Irish Famine Cottages, Dingle

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Experience life on the farm at Irish Famine Cottages, a cottage built using stone and mud in the 19th century. Discover how people ate, how animals were kept, and how inhabitants told time during this somber period. Just behind the cottage, look for a large beehive hut believed to have lasted 800 years. Today the cottages are used for working sheepdog performances, and you can watch these sheep-farmers and their dogs herding livestock. Use our Dingle trip maker website to visit Irish Famine Cottages on your trip to Dingle, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I stopped at these historic buildings on the Slea Head drive with an Australian friend .I found the experience very moving thinking about the families who were deliberately starved to death .Fortunate...  more »
  • This stop was well-worth the time. As you drive the Dingle peninsula, you will see the signs to this stop. After a short walk, you can see the cottages the people lived in during the famine. The scene...  more »
  • While driving the 'Slea Head' drive, We stopped to visit the two authentic famine cottages. The leaflet gave the history of the 2 families occupying these 2 cottages. Look out for the beehive hut at t...  more »
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  • We'll worh the stop. Great history. Make sure to read the information. If you are not up to speed on what happened and why these are hear, it will tug on your heart.
  • Definitely worth a stop. Kids loved feeding the animals on the way up. Whilst basic attraction it gave a good overview of how the famine affected Ireland.
  • Provides a good historical insight into the Irish famine, although plaques have walls of text which are a bit hard on the eyes. I keep returning for the animal farm where horses, ponies, sheep and goats are very patient with strangers petting them.
  • Interesting placce to visit. Also the sheepdogs. Ask for an demonstration!
  • Do not go. Animals there are very poorly taken care of. One horse has a bad leg he can barley stand on he keeps it lifted off the ground. There is a sheep missing a hoof limping and struggling to walk. The horses nose is very chapped. And a lot of the animals have bald patches or fur falling off. These animals need to be taken to a place where they will be cared for. Such a sad thing to see

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Dingle Town represents a relaxed, artistic destination known for having plenty of affordable bed and breakfasts and other specialty accommodations. Many of these cluster right in the town's center, although the town also has a number of hotels, hostels, and other lodging for tourists. Here it's even normal to stumble upon a pub offering accommodation. A more luxurious (and often costly) option for travelers taking in the beauty of this peninsula is to stay in a scenic guesthouse overlooking Dingle Bay, which you can find in or right outside of town.
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