Did you know that we can use your current location to help you choose what to do and where to stay?

Use My Current Location No thanks, I'll do it later
Location detection is - OFF

HOW TO GET TO SKELLIG MICHAEL



Share This Article

print image

As it looms up out of the ocean, the sheer unreality of this UNESCO World Heritage Site becomes clear.

Accessible only by boat, lashed by the elements, and inhabited almost solely by the numerous seabirds for which both Sceilg Mhicíl (Skellig Michael) and its sister island Little Skellig are famous, it feels like a place to which man was never meant to venture. An 'incredible, impossible, mad place'. In the words of playwright George Bernard Shaw, "a part of our dream world."

 
  • The Wailing Woman, County Kerry
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

While it takes effort to get to the Skelligs, proper planning makes for an unforgettable experience. 

WHERE DO I GET A BOAT TO THE SKELLIG ISLANDS FROM?

Boats depart for the Skellig Islands from Portmagee, Caherdaniel (Bunavalla Pier) and Ballinskelligs Pier.

HOW MUCH DOES THE TRIP COST?

From €75 per person. There can be special deals available for larger groups. You will need to pay the boatmen in cash as there are no credit card processing facilities available on the quayside.

 
 
There are many boats to bring you to the island.
 

CAN I BOOK A TRIP IN ADVANCE?

Yes, you can contact the Skellig boat operators directly. The trip itself will depend on the weather on the day. Some passengers do cancel or fail to show, so it can be worth pitching up in the morning to try for tickets - but don't depend on this.

SKELLIG ISLANDS BOAT TRIP OPERATORS FOR 2017

 

DEPARTING FROM PORTMAGEE PIER

Brendan Casey: 087 4501211
Michael B Casey: 087 6950300
Timothy Casey: 087 1427137; 087 9582198
Paul Devane: 087 6178114
James Duff, Valentia: 087 4645824
Nealie Lyne, Valentia: 087 6871261
Donal MacCrohan: 087 2399741
Fionan Murphy: 087 2809861, 066 9476883
Gearoid Moran: 066-9477108
Patrick Murphy: 087 2342168, 087 6762983
Seanie Murphy: 087 2362344
Michael O'Sullivan: 066 9474800
Dermot J Walsh: 086 8339549

DEPARTING FROM BALLINSKELLIGS PIER

David Walsh: 087 2385610

DEPARTING FROM BUNAVALLA PIER (NEAR CAHERDANIEL)

John O'Shea: 087 6898431

Some information, such as the boatmen licensed to operate in a given year, may be subject to change. See the OPW's official website here for the latest details.

 
 

CAN YOU GO TO SKELLIGS AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR?

Boat trips to Skelligs generally operate from Mid-May to late September. Landing on the Skelligs is very much weather-dependent.

 

WHAT TIMES DO THE BOATS TO SKELLIGS DEPART AT?

The boats depart from the Pier between 9am and 10am (check with your boat operator).

 

HOW LONG IS THE TRIP AND HOW LONG IS SPENT ON THE ROCK ITSELF?

The length of the journey is 40 minutes on the faster boats, with the slower boats taking a little longer usually an hour. Boats generally depart from the rock about two and a half hours after landing, which gives ample time to explore. Most boats arrive back by 3pm or before.
 

 
 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

PLEASE WATCH THIS SAFETY VIDEO

Appropriate footwear is recommended. It might be wise to bring along some rain gear given the changeability of Irish weather. If you’re planning on eating or drinking while out on the rock, you should bring a packed lunch with you.

Note also that there are no toilet facilities available on the Rock although many of the boats have facilities.

Be sure to bring sunscreen, layers, waterproofs and food (watch out for sniping gulls, though). It's a good idea to bring a backpack, so your hands are free on the uneven steps.

Sceilg Mhicíl (Skellig Michael) is a wilderness site. If you feel the climb may be a challenge, or have medical conditions that could be a concern, think seriously before you travel.

 

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SEE THE PUFFINS?

Visitors to the Skelligs World Heritage site in August and September often ask “Where have all the puffins gone?” Sceilg Mhicíl (Skellig Michael) is home to thousands of Atlantic puffins, at least for part of the year. These colourful enigmatic seabirds spend their summers on the island, breeding and fattening their chicks on locally available food which often comprises of high calorie sand-eel and sprat. The island becomes a cacophony of birdcalls each year from April when the puffins arrive and join many other seabirds including shearwaters, petrels, fulmars and kittiwakes competing for nest space on this small island. Come late August the puffins leave. 

EXPLORE THE SKELLIG COAST AND THE SOUTHERN PENINSULAS

It’s well worth dedicating at least a couple of days to explore the Skellig Coast and the Southern Peninsulas. Breathtaking views unfold at every turn here. 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. 

 

Book Now

Don't miss out, book your Wild Atlantic Way Kerry experience now!


We use cookies on this website, some of which are essential for parts of the site to operate and have already been set.
By using this site, you agree that we may store and access cookies on your device.
More details can be found in our cookies policy.