesmerising in real life as it is in pictures.
A perfect spot to stop off and just soak up the miles of raw beauty all around you.
If you’re driving, you can park up just before you reach the entrance to the road itself.
Just don’t make the same mistake a tourist did last summer and attempt to drive down, because you’ll get stuck. Really. Really. Stuck.
On a dry day the walk down the steep road to the pier is easily done, but 5 days later and my calves are still burning from the almost vertical climb back up.
Where to catch the best view
You’ll get the best view of Dún Chaoin Pier from the cliff directly above it.
It’s a handy walk over from the car park but keep in mind that the edge is unmarked, unfenced and extremely dangerous.
Don’t get too near and keep a close eye on kids.
Finding Dunquin Pier
A lot of travel guides state that Dún Chaoin Pier is tricky to find but we rambled upon it without any hassle.
Just punch in Dunquin on whatever map app you’re using and you’ll see the signs for the pier as you approach the turn.
Here’s the exact location for those of you using Google Maps.