Blasket Island
Ireland, Dingle

The Blasket Archipelago consists of six islands - Big Blasket, Tearakht, Beginish, Inishnabro, Inishvikillan and Inishtuskert. The islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean west of the island of Ireland, with Tearaht being the westernmost point of the country. The highest point of the archipelago - 292 meters above sea level is located on the island of Big Blasket, it is the largest and it is the only ever inhabited island of the archipelago.
Blaskett Islands are part of the county of Kerry. According to Charles Smith, author of The Ancient and Current State of County Kerry, the Great Blasket was uninhabited until 1710, with the exception of hermit monks and Vikings, for whom the islands were a kind of transshipment base during the campaigns. However, a document was recently discovered describing the inhabitants of the island and dated 1597. In better times, the population of the island did not exceed two hundred people. According to the census of 1840, one hundred and fifty people lived on the island; after the Great Famine, the population was reduced to one hundred people. By 1916, the number of inhabitants reached its peak due to tenants evicted from their possessions on the mainland. At the beginning of the twentieth century, with the development of industry, a constant outflow of youth from the island began, as a result of which the island became completely uninhabited in 1953 and 54, the remaining population of the island was resettled on the Dingle Peninsula, which offers panoramic views of the islands. It is worth mentioning the unique literary heritage left by the inhabitants of the island. At the beginning of the twentieth century, a galaxy of talented writers and poets described the life, original way, traditions and culture of a small closed community.
Today, the Blasket Islands are a popular eco-tourism destination. Every day, a ferry boat departs from the pier of the Dingle Peninsula to deliver visitors to the Great Blasket, and in the afternoon you can take a sea voyage lasting three and a half hours and explore the islands of the archipelago from the deck of a pleasure boat.

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