The magnificent Skellig Islands lie 8 miles (12 km) off the coast of Portmagee in South West Kerry. Rising majestically from the sea, Skellig Michael towers 714ft. (218 metres) above sea level. On the summit of this awe-inspiring rock you will find a remarkably well preserved sixth century monastic settlement. On the spectacular Small Skelligs 23,000 pairs of gannet nest on every available ledge making it the second largest gannet colony in the world.
The boat will depart from the Skellig Experience Centre on Valentia Island over the bridge from Portmagee. Co. Kerry. On the morning of departure please make your way to the Centre. You can park your car here free of charge.
Please check in with staff here by 09:00 where you will be given an update on your sailing. Boat departures will vary between 09.30 & 10.30.
Prior to the boat departure you will have time to register, take a tour of the Skellig Centre and view the safety film provided. Please remember to use the toilet here before departure as there are no toilets on the Island. You can buy packed lunches at the centre to take with you.
Cruising time to Skellig Michael is approx. 1 hour. This gives you approximately 2.5 hours on the island itself and a return sailing time of 1 hour. Please dress appropriately with proper walking gear and come prepared for any type of weather especially with rain gear and sun cream. You also need good quality walking boots with good ankle support and cleated soles.
Please be aware that the walk/ climb is over steep slopes and drops.
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Viewing of the safety video below will give you a good idea of what to expect. Please ensure to watch the following video in its entirety.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL boat departures are weather dependent and some departures may be cancelled if the Skipper deems sea conditions unfavourable. Please call the Skipper the day before to check on status of sailing – you will receive contact details upon booking.
Children must be 12 years or over.
As there are limited places, pre-booking is essential.
€90 per person
Please note: Price includes €5 NON-REFUNDABLE handling fee
Refunds will only be given on days that sailings are cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. The Skipper’s decision is final.
No refunds will be given if you cancel your booking after confirmation or if you are a no show on the day of departure.
“This excursion was the absolute highlight of my trip, it was truly magical. The crew, the cruise around the islands and the island itself were amazing. I would fully recommend this trip, thanks guys!!”
“Excellent experience although we could not land on the island due to rough seas our up close view of the skelligs was still a thrill of a lifetime. The crew on the Eagle 3 was helpful and friendly, I will definitely be coming back to the Skelligs to try my luck again at getting onto the island.”
“John and Joe were excellent, they couldn’t do enough for us, they went out of their way to make sure we were ok on the island and on the journey back they found as much wildlife as possible for all to see …My first time to see a whale …Thank you”
“This was such a magical experience! The boat ride was fun, with super friendly and knowledgeable guides! They took such great care of us! Skellig Michael is in a class of its own!”
“Our skipper was fantastic and knowledgeable. We enjoyed a fun day and learned a lot. We liked that your boat travels faster than your competitors, and even though we took off 3rd in line, we arrived 1st as we had a larger engine on our boat. We also appreciated that we were able to book early with you guys, way before your competition could book us, as they didn’t have authorization for weeks after you did to do the landing tour. We appreciated you responding to our email inquiries several times. Thank you so much for the best day of our trip!”