Located roughly 2km beyond the most westerly point of the Dingle Peninsula, the Blasket Islands are comprised of sandstone humps, incredible cliffs and surrounding reefs. Despite being known as the birthplace of great literary icons such as Peig Sayers, emigration heavily impacted the islands, with the largest of the islands, The Great Basket (An Blascaod Mór), saying goodbye to its last natives in 1953.
However, The Great Basket welcomes regular visitors. Passenger ferries operate on a seasonal basis from Dunquin Pier, Dingle Marina and Ventry Pier so why not hop on a boat and find out how the islanders lived back in the day.
Browse the forgotten dwellings, walk along the steep grassy paths and admire the extraordinary birds that fly above. Don't forget to keep an eye out for the large colony of seals who live there.
When back on the mainland, check out the Blasket Island Centre for more insight into island life.