I lived for 12 years in Dingle but I have only visited the Blasket Islands once ! in 2001 . Even though in a strange the history of the place has influenced my life.. I hated the book 'Peig' with a vengeance in school . (A book about a woman who was reared on the island). Anyway last Saturday it was a glorious day and I got it into my head to take the trip. I checked the Internet for the times and hey presto a boat was leaving the Pier at 11am . Even though it was very hot there was a strong wind and the sea was slightly rough. On the way out we spotted Fungi (of course) and he followed us for a while. On the trip out it was hard to take photos/video as water kept splashing up etc. When we got to the island the sky was looking amazing and I knew it would be a great day for photography. Once we were transferred to the island it was like been in another world. Indeed it felt creepy to see the ruin houses (I probably know relations of the former inhabitants) but the spectacular beach, the sheep grazing on the hillside, seals swimming just off the beach made me feel I was in heaven. We arrived at the island as 12pm and left it at 3.15pm app.. but I felt time had stopped while I was on the island..Before leaving the island I talked to a couple of tourists and they were asking about the history etc... They were amazed at my dislike of the book 'Peig' but you had to to go to an Irish secondary school to understand that :) Everybody was tired on the trip back to Dingle..
It is a long day ..11am to 4.30pm
Bring sandwiches /drinks (sadly the cafeteria is closed on the island)
I was lucky it was a VERY warm day but more often than not even when it is sunny it can be a cold trip..so be prepared
In my humble opinion do not get fixated with the history.. just take delight in the beauty of the place.
Oh yep I nearly forgot Peig herself used to work in Curran's Bar main street in Dingle :)
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:Edited: 29 May 2012, 04:12