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An Blascaod Mór - the Blasket Islands
The Blasket Islands -Na Blascaodaí, Co. Kerry
Some 6 km beyond the most westerly tip of the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, large humps of sandstone with awesome cliffs rise from the Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by smaller rocks and reefs, these are the Blasket Islands, or Na Blascaodaí.

These islands lie beyond the most westerly tip of the Dingle Peninsula (Leithinis an Daingin) in County Kerry. The largest of the islands, An Blascaod Mór or The Great Blasket, was abandoned in 1953 when the last twenty-two people living on the island were moved to the mainland. The island's population, which once boasted one hundred and seventy-five residents, had steadily declined through emigration.

No other island community of this size has yielded such a literary wealth, producing world renowned writers, such as Peig Sayers, who documented island life in their beloved Irish language and whose work has been translated into many languages.

The Great Blasket remains uninhabited today, but the island is open to visitors. Explore this historic island on foot along its steep grassy paths and hilly tracks. Discover the pre-historic remains and extraordinary bird life as well as the large colony of seals who have made The Great Blasket their home.

Visit the Blasket Islands Centre in Dún Chaoin for an insight into the islands.

Passenger ferries to The Great Blasket Island operate on a seasonal basis from Cé Dhún Chaoin (Dunquin Pier), Dingle Marina and Ventry Pier.

Hidden gem
Family friendly
Free to visit
Contact details
Great Blasket Island, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 4 to 5 hours here.

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