Framed by incredible cliffs and a beautiful coastline this is probably the most famous Irish pier.
Dunquin harbour and pier are located outside the village of Dunquin. The pier is the departure point for the Blasket islands and has been made famous by its unusual design.
Dunquin is a Gaeltacht village in west Kerry. It lies at the most westerly tip of the Dingle Peninsula, overlooking the Blasket Islands and is the most westerly settlement of Ireland. There is dramatic cliff scenery, with a view of the Blasket Islands, where Peig Sayers lived. A museum in the village tells the story of the Blaskets and the lives of the people who lived there including the well-known writers of the island, which includes Sayers, Tomás Ó Criomhthain, and Muiris Ó Súilleabháin. In 1588, when the Spanish Armada returned via Ireland many ships sought shelter in the Blasket Sound – the area between Dún Chaoin and the Islands – and some were wrecked there. A memorial stands on the cliffs overlooking the site. Dunquin is located on the Dingle Way, which is a 179 km circular walking trail which takes in much of the Dingle peninsula.
Scenes from the 1970 film Ryan’s Daughter were shot at Coumineole Beach and Ceathrú (Caharhoo) in Dunquin. The town’s then-struggling economy was largely revived by the production of this film and subsequent tourism. Its marginal condition beforehand had been documented in the 1968 ethnographic film “The Village”.
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