The 6th Century monastic site on Skellig Michael is situated off the south west coast of Ireland on the very edge of the continent of Europe and is one of only three UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the island of Ireland. A visit to the shores of Ireland is not complete without having visited this most unique and mystical of places.
Skellig Michael where St. Finian founded his monastic settlement is in close proximity to the other Skellig rock known locally as ‘Sceilig Beag’ and is home to 23,000 nesting pairs of Gannet seabirds. Both Rocks are home to various seabirds such as Guillemot, Razorbill, Fulmar, Kittiwake and Puffins which are best viewed early in the morning.
In July 2014 Director JJ Abrams began filming scenes for Star Wars: Episode VII on the remote island of Skellig Michael on the very South West coast of Ireland. The opening shots of this movie when released will feature Skellig Michael in all it’s glory.
The tour will start on the outward leg of the famous Ring of Kerry touring route and travel to the quaint fishing village of Portmagee where the boat departs to The Skelligs. Alternatively you can visit The Skellig Experience centre where you can view an informative audio visual presentation about The Skelligs, tour the Exhibition Centre and avail of a boat trip around The Skelligs that does not land on The Skellig Rocks but offers a wonderful maritime experience.
Following our return from The Skelligs we will visit Valentia Island which is connected to the Mainland by bridge at Portmagee. The guided tour will include a visit to the world renowned Slate Quarry, Geokaun Mountain and Fogher Cliffs, 385 million year old Tetrapod Fossil Footprints, The Skellig Experience Centre, the village of Knightstown and many more attractions.
All of our tours can be customised to suit your itinerary and travel preferences. Please contact us to discuss tour requirements.
9.00am: Collection from your hotel accommodation
9.15am: Scenic drive on The Ring of Kerry road to Portmagee
10.30am: Boat Trip departs Portmagee pier
12.00pm: Arrival at Skellig Michael and tour of the Monastic site
3.00pm: Boat Trip back to Portmagee
3–6pm: Motor Tour of Valentia Island, The Skellig Experience, Geokaun Mountain & Fogher Cliffs, Slate Quarry, Tetrapod Trackway & Knightstown Village. Return to hotel accommodation in Killarney