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The Blasket Islands

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The Gael Saoire The Blasket Islands
The road west from Dingle town hugs the coast again near the beach-side village of Ceann Trá (Ventry) with its Celtic Prehistoric Museum and nearby prehistoric monuments like the promontory fort at Dunbeg. There are also beehive-type cells similar to the cluster at Fahan on the way to Slea Head, the beach at Coumeenole and the Blasket Island Centre at Dunquin. The last of the islanders left the Great Blasket for good in 1953 but today there are regular boat trips to the island from the pier at Dunquin.

Remote, unspoilt and unpolluted, these islands are spectacularly beautiful. They are home to an incredible number of breeding seabirds, the surrounding seas are home to dolphins, porpoises, atlantic seals and even the occasional whale or orca. The seals breed on the islands beaches in September and October. Dolphins are regularly encountered. Inisvickilaun has a herd of Irish red deer, and the project to reintroduce the sea eagle is ongoing. An Tíreacht has the most westerly lighthouse in Europe carved into the one thousand-foot high cliffs, where puffins fill the air. Inis na Bró’s sheer cliffs are alive with the nesting colonies of guillimots, razorbills, kittiwakes and puffins. The outer islands are home to tens of thousands of nesting shearwaters and storm petrels.

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