The Great Blasket Islands
History of the Blasket Islands
The Blasket Islands are an uninhabited group of islands off the coast of the Dingle Peninsula. The islands were inhabited from 1597 until they were abandoned in 1953. The population ebbed and flowed throughout time with many emigrating for the mainland to seek new opportunities. It is famous for its natural beauty, Irish literature and magical wildlife. It has produced famous writers such as Muiris Ó’ Súilleabháin, Tómas Ó’ Crohan and Peig Sayers.
There is over 1,100 acres of magnificent mountainous terrain. The Great Blasket Island is over 4 miles long. The island is steeped in rich history and is home to amazing wilfelife and fauna. It is an experience not to be missed.
Activities on the Blasket Islands
There is plenty to do on the islands from walking and hiking to bird and whale watching. Take a stroll along the unfenced green roads and walk down to An Trá Bán, (white strand) where you will find a stunning island beach. Go on a day long hike around the back of the island and up to the Cró, the highest peak on the island. Look out for Gannets, Choughs and you might even spot a White Tailed Eagle. Bring your binoculars to the Southern end of the island and watch out for dolphins, whales and the odd basking shark.
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