One Way Around the Head

Motorists in Kerry will be directed to drive "clockwise" around Dingle's Slea Head from Friday, for a three-week trial period.

The 47km Slea Head Drive, on Ireland's most westerly peninsula, has experienced long tailbacks and fraught tempers for many years. Gardaí have regularly been called to the scene of confrontation between buses, camper vans, coaches and SUVs trying to edge past each other on the narrow headland.

At just 3m wide, the R559 is too narrow to allow large vehicles to pass and council workers, as well as gardaí, were regularly at the scene. Large coaches of tourists had to reverse for kilometres.

Measures are being put in place to guarantee the correct direction is followed, with signage advising of the clockwise system being erected locally.