Great Blasket is beautiful island approximately 4 miles long by 1/2 mile wide and lies approximately 2 miles from Dingle Peninsula at Dunmore Head. Home to an abundance of wildlife and fauna, the Great Blasket Island is thriving with Irish history and life. Occupied from pre-history, the island overlooks the location where a number of the Spanish Armada ships were wrecked. The small farming and fishing community exceeded a population of 150 in the early 20th century but had dwindled to a small number when the island was vacated in 1953.
Workshop Weekend Programme
The workshop commences at Dunmore Head (Dingle Peninsula) on Thursday afternoon. After a welcoming discussion, we will get out for an afternoon and sunset shoot around the stunning tip of Dingle Peninsula. We will move by boat to the island on Friday. After settling down in lovely traditional cottages of the Blasket hostel we will become real islanders and our Blasket magic experience can begin:
Life on the island was very simple in the past and didn’t change much up today. After the last visitor boat leaves at 3 PM, We will be only people on the island. During the day we can spend time on the beach photographing Grey Seals. Great Blasket seal colony is the biggest in Ireland and we will be in contact with seals all the time. If the sea condition will be fine we will take 3 hours boat tour around all Blasket archipelagos with great opportunity to see Dolphins, Basking Sharks, Whales and plenty of marine birds. Mornings and evenings will be dedicated to photography of stunning Blasket coastline, village and beach. If the weather is fine we can do bonfire after sunset, barbecue some food and do some night sky photography. We will finish up on Sunday after our sunrise shoot and boat will move us back to Dunquin pier where we leave our cars. Logistics of the trip will be emailed to participants when they sign up for the workshop.