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.
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.
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.
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.
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!