Ballydavid, or Baile na nGall (town of the foreigners), sits on the Dingle Peninsula and is part of the Gaeltacht -- the designated Irish-speaking area of Dingle.
The Dingle Gaeltactht
In fact, the Gaeltacht region of Ballydavid, Feohanagh, and Murreagh in County Kerry is renowned for its rich Irish culture and traditions. Every summer, the area hosts hundreds of visitors who come to learn the Irish language and participate in music and dancing. From May through to September, live traditional Irish music can be enjoyed almost every night in pubs throughout the region. Radio na Gaeltachta, a National Irish Language Radio station, is situated just outside Ballydavid, on Bothar na Leinsi.
By day, Ballydavid is a quiet fishing village on the shores of Smerwick Harbour. It is safe to navigate by foot or bicycle. The village offers a view of Mount Brandon to the east and the Three Sisters to the west. Visitors have beaches, hills, and cliffs to occupy their time. Sea angling, fishing, walking, cycling, and camping are popular activities at Ballydavid and on the Dingle Peninsula, in general. There are many prehistoric and early Christian sites worth visiting in the vicinity. The nearest large attraction, about three miles from the village, is the Gallarus Oratory, a unique early medieval church on a sea-cliff, built entirely from free-cut stones. Many visitors to Ireland describe Ballydavid as stunning and remarkable; a place that simply should not be missed.
Nearby Mount Brandon's summit offers a view of the Atlantic Ocean, the Blasket Islands to the west, North Kerry and County Clare to the north, to the east the Slieve Mish Mountains, and to the south the McGillycuddy Reeks, Iveragh Peninsula, and the Skellig Rocks. Mount Brandon is named after St. Brandon the Navigator who set sail for America in 535 A.D. via Greenland and Iceland in a hide-covered ship. Brandon Creek, also on Dingle Peninsula, is believed to be where the ship sailed from. Read more about Mount Brandon.