Great Blasket Island, Dingle
(4.8/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
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. To visit Great Blasket Island on your trip to Dingle, use our Dingle trip generator.
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  • We hiked around the island as far as we could go. the trail is easily identified - but don't short change yourself for time - it takes much more than you anticipate. make sure you have good footwear, ...  more »
  • An island steeped in history and situated close to the mainland. Remains of housing clearly seen . This is an island worth visiting and I believe organised trips are available. 
  • I was told that the people on Great Blasket Island did not suffer during the Great Famine. They fished and lived off of the sea and stayed alive. It does have a few houses but it is still rather remot...  more »