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The area attracts geologists and students from all over Ireland, Europe and North America for both geological teaching and research studies
The geological history of the Dingle Peninsula started 485 million years ago when Ireland was south of the equator. The rocks track our movement northwards through shallow seas, volcanic activity, deep ocean and tropical conditions. They also show evidence of mountain building events, faulting, folding, and fossil remains of life. The landscape we see today is due to the presence of glaciers in the last 2.5 million years. The Dingle Peninsula is special to geologists because its amazing and complex story is accessible along the coast over a relatively short distance. The geology of the area and the work of the Atlantic Ocean have given Kerry its special coastline, loved by local people and visitors alike.
Is 485 milliún bliain ó shin a cuireadh tús le stair geolaíochta Leithinis an Daingin, am ina raibh Éire sa domhain theas. Insíonn na carraigeacha scéal an aistir ó thuaidh a rinneamar trí fharraigí tanaí, bolcán-ghníomhaíocht, doimhneacht an aigéin, agus aimsir thrópaiceach. Léiríonn siad fianaise chomh maith de chruthú sléibhte, éascadh, filleadh, agus iontaisí den saol a bhí ann. Tá an tírdhreach mar a fheiceann muid inniu é de bharr oighearshruthanna ag dul siar 2.5 milliún bliain. Is ceantar speisialta do geolaithe é Leithinis an Daingin de bharr go bhfuil teacht ar iontaisí a scéal casta, thar achar ghearr taobh na farraige. Idir geolaíoch na háite, agus fórsa an Aigéin Atlantach tá cósta ar leith ag Ciarraí, rud a mheallann turasóirí agus daoine áitiúla.
The following list of ten places have been taken from the 'The Roadside Geology of West Kerry Project'. A series of signs that explain and illustrate the geological features seen at ten localities around The Dingle Peninsula were erected in 2012. The information for these signs was provided by Dr Patrick Wyse Jackson (Department of Geology) and the project was co-funded by the Heritage Council and Kerry County Council. The project aim was to increase public awareness and understanding of the significant geological heritage of this part of County Kerry. Some additional information has been taken from the Geological Survey Ireland (GSI) new field guide book - details below.
Volcanoes at Clogher Head
rare sedimentary rock type whose coarsest portion contains cobbles of metamorphic rocks gneiss and schist 1.38 to 3034 billion years old.
low lying tombola and limestone bedrock
paternoster lakes and glacial valley
Glacial corrie once full of ice that fed the Owenmore valley glacier.
DINGLE PENINSULA TOURISM ALLIANCE – PROMOTING THE DINGLE PENINSULA TOGETHER
Do come and stay! We are very happy to help guide you to your idyllic holiday or short break on the Dingle Peninsula. Dingle Peninsula Tourism Alliance, a marketing co-operative owned and managed by its members across the peninsula, have produced this website to provide you, our visitors with the most up to date information you need to plan and enjoy your visit.
If you cannot find the information you need, or have a question you would like answered, please feel free to contact us.
+353 (0)66 915 2448
Comhaontas Turasóireachta Chorca DhuibhneAonad 4, Páirc Gnó na Coille, Daingean Uí Chúis, Contae Chiarraí, Éire