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The Great Blasket Islands – Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Over 1,100 acres of unspoiled largely mountainous terrain, the Great Blasket Island is approximately 4 miles long by 1/2 mile wide. Home to an abundance of wildlife and fauna, the Great Blasket Island is thriving with Irish history and life.

Great Blasket Island

Great Blasket Island by George Karbus

Dunmór Head the most westerly point of Europe, viewed from the Great Blasket Island.

Dunmór Head the most westerly point of Europe, viewed from the Great Blasket Island.

Occupied from pre-history, the island overlooks the location where a number of the Spanish Armada ships were wrecked. The small farming and fishing community exceeded a population of 150 in the early 20th century, but had dwindled to a small number when the island was vacated in 1953. The old village above the Trá Bán (White Strand) is situated on the north-eastern side of the island, facing the mainland and Slea Head.

Great Blasket Island    Great Blasket Island    Great Blasket Island

Boat Tours of the Blasket Islands from the Dingle Marina

Our fast boat eco-ferry “The Peig Sayers” departs  Dingle Marina at 11am daily. The whole day tour is 6 hours long and is the best way to see The Great Blasket Island and Dingle Peninsular.

Great Blasket Island self-catering accommodation

Simple self-catering accommodation is available in five restored houses at the top of the village. They are euqipped with basic amenities, but no more than what is needed to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing getaway.