A Boat trip to Skelligs
: An Atlantic Ocean Island, 8 miles off the West Coast of Ireland,
With World-famous Seabird colonies, magnificent scenery and the
World's finest example of early Christian Monastic architecture
on a cliff-top, 200 metres above the Sea.
A Boat trip in calm weather conditions only !!
Can be booked from the Lake Hotel
It is a 1.5 hour drive from the Lake Hotel to the departure
dock at Portmagee
In Skellig waters you may also see seals and in season
even Basking Sharks and Dolphins
the puffins – pompous
little citizens of Skellig – who, in season, will scarcely step
aside to let you pass. Listen to the nonstop arguments of the
Kittiwakes at Cross Cove. Identify the chirping purr of the storm
petrels that nest under virtually stone step of the way. Stop.
Rest. Observe. And begin again.
Paragraph from Des Lavelle's Book
In summer season (Mid
April to late September), Local operators run a daily boat trip
to Skellig Michael - subject to the weather and sea conditions
of the moment. Departure time is 10.00am, and the departure point
is Portmagee harbour, a few miles off the Ring of Kerry route.
The trip takes about 45 minutes, passing very close to Small Skellig
and its 27,000 pairs of nesting gannets en route. But don’t have
eyes only for the birds; a dolphin can also take flight! Visiting
time on Skellig Michael is normally about 2 hours 30 minutes,
giving you adequate time to tour the old monastic site 200 metres
above the sea, and to admire the puffins, guillemots, razorbills,
kittiwakes and fulmars nesting on the island from the end of April
to the early days of August. You are normally back on the mainland
by about 4 pm.
It is possibly
the best Day Trip Ireland has to offer !!
Rate: Euro € 50 per person.
Its well worth it !
ADVENTURE not to be missed !!
Puffin on Skelligs
April - mid August is when the Puffins are on Skelligs
Images © Niall Huggard 2008