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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  • I have wanted to stay over on Great Blasket since reading that rooms were available and so headed to Dunquin pier to get the boat skippered by Billy to the island with about 9 other likeminded souls. ...  more »
  • We took the ferry over and enjoyed a nice afternoon walking up and down the hills and took the tour to learn more of the island history and famous inhabitants. Beautiful scenery on the island and look...  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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