The Great Blasket Island Experience

The most thrilling way to see Dingle Bay; experience the outstanding natural beauty of the Dingle coastline, paired with an exciting speed boat blast.  The Great Blasket Island Experience – a speedboat Eco Tour & Island landing – departs Dingle Marina, touring the beautiful Peninsula coastline to the Great Blasket Island.

 Experiencing fresh Atlantic sea air, breathtaking views, staggering cliffs and wildlife that is native to the Dingle shores.

Approximately 6 hour round trip @ €80 per person, we depart Dingle Marina daily at 11am (directly below Dingle Tourist Office, next to the Fungie the Dolphin statue).

  • Touring significant geological spots – exploring cliffs, coves and formations that are over millions of year old.
  • Taking a wide arch out the bay, we cover deep sea ground where whales, dolphins, porpoises and an abundance of sea birds are likely to feed.
  • In settled weather conditions we will visit puffins on Inishvickillane.
  •  Reaching the Great Blasket Island, we tour the Northern shore which is a hot-spot for Grey seal activity.
  • Passengers land on the Great Blasket Island  for 3.5 to 4 hours  where they can take a guided tour of the abandoned village provided by OPW guides and explore the many wonders the Island has to offer.

A complimentary Tea/Coffee is provided for all our customers and use of bathroom facilities. 

No rush or time restraints for a personal easy going trip with a  maximum capacity of 12 passengers. The ‘Peig Sayers’ Stormforce 11 is the flagship of the Redbay range, offering the best that RIBs can offer.  We have 12 seated indoor cabin for those who want to keep dry and warm. The Peig Sayers incorporates quality, speed, safety and comfort. You are not seeing the best of Ireland unless you catch it from the water.

Please be aware that the Midges (flying insects) are particularly bad in August & September. Please make sure you bring insect repellent & are well sprayed before departing.

This trip requires at least 9 passengers to operate. If this minimum is not met, the trip is subject to cancellation. 

Fungie the Dingle dolphin along side Peig Sayers.
Fungie alongside the Peig Sayers - our Eco Experience boat tour
Fungie and the ‘Peig Sayers’
Peig Sayers boat tour departs Dingle Bay daily
Minke Whale and Common Dolphin feeding off the Great Blasket Island on our Eco Boat Tour
View from the northside of the Great Blasket island with the Sleeping Giant in the background.
View from the northside of the island
Great Blasket Island beach in the background
Great Blasket Island beach in the background

Dunquin collection for overnight guests only.

Now offering Dunquin to the Great Blasket Island return trip for overnight guests only. Direct crossing taking approximately 20 minutes @ €35 per adult, €20 per child and under 4’s go free. Collection time depends on tide so please call for more information and please be flexible. If times do not suit, we may be able to arrange alternate transfer to suit schedules, however additional charges will incur. In the event of bad weather, this is not an option. 

Once arrived at Dunquin, please park at available spot, walk straight past hut (different ferry company) and  down the windy path to the bottom of the pier, where we will be in a bright orange boat called the Peig Sayers (as seen below)

Please note we highly recommend overnight guests take our transfer option from Dunquin to the Great
Blasket Island.

When taking the Dingle transfer, we CANNOT guarantee a Dingle return due to number of day tour passengers.

In this case, guests WILL BE returned to Dunquin regardless of their departure point.

We coincide the Dunquin collection with the tide. Please contact Alice for more information on Dunquin collection schedules. Please be flexible with times. 

Bookings Notes:

Please note before booking, passengers/guests must have a valid working email or contact number in the event we need to contact them. As conditions can be very unsettled, please contact a day before departure to confirm sailings.

Please be aware that we use 6.5 hours as a guideline for our tour. Departure and return times may vary depending on a variety of factors and be aware we may and often do get delayed.


Boat Cancellation: 

Any booking canceled within 14 days to 48 hours before arrival half booking fee will be taken.

Any booking canceled less than 48 hours before arrival will be fully charged.

From 1st May 2020 there is a 5% non refundable booking fee.

Billy will determine a cancellation due to rough seas ONLY. Please be aware we do not accept cancellations in the event of rain or cloudy weather if we are still able to cross from either Dingle OR Dunquin.

Sailing times WILL VARY in the event of bad weather. Tide and sea conditions dictate our business and sailing times, so please be flexible. Cancellations will not be approved or refunded if a sailing time does not suit.

I understand if on the morning of sailing and visibility is poor , I will not receive a refund if I decide not go on the tour or reschedule seats. It is at the Skippers discretion to cancel tour due to rough seas ONLY.

We do not accept rescheduling if WEATHER conditions are not favorable (overcast, wet & rain) Rescheduling seats only accepted if Billy determines sea conditions NOT suitable.
A rare sighting – Pod of Risso Dolphins captured from the Peig Sayers off the Great Blasket Island
A rare sighting – Pod of Risso Dolphins captured from the Peig Sayers off the Great Blasket Island
The Peig Sayers upclose to the staggering Dingle Coastline.
The Peig Sayers upclose to the staggering Dingle Coastline.
Passengers enjoying close up performance of a Minke Whale swimming alongside the Peig Sayers
Passengers enjoying close up performance of a Minke Whale swimming alongside the Peig Sayers

Join us on this amazing Island

Great Blasket Island Experience – Unique Boat Tours and Accommodation.

The Great Blasket Island is a remote Island located off the Dingle Peninsula. With over 1,100 acres of unspoiled largely mountainous terrain, the Great Blasket Island is approximately 4 miles long by 1/2 mile wide. Now classified as a Special Area of Conservation, it is home to an abundance of wildlife and fauna. This uninhabited Island is thriving with Irish history, heritage and life.  Take one of our popular Great Blasket Island Boat Tours or overnight in unique self catering accommodation, immersing yourself in the ultimate Irish getaway.

The Great Blasket Island is one of the most remote parts of the Irish Language Speaking areas of Corca Dhuibhne. Although deserted since 1953 it is famous for the abundance of literature produced by the Irish speaking inhabitants who will live on forever through the documentation by them of the extraordinary details of their ordinary lives

Dheineas mo dhícheall an chuntas cruinn a chur síos ar an dream a raibh aithne agam ortha, ionas go mbeadh cuimhne orainn ar Shlí na Fírinne”  Peig Sayers 1873- 1958

We offer two day tours options:

Premium Day Tour: The most comprehensive full day in Dingle Bay. Experience the natural beauty touring the coastline and rugged cliffs of the Wild Atlantic Way all to the Great Blasket Island.

Includes: Marine & bird life, cave & cove explorations, outer Blasket Islands, 4 hour Great Blasket landing, complimentary tea/coffee and use of Island facilities. 

Direct Ferry:

A direct transfer option: a fast 45 minute guided ferry from Dingle Bay to Great Blasket Island. Stopping with any wildlife enroute, this is for those who wish to experience less boat time and more Island exploring. A great option for families and walkers.