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“Most Unique Experience of My Life!”

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Great Blasket Island Accommodation
Reviewed 23 July 2014

I'm the kind of traveler who would prefer a comfy, posh hotel 99% of the time. But, this place is not to be missed! It's a step up from "rough camping." Clean rooms. Comfortable beds. No hot water. But, you won't be worried about water when you can take in the breathtaking scenery all around you. The most exquisite sunset I've ever seen. The most interesting donkeys, too. Along with great memories, I can now tell my kids that I have, indeed, been "stranded on an uninhabited island." Trust me, you won't want to leave!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

Spent an amazing night here a few weeks ago. Such a different and unique experience. Billy and Cillian were brilliant hosts and couldn't do enough for us. The hostel is very comfortable and has everything you'd need. This probably isn't for everyone as no hot showers or electricity but the experience is worth it.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank ClareThompson84
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

The Hostel on the Great Blasket Island has its limitations. It’s not for everyone, and if you must have a hot shower and an LCD television to feel at home, don’t come.

But if you’re truly OK with a “rustic” environment, here you will receive an experience like no other place on earth. I’ve visited 32 countries and I’ve never been anywhere more beautiful than the Blasket islands.

Almost by accident I found out that a hostel had recently opened on the island - only a few weeks before, in fact. To my surprise, all of my six friends going on our trip were also interested. I’m not sure anybody realized how wonderful it was going to be.

Killian runs the place, offering drinks and snacks for the island visitors. But he and his partners renovated the big houses overlooking the village. We brought food for dinner and breakfast and came prepared.

Boat trips to the island have been running for years now. Most people come and hike around for 2-3 hours, hear stories about the islanders, perhaps visit the Blasket Center and experience a sort of living museum. But if you stay for the night…

If you stay for the night, you experience something only a handful of campers used to know about - the mouth-watering views and sunsets of high summer in the far north. We were there on June 24, only days after solstice. Then, the sun sets after 10pm and it doesn’t get dark until midnight. Together we gathered on the northeast corner of the island and watched the sun set behind Inishtooskert. It was a long leisurely sunset as the clouds and mist shifted and changed. We filled our cameras and phones with pictures.

Sheep and donkeys meandered by, keeping us company. Oh, and jackrabbits bigger than my dog. We dangled our legs over the cliffs and talked together as night slowly came. Surely one of the most enchanted evenings I’ve ever had anywhere.

The facilities are spare but for me certainly adequate. The homes have concrete floors and bunk beds. It’s sort of like summer camp. A stove for heat, good toilets, but no hot water for showers. Killian can turn on the generator for periods of time if you need electricity. They offered no towels or washcloths, but the beds were *extremely* comfortable and the pillows and comforters were delicious.

We sat in a circle as night came and played songs on our guitars and told jokes and finally went to bed. In the middle of the night I awoke to the birds on Beginish island all in a row about something, then fell back asleep.

Sunrise comes very early in June - 20 hour days, almost - and I got up early and went for a hike. After breakfast my brother Bryan and I went for a walk around the upper trail of the island. We got about 2 miles west, which is about halfway to the end, when he turned around and looked back at where we’d come from.

Suddenly we were treated to a breathtaking misty view of clouds drifting over the top of the blanket, those 40 shades of green that Ireland is famous for, the shimmering sea and the islands splayed all around. Bryan gasped and said, “Wow, that might be the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.”

I’d had a similar moment the day before, just before dinner, looking west as the sun shone through the mist, over the island Inishtooskert (“the sleeping giant”), the sunlight reflecting brilliantly in the water with a billion points of light. My whole being was bathed in brilliance, a sublime and unforgettable moment, one that my camera was utterly incapable of capturing. That memory will remain forever.

There is no other place like this one. The Irish are sentimental about their departed islanders but today there is a new kind of Islander - the pragmatic Millenial, grandsons and granddaughters of the original islanders, who sport iPhones and believe they can taste a little bit of everything. Well you certainly can do that. If you want to bring a tent or park your sleeping bag inside one of the abandoned houses and stay for free, no one will stop you. But if you’d like to be cared for just a little bit better than that, if you’d like to share a kitchen table and chairs with a bed to sleep in and an available shower and cooking gas, and if that’s what makes you feel comfortable, you’ll get that and a whole lot more.

I am so glad they decided to open this hostel up. If others have the same experience I did, this place will be booked months in advance. I wouldn’t dream of not coming back!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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8  Thank Perry M
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

This was a once in a lifetime, amazing experience. The sunset over the Atlantic was quite possibly the most beautiful thing I've ever experienced in my life. Breathtaking. The hostel itself was actually better than I expected. It's not a five star hotel by any stretch, but it's also not roughing it either. Comfortable beds. Running water. Gas cooking. But the main attraction is the scenery. Maybe the most beautiful place on earth...and I've been to Hawaii and Switzerland!

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1  Thank John F
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Staying here is a one-off experience! We stayed in Peig Sayer's house and had the whole island to ourselves from 5pm until late the next morning. Best views ever of the Dingle Peninsula and Atlantic Ocean, lots of great walking paths, beautiful beach, more hares than I've ever seen in my life and the world's coolest rasta donkey. Also gannets, seals, cormorants and occasional orcas, we're told. Generous hosts Billy and Cillian lit a bonfire and caught fish for dinner. Accommodation is clean and good quality but basic - no electricity (great fun but bring a decent torch!) and the hot water wasn't cooperating but it didn't matter. Delighted to have been one of the first people staying here and will definitely be back.

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

First, to be clear. This is a HOSTEL, NOT a hotel. My bed was comfortable and the linens were freshly laundered. I was the very first guest so although the showers were not up and running yet, the toilets and sinks were squeaky clean, and I could see that the showers would be more than adequate. The best part of staying on the island is that you have it all to yourself when the ferries stop running at 5 and don't start again till 10am. I was served hot porridge and coffee in the cafe next store. I breakfasted al fresco with the prettiest view on the planet. Leave your tent at home and treat yourself to the hospitality of Billy and Killian and enjoy island life as you've never expereienced it before. Well worth the trip!!
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Great Blasket Island Accommodation

Address: Great Blasket Island, Dingle, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Dingle Peninsula > Dingle
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Dingle
Price Range: £22 - £31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Simple self catering accommodation on the great Blasket Island, unique island lodgings in one of the most beautiful untouched locations in Ireland, basic amenities provided. Dorms to suit individuals and groups, and private double rooms to suit couples sharing. Fast boat ferry from Dingle to the island combined with accommodation or just for people wanting a day trip to the island. ... more   less 

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