The Wild Atlantic Way is set to be Ireland’s first long-distance touring route, stretching along the Atlantic coast from Donegal to West Cork , and Annascaul Village is the perfect place to stay while visiting the Dingle peninsula.
Dingle, the most westerly town in Europe, was historically one of Ireland’s main trading ports, but is now home to a population of only 1,920. Dingle’s main activities include boat tours, absorbing the local Irish music scene and eating at singular shops like Murphy’s Ice Cream, routinely declared to be among the best ice cream in the world. Nearby on the harbour promenade is a bronze sculpture of Dingle’s most famous resident: Fungie the bottlenose dolphin. Fungie appeared in the area in 1984 and makes a habit of visiting tour boats.
The Blasket Islands Centre, at the most westerly point of the Dingle Peninsula, memorialises the now abandoned settlement on Great Blasket Island. Its tiny population – just 175 people at its peak – lived such dramatically unique lives only 2km from the mainland that they attracted the attention of anthropological and linguistic scholars. This tiny population produced several accomplished writers. Its dwindling population eventually forced an evacuation of the last 22 residents to the mainland in 1953. Boat tours to the island, weather permitting, allow for a thorough exploration of the crumbling cottages, hills and fields.
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