Sunday 22 October 2017

Watch: Incredible drone footage shows Peig Sayer's island in its full glory

Photo: Adrian Weckler
Photo: Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler in Dingle

Ever wonder what Kerry's Great Blasket Island looks like from the air? We took a new DJI Spark drone (€599 from dji.com) out for the day to see what we could see.

And what a day. The sun came out to show Peig Sayer's island in its full glory.

Later on, we also recorded a bit of the mystical Connor Pass, just outside Dingle.

The Spark records in 'full HD' rather than 4K. However, this is still excellent for the web or channels such as YouTube.

It's also the smallest of DJI's drones. The advantage here is that it fits into almost any bag you want to bring to an island like the Great Blasket. The disadvantage is that you only get 16 minutes per charged battery. This means a second battery is a good idea.

The Spark has some advanced features, including the ability to operate it purely from your phone or with hand gestures. However, you need the partnering remote control (bought separately or as part of the €799 'Combo' pack) to send it more than a couple of hundred feet away.

It held up reasonably well in wind, although this was a calm day: any gustier and I'm not sure the Spark would have been able to cope with the Wild Atlantic Way. (I normally use DJI's Phantom 4 drone, which can handle a bit more wind as it's three times the size and weight of the Spark.)

To get to Great Blasket Island, we paid €55 each with Great Blasket Islands tours (GreatBlasketIsland.net) from Dingle. Billy and Alice were expert guides, showing us Minke whales, a pod of dolphins and puffins along the way.

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