Dun Chaoin Pier (Dunquin): A Little Bit Of Beautiful Madness On Kerry’s Slea Head

One for the next time you're in Kerry

Dun chaoin pier kerry
@ Tourism Ireland photographed by Tom Archer

The pier at Dun Chaoin (often referred to as ‘Dunquin’) on the Dingle Peninsula is easily one of my favourite stops on the Slea Head Drive.

When gawked at from above, the narrow, winding road that leads down towards 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 makes for a wonderfully unique scene on Kerry’s dramatic coastline.

Related Read: Check out 40+ of the best things to do in Kerry in 2019.
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Dun Chaoin Pier

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The little parish of Dun 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, Dun Chaoin is home to the departure point for the Blasket Islands.

Situated at the northern end of a secluded bay surrounded by craggy cliffs, Dun Chaoin Pier is as mesmerising in real life as it is in pictures.

Dun chaoin pier kerry
@ Tourism Ireland photographed by Tom Archer

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.

Related Read: Check out our detailed road trip guide to the Ring of Kerry Drive.

Dún Chaoin Pier from the cliffs above

Here’s a video that I took many years ago now.

It’s taken from the little grassy area that sits directly above the path down to the pier.

Where to catch the best view

You’ll get the best view of Dun 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.

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Photo © The Irish Road Trip
Related Read: Check out our detailed road trip guide to driving the Skellig Ring.

Finding Dun Chaoin / Dunquin Pier

A lot of travel guides state that Dun Chaoin Pier is tricky to find but you should find it without any hassle, with or with a map.

Just punch in ‘Dunquin Harbor’ on whatever map app you’re using and you’ll see the signs for the pier as you approach the turn.

Wrapping it up

Are you planning on visiting Dun Chaoin Pier when you head off on your Wild Atlantic Way road trip?

Or have you seen this quirky little departure point for yourself?

I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below!

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2 COMMENTS

  1. My husband and I and a friend had the greatest week exploring the Dingle peninsula. We were determined to find the Sheep’s Head Highway and drove down a road to the Blasket Visitors center. Along the way we stopped to ask two local road workers where it was and they said “never heard of it”. So then we said Dunquin pier and they said ” oh just down the next road”. When we told them it was a famous place as we walked away one of them said ” you learn something every day”. We laughed about that many times!!

  2. When I was there last October, I saw a gravestone up on the walk from the car park overlooking the Dunquin Pier. It was upside down facing the water. It read Jane Heather Bell 1960-2008. Do you have any information on this?

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