An Blascaod Mór ( The Great Blasket Island Walk) – POSTPONED UFN

Grade: Easy – with fantastic views from all sides of the island,both towards the mainland and Mount Brandon but also the other islands in the group.

Duration: Multiple options – Full walk to Ceann Dubh at the end of the island- allow 4 hours round trip

Distance: again multiple options

We take the ferry from Dún Chaoin at approx. 10.30am for the 20 minute crossing to the island.Fare to be advised nearer the time.

There are numerous options for walks on the island and some people just like to wander around the old village ,beach etc.There is also a good chance that the colony of seals numbering 100+  will still be on the beach when we arrive!

Starting from the village the main group will head along the southern part of the island and follow a narrow sheep track up to the tower (231m).There is also the option to stay on the lower track and meet at the “traffic Lights” from where another track breaks off in a SW direction along the spine of the island. A short climb leads to Slievedonagh (281m) passing the old fort ruins on the way before another short climb brings us to the highest point :An Cró (292m) This suffices for a large part of the group who return leisurely to the village for a cupán tae in the café, a stroll on the beach or just to take in the views.The remainder leave the backpacks here and head down to the islands extremety: An Ceann Dubh.This part is easy but the return can be a little bit demanding,being a 200m re ascent.

Underfoot conditions on the island generally are excellent with soft peaty ground,though it can get quite wet and soft in parts, so walking boots are recommended,though not essential

We generally leave the island on the 3pm or 4pm ferry back to the mainland