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Blasket Islands, Ireland

From series “Abandoned Places of the Earth with Distinct Marks of Civilization”
In Ireland, there is the empty Blasket archipelago, which flourished until the middle of the last century. Today, you can only see dilapidated houses and occasional herds of grazing animals. The history of the archipelago is very interesting. The first mention of it dates back to 5-6 AD. The discoverer of the islands was the world famous seafarer Saint Brendan Klonfertsky, who first set his foot on the picturesque island. Already in the 13th century, the fortress was built on the largest island of the archipelago. After that, settlements gradually appeared.

Blasket Islands, Ireland The locals has long been prizing an island because of the fertile soil that is ideal for agriculture, as well as extensive meadows that are perfect for grazing livestock. Many locals were engaged in fishing. During its heyday, the scenic archipelago resembled a real paradise. It was until the mid-20th century. In 1953, local residents were forced to leave their homes due to the harsh climatic conditions that bore a direct threat to residents' lives.

In 1953, all the locals were completely evacuated and transported to the Dingle Peninsula. Today, the Blasket Islands are uninhabited. In recent years, several old stone mansions were restored there. In summer, local farmers live there. All the rest of the island is empty. When the picturesque archipelago started to attract tourists, it was decided to build several mini-hotels there. They can’t boast with an abundance of facilities and services, but fans of rest in unusual places may spend on the islands a night or two. Next - Stromness Whaling Station


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Blasket Islands - interactive map

Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'AIB ATM' located in 27 km ( check the route on the map).
Fuel station: 'O' Flaherty's Londis & Top Petrol Station' in 18 km
Supermarket: 'SuperValu Dingle - Garvey's' in 19 km
Parking: 'Car park' in 24 km
Apotheek: 'Walsh's Pharmacy' in 19 km
Police station: 'Garda Station' in 34 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Teach Couminole Café' in 6.46 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Farranfore Airport KIR - in 69 km
 »  Bantry Airport BYT - in 87 km
 »  Inishmore Aerodrome Airport IOR - in 126 km
 »  Inishmaan Airport IIA - in 129 km
 »  Cork Airport ORK - in 143 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Blasket Islands

Garveys Farmhouse B&B

Located in 10 km from Blasket Islands
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Rooms: 5
Full Irish breakfasts are served, and evening meals are available at Paudie O'Shea's pub or The Stonehouse Restaurant, both 1 km away. With free … More: photo, rates and booking
Moriartys Farmhouse

Located in 12 km from Blasket Islands
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Rooms: 6
Guests at Moriartys Farmhouse can enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning, consisting of full cooked options, homemade bread, fresh fruit, poached … More: photo, rates and booking
Dun Chaoin Youth Hostel

Located in 13 km from Blasket Islands
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Rooms: 9
The Plough B&B

Located in 14 km from Blasket Islands
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Rooms: 4
The spacious rooms feature panoramic views over the sea and the mountains, along with a TV and tea and coffee making facilities. The en suite … More: photo, rates and booking

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