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Blasket Islands
Off the coast of the Dingle Peninsula, a group of abandoned sandstone islands rise out of the Atlantic Ocean. For hundreds of years, the Blasket Islands (Na Blascaodai) were home to an Irish-speaking population; however, in 1953 the Irish government decided that, due to their isolation, the islands were too dangerous for habitation and ordered a mandatory evacuation.

The Basics
During a visit to Great Blasket— the only accessible island— you’ll find the ruined remains of the island’s former towns. An 8-mile (13-kilometer) walking path takes visitors past some of the island’s most spectacular scenery, which includes rugged sea cliffs and white sand beaches, and gives wildlife lovers the chance to spot the shorebirds and seals that now call the island home.

Dolphin- and whale-watching tours leaving from Dingle typically visit Great Blasket Island; although most don’t land on the island, they moor offshore so that passengers can see the abandoned village. Sightseeing tours off Slea Head Drive offer passengers the chance to view the islands from afar as they reach the peak elevation of 328 feet (100 meters).

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Blasket Islands are a must-visit for those interested in nature and Irish history.
  • Visitors are permitted to camp on the island overnight.
  • The ferry does not land on the island so passengers need to transfer to Rigid Inflatable Lifeboats (RIB) once the ferry gets close. The final part of the crossing can be rough.
  • If you’re prone to sea sickness, ensure you have some anti-nausea tablets to hand.

How to Get There
There is a ferry service to Great Blasket from the village of Dunquin. The harbor is around a 25-minute drive from Dingle Town or a 50-minute bus journey using the number 275A. Boats to the Blasket Islands run between March and September and are weather dependent, so call ahead to check that they’ll be running on the day you want to visit.

When to Get There

If you are planning to take a wildlife-watching tour, note that puffins can be seen in the area between April and the end of July-beginning of August. Basking sharks and dolphins are plentiful in the area throughout April and May, and you might see Minke whales from March to September.

Great Blasket Island
Great Blasket Island was known for its great tradition of folklore and storytelling. It was the home of three noted Irish writers: Tomas O Criomhthain, Peig Sayers, and Muiris O Suilleabhain, whose works were all written in Irish. The homes of O Criomhthain and O Suilleabhain are now in ruins but the house in which Sayers once lived has been restored.
Address: Blasket Islands, Ring of Kerry, Ireland
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Blasket Islands Ferry. Dingle Bay, Co Kerry. Guided. 50 minutes.

Take the fast (50 minute) passenger ferry from Dingle Marina to Great Blasket Island – the most westerly point in Europe – is the largest Island of a group of islands located 3 miles off the tip of the Dingle Peninsula 13 kilometres west of Dingle town. As you leave the harbour, keep a look out for Fungie the dolphin at the entrance to Dingle Harbour, then sit back and soak in the scenery as you round Slea Head and approach Great Blasket Island. The island, evacuated in 1953, was home to many famous Irish writers including Peig Sayers. In the past few years a number of the houses have been restored and amenities provided for visitors to the island, giving a unique view into times gone by. Great Blasket Island is ideal for walkers. During your visit you can take in the natural beautify of 1100 acres of unspoilt largely mountainous terrain, relax on the beautiful beach or explore the abandoned village and the fascinating cultural and literary history of the island.
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Full-Day Tour of the Dingle Peninsula, Slea Head, and Inch Beach

Experience the rugged beauty of Ireland’s southeast coastline on a coach tour of the Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head. From Killarney, travel through scenic mountain regions and along Ireland’s rocky beaches. Spot ancient huts and historic buildings such as the Gallarus Oratory, visit Dingle Town, and get a splendid view of Slea Head—the most westerly point in Europe.
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Private Tour: Dingle Peninsula from Killarney

Discover famous landmarks and hidden gems on the Emerald Isle on this private tour of the Dingle Peninsula from Killarney. Explore the Dingle Peninsula with your private guide and take in top attractions including Ferriter's Cove, the Gallarus Oratory and the Blasket Centre. Pass pretty villages and towns such as Annascaul, Castlegregory, Dingle and Dunquin, where life ticks by at an altogether slower pace. Admire fine views over the mighty Slieve Mish Mountains and Mount Brandon — one of Ireland’s highest peaks — and take the famous Connor Pass back to Killarney.
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Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Dingle

Experience the thrill of observing whales and dolphins on this 4-hour cruise around Dingle Bay. Marvel over the startling coastal scenery as you drive along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, then hop aboard for a memorable cruise around the bay. Glide past Slea Head, the westernmost point of Europe, then cruise out to the Blasket Islands and look out for humpbacks whales, dolphins, seals, basking sharks and puffins.
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Dingle Peninsula Private Tour from Kenmare with wifi on board

Explore Ireland’s southwest coastal landscapes and  customize your itinerary to your own preferences on this private Dingle Peninsula tour from Kenmare. Follow your private guide along Slea Head Drive walking routes and marvel at the mighty Slieve Mish Mountains. Take the beautiful Connor Pass from Dingle to Castlegregory and enjoy panoramic views over the Blasket Islands. Take in top sites of interest such as Ferriter's Cove and Gallarus Oratory, and discover hidden villages including Castlegregory, Dunquin and Annascaul, where time ticks by at an altogether slower pace.
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Dingle and Slea Head Drive Private Tour from Cork

Experience the local charm and spectacular coastal beauty of the Dingle Peninsula on a private, full-day adventure from Cork. Travel to Ireland’s southwestern coast through landscape of craggy mountains, coastal inlets, sandy beaches and rugged sea cliffs. Along the way, visit popular tourist towns like Killarney and Dingle, and travel along the picturesque Slea Head Drive — an elevated roadway framed by the Atlantic and some of the country’s highest mountains.
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Dingle and Slea Head Drive Private Tour from Killarney

Explore the Dingle Peninsula with a private guide, and discover wild coastlines, film locations, and, if you’re lucky, Dingle’s resident dolphin. A fun-packed day out for a private group of up to nine people, the full-day tour includes visits to Inch Beach and Dingle, plus scenic drives along Slea Head Drive and past the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range. Lunch and drinks are at your own expense. 
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