Blasket Islands
Blasket Islands
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A small archipelago off the coast of County Kerry.
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Deirdre_dines
Dublin, Ireland1,008 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
Visited the main island in the delightful august summer sunshine and availed of the free opw tour which was very insightful and educational. Definitely recommend it on a sunny day.

Tips ;

Bring warm clothes even if there’s no rain forecast

The restaurant / coffee shop was closed so bring food and water supplies with you

Island pathways require a good level of fitness and bring hood walking shoes - last part of trip is done in a small boat so again a certain level of fitness is required to get to your destination

Book ahead as places on the various boats that bring you to the island are limited - I used blasketferry.ie and the trip was very efficient and safe
Written August 31, 2021
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John M
Dunshaughlin, Ireland31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Great trip. On the island there was a free guided tour by the OPW. We had Tomas. Probably the most enjoyable and rivetting guide that I have ever had. We will be lost when guys like this go. He had a personal interest and was off the islands.
Written July 13, 2021
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blasketislandferries
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
48 passenger ferry Leaving from Dunquin Pier every hour from approx 10.30am in April, May, June and September. Trips every half hour in July/August from approx 10am. Great to have all these trip times when planning a visit to The Great blasket Island as most other boat operators only offer one trip a day. It takes 20 minutes to reach the island from Dunquin, great if you are a bit nervous about boats as its quick and the crossing is comfortable.
When you reach the island you will see hundreds of grey seals in the surrounding waters and on the sandy white beach. Lots of gannets, storm petrels and arctic terns can be seen over the course of the summer and puffins nest at the back of the island. A few friendly donkeys also live on the island and can be very curious about your lunch! An abundance of hares and rabbits can also be seen nibbling on the lush green grass and wild herds.
There is a hostel available on the island (greatblasketisland dot net) and if you bring your own camping gear, its also possible to camp for a night or two. Bring plenty of food if planning to stay for a night or two. Two guides from The Blasket Centre give a half hour talk at the remains of the little village at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm, which is free and well worth attending. There are many tracks and trails to follow, suitable for all levels of fitness. There is a lovely walk you can do around the first hill at the front of the island, which takes around an hour and a half, where you get fantastic views of the surrounding islands and mainland.
Its worth visiting the Blasket Centre in Dunquin, which is a large museum dedicated to the people, history and culture of The Great Blasket Island before or after your visit to the island. Return ticket from Dunquin Pier to the island is 30 euro for adults and 15 euro for kids up to 14 years of age and children under three years of age travel for free. Blasket Island Ferries are a dog friendly business, once your dog is small or medium size, your beloved pooch is welcome aboard free of charge! More information on the website blasketisland dot com. Be sure to bring a light jacket or coat for the crossing and its a great idea to bring a packed lunch so you can take in the breathtaking views as you enjoy your picnic on the island. A trip not to be missed when on holidays in dingle and West Kerry.
Written April 15, 2017
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resewa
Sydney, Australia25 contributions
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When travelling around the Dingle Peninsula, take the time to catch a ferry from Dunquin to the Great Blasket Island. These islands are now uninhabited, except by sheep, donkeys, hares, seals etc but were lived on until the 1950's by members of a hardy farming / fishing community.

You can get off the ferry and wander among the ruins of stone cottages , through fields or along the beautiful white beach. If you read Tomas O'Crohan's "The Islandman" - a first hand account of life on the islands from 1857 to 1937, the visit will mean even more.

The scenery is spectacular and it is great to be able to wander around so freely , without interruption from the hordes, as this is not on the "tourist bus itinerary". It would be impossible to take a bad photo here!

Return ferry trips cost 30 Euro and you transfer to and from the ferry by inflatable. It is quite safe and easy to do.

Camping is allowed and would be great to do, I think. You have to bring everything you need though, there are NO shops on the island. Disregard the website that tells you there is a cafe - it has been closed for three years.

There is a good Blasket information Centre at Dunquin, with a cafe, toilets etc. It is recommended that you visit it after the trip to the island, but you could do it before. My advice - don't do it instead of taking the trip.

The ferry trip is about 15 minutes long and can be choppy sometimes. Sensible footwear is required.

Be aware that Dunquin is not a town as such. It has a few cafe / craft shops but no ATM's, no place to buy grocery items etc. Stop in Dingle first and get everything you need.

In summer ferries leave every half hour from 9 am - there are two different companies and they go on the hour and half hour alternately. You are free to come back at any time in the day - you are not tied to one return time.

If you want some insight into the Old Ireland and to escape the "plastic Paddy" tourism, a trip to the Blaskets should fit the bill.

There is also a 2 hour eco cruise around this area, but it doesn't land you on the Island.
Written August 7, 2007
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gtmatch
Manchester, UK9 contributions
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Aug 2016 • Family
The midges were an unavoidable inconvenience, likewise the rude and exceedingly unreasonable boat taxi operators from 'blasket ferry and tours' in Dunquin. The island has great potential but I'd advise enjoying the views from the mainland coastal routes.
Written August 23, 2016
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eve1951
London, UK50 contributions
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Aug 2014 • Family
Day-long adventure, and all the more sweet for having been totally unexpected. Bought picnic at farmers' market in the morning, drove along the very scenic coast road from Dingle to Dunquin, and then the unexpected adventure began. DON'T BE PUT OFF BY THE 25 EURO RETURN FERRY PRICE. Hidden down a steep slipway is an inlet from which travellers are collected in rubber dinghies, kitted out with life jackets, and transferred to the actual ferry. After an exciting 20 minute ferry ride, same procedure in reverse to get onto the actual island, and then make of it what you will. It's paradise whatever you choose! White sand bay with turquoise water in which you can see the seals. Lovely footpath all around the island which takes about 90 minutes IF you can manage not to stop, stare, take photos, watch birds, watch seals, lie in the warm grass and doze, have your picnic in splendid isolation with a 180 degree panorama before you.
Written August 16, 2014
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Fáinleog
GUERNSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS6,736 contributions
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I have been fortunate enough to visit Great Blasket on three occasions, and it never fails to delight me.

Boats leave either from Dingle harbour, or there is the shorter 15-minute boat ride from Dunquin Pier. The latter is the journey I chose to make and this year (June 2008) it cost €30 return. There is also the option of the "eco-tour" which allows an hour on Great Blasket before collecting passengers to take the tour around the islands to view a variety of seabirds and hopefully, seals, dolphins, maybe even a basking shark or various species of whale. There is no jetty at Great Blasket, so once near the island, passengers have to transfer to a small inflatable to complete the crossing.

Once on this incredibly beautiful and peaceful island I walked along grassy paths past ruined cottages and enjoyed a solitary stroll on the sandy beach. A walk all the way around the island will take approx 3hrs. Once again I saw seals swimming close by, heard skylarks singing high above me and spotted numerous stonechats and wheatear. There were very few other people on the island that sunny June afternoon, and I probably came across more sheep and startled more brown rabbits than human beings.

Again, it was one of those perfect moments that I have been so lucky to enjoy in Ireland over the years.

Recommendations:
Set aside at least half a day for your visit.
There are no facilities at all on Great Blasket, so do take a supply of water and maybe a picnic to enjoy if the sun is shining.
Do pack a waterproof and wear sensible footwear as the weather can suddenly change, as it did on my visit. One moment there were heavy rainclouds hanging threateningly overhead, then it passed by and rained at Slea Head, and the sun shone over the islands.
If you have the time, before you visit Great Blasket, go to the Blasket Centre at Dunquin to learn about the islands and the last inhabitants who left behind a rich seam of literature about life on the islands. (See my separate review for the Centre).
Written June 27, 2008
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Sineadsheehy
Dingle Peninsula, Ireland155 contributions
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Sep 2017 • Friends
Friday week, four of us went out to the great blasket island for the weekend. We arranged everything through Alice and Billy who run boat trips out to the island and who also have a cafe and accommodation out there. It was amazing! The weather was stunning on Friday, Billy collected us and brought us across. I was surprised at how fast we got there! :-) Cillian, who works with Billy, helped us with our bags by taking the heaviest bags I.e food on the quad! For anyone who hasn't been out on the island, it's very steep! This allowed us to relax and take in the sights as we made our way to the house.... the house was really cute, very basic, a small cottage with a half door to look out onto the beach and surrounding sea. We had a stove, which Cillain lit that evening :-) running water, a gas hob and two toilets. We managed to catch the last tour at 3pm which the OPW run. These are free and are given by locals working in the Blasket Heritage Centre across on the mainland. Our guide Roisin told us about the Islands long history of writers and the life of the islanders. We had brought in crab and lobster which I'd gotten from a local fisherman and we sat out that evening with a BBQ listening to the sea and the seals, magical! The following day the weather was pretty bad so we settled in by the fire and played chess which we found in the house and drank Dingle Gin and ate west Kerry lamb burgers which I'd picked up at the Dingle Farmers Market... Bliss ... we got up the following morning and watched the sunrise down at the beach... Billy collected us at 1pm that Sunday ...we were sad to leave but will 100% be back...steeped in history, the Blaskets is a magical place. It was amazing to just switch off from the world and get back to basics, very peaceful out there. A must! :-)
Written September 17, 2017
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Eddy D W
County Westmeath, Ireland128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Solo
Take the Blasket Island ferry from Dunquin Pier, and your off on sightseeing adventure of natural beauty. The trip starts with a spectacular decent down to that most iconic of piers, Dunquin pier. From here the friendly skipper takes the shortest crossing to the Great Blasket Island, with breath-taking views all the way. The island is unique and has an unspoiled beauty. I could not believe my eyes when I saw the large colony of Grey Seals congregating on the beach, what a sight never seen anything like it. The island has a deserted village and some very scenic walks. Thankfully there’s a small café for some well deserved refreshments, and all served from the counter bar from the film Ryan’s Daughter. I highly recommend a visit to the Great Blasket Island with, Blasket Island ferry.
Written August 16, 2015
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SUVG
Boston, MA128 contributions
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I visited this area as a child and remember standing on the beach looking out at the islands. I grew up in Ireland and while I never had to endure the book Peig, I reas about her life and the life of the islanders. Getting out to the islands was a dream come true.

The weather was perfect. There are two ferry services from Dunquin harbor - one is a forty seat vessel and the other is a smaller boat. We took a rib out to the larger boat, climbed aboard and headed to the island. There are historians on the island who will give a very interesting account of island life and history. My spouse is American, our children are growing up in America but they were still fascinated. We didn't get to explore as much as I would have liked, but we still enjoyed a cup of tea while looking down at the beautiful beach and lower village.

It's a magical spot and well worth a visit. The ferry was great and the gentlemen operating the ferry were wonderful. I feel privileged to have visited the islands.
Written July 22, 2014
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