This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
EU
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the European Union version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions > Lonely Planet Traveller (UK) > May 2018 > Remote sleeps on Ireland’s Blasket Islands

Remote sleeps on Ireland’s Blasket Islands

If you wish to flee the madding crowds this spring, the Blasket Islands in Ireland are just the ticket

Castaway

PHOTOGRAPHS: GEORGE KARBUS

A HALF-DOZEN RUGGED outposts off the tip of the Dingle Peninsula, the Blasket Islands have had no full-time inhabitants since 1953 – except for a few sheep and some shaggy-coated donkeys. Basking sharks join the offshore population from April onwards and boat tours around the islands offer the best chance to spot them, along with seals, puffins, gannets and perhaps the famous Fungie, a bottlenose dolphin who has been a resident mascot of the area since 1984. Most visitors who step onto the islands linger just a few hours, but we recommend forgoing the world and staying a while longer. Among the village ruins on Great Blasket, a handful of cottages offer lodging for anyone willing to do without electricity (from £62). A beautiful sand beach lies just beyond. It’s relatively sheltered from Atlantic waves – though dips in this part of the world are best left to the truly chill-resistant. Steep paths reach the heights of Great Blasket, bringing stirring views of the Irish coast and neighbouring islets, such as jagged Inishnabro (pictured below). After taking in the sunset from Ireland’s most westerly specks of land, guests on Great Blasket can sit down to a campfire dinner then count the stars, away from the trappings of settled life. dingleboattours.com;greatblasketisland.net

READ MORE
Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Lonely Planet Traveller (UK) - May 2018
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - May 2018
€4.49
Or 449 points
6 Month Digital Subscription
Only € 2.16 per issue
SAVE
52%
€12.99
Or 1299 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only € 2.67 per issue
SAVE
41%
€31.99
Or 3199 points
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only € 3.49 per issue
SAVE
22%
€3.49
Or 349 points

View Issues

About Lonely Planet Traveller (UK)

In the May issue… hop from one blissful Greek island to another on a Great Escape to the Northeast Aegean; find what's new out of the workshops, kitchens and performing spaces of Amsterdam's most innovative locals; follow in the footsteps of the pioneering Victorian-era traveller Lady Florence Dixie through the wilds of Chilean Patagonia; discover some of the world's best architecture from the 20th and 21st centuries; and much more

Other Articles in this Issue