Kerry’s Wild Atlantic Way
Radharc na Blascaodaí (Blaskets View) – Writing in the Sand
The Blasket Islands off the coast of mountainous Kerry lie at the very edge of Europe – you can’t go any further west! Rich in both history and folklore, the now deserted village was home to legendary Irish storytellers like Peig Sayers and Tomás O’Crohan. We will visit the Blasket Visitor Centre at Dunquin to see how people once lived, before you head to An Blascaod Mór, the Great Blasket. Back on the mainland, at the far end of the Dingle peninsula, why not try your hand at throwing a pot, inspired by your own unique journey, at the workshop of Louis Mulcahy, one of Ireland’s leading potters.
Bray Head – Skelligs viewpoint – A Personal Journey
The Skelligs – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is comprised of two sandstone rocks jutting spectacularly out of the Atlantic Ocean, seven miles off Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula. These far-flung islands are a sacred 1,300-year-old place of pilgrimage, rich in history. The remote island of Skellig Michael was uninhabited before an early Christian monastery was founded there sometime between the sixth and eighth centuries. You can climb the 618 steps to its well-preserved monastery today; it lies on a shelf of rock 600ft above seawater. Nature fans, take note – there’s also an impressive array of wildlife living there.
The smaller Skellig is home to puffins and razorbills, among others, and is renowned as an important breeding site for many threatened species of sea birds. Botanists meanwhile can marvel at the abundant local flora, much of which can’t be found anywhere else in Ireland. Finish off your day with a visit to Skelligs Chocolate Factory – where a great pleasure awaits!
Dursey Island – Away from it all
Further south in on the Kerry Cork border, remote Dursey Island is the most westerly of the county’s inhabited islands and home to just three farming families. Travel to the island via Ireland’s only cable-car service. Bear in mind though, sheep and cows also travel to and from the island on the cable car, and as they take preference over humans, you may have to wait in line! When you arrive, take the picturesque walk out towards the island’s lighthouse which dates back to the 1880s and castle ruins, while later enjoying what’s known as ‘Europe’s last sunset’.
This is jut a sample of what the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer. All of our tours are tailored specifically to cater for your specific needs and expectations.
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