Great Blasket Island, Dingle Peninsula

#2 of 17 in Historic Sites in Dingle Peninsula
Shrouded in sea mist, the mysterious Great Blasket Island is known for the number of notable authors who wrote in the local dialect. A historical village on the island was once home to many writers, as well as a small fishing community. The residents left in 1953, but the tiny cottages they called home are part of a ghost town near the coast. From a distance, it makes for a haunting image; but don't be afraid to get a little closer on one of the guided tours that depart by boat from Dingle Harbor and Dunquin hamlet. The latter is home to the Blasket Information Center and museum, where you'll learn more about the island. Bring along drinking water, snacks, and a jacket for the day because there are no facilities on the island. Also, a pair of hiking shoes will help preserve your feet as you walk around grassy hills. Plan to see Great Blasket Island and other attractions that appeal to you using our Dingle Peninsula trip maker tool .
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  • take the boat at Dunquin Pier to Blasket Island to discover beautiful places with a very nice crew, take time to walk along beaches and see the rest of ancient houses in stone  more »
  • Read some of the books written by the islanders. And then visit this wonderful window into 19th Century Ireland. The ferry over is great. However, there are stiff walks (maybe 250 yards) down to the s...  more »
  • I stayed in the hostel here for one night that has no electricity but supplies candles and gas if you want to cook. The management was very nice and the room pleasant as well. There were such beautiful views too - I was blessed with a clear day. I just didn't LOVE the island since I was attacked by the bugs there, but I suppose if you get some kind of spray that covers your whole body, it's definitely worth seeing and taking advantage of the free tour. Some people camp there, if that's your thing!
  • Truly beautiful islands, covered by grassy hills and rocks that you only experience in movies. I highly recommend this place for beauty seeking adventures.
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