In Ireland's beautiful south-west, five great peninsulas – Dingle, Iveragh, Beara, Sheep's Head and Mizen – stretch miles out into the ocean. Breathtaking views unfold at every turn here, and there's a distinctly edge-of-the-world feel to these Southern Peninsulas.

Make friends with whales and dolphins, take a cable car over a crashing ocean, or stargaze under Ireland's darkest skies. Whatever you do, you will leave the ordinary far behind.

Just a boat ride away from the Dingle Peninsula you’ll discover the Blasket Islands, a group of islands rich in history. Emigration and isolating seas led to their evacuation in 1953. However, reminders of the life left by the farmers and fishermen remain. With a little digging you’ll uncover a rich and celebrated literary history. The islanders published many books during the 1920s and 1930s that are considered classics today.