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Leeagh
Dublin, Ireland303 contributions
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Wow - what an experience! This was on my bucket list and after being cancelled the past few years due to weather and then Covid, was delighted to finally make it. The boat journey over was quite choppy, but was pretty spectacular. We passed a family of dolphins jumping beside the boat, and got very close to Skellig Beag to see the gannets in all their glory. On arrival onto the island you get met by an OPW tour guide who gives you some health and safety tips. The journey up and down is not for the faint hearted or for those afraid of heights. It is quite steep with nothing to grab onto for stability. It is absolutely worth it though when you reach the top and see the amazing huts built by the monks. Incredible what they could do on such a craggy island. We were so lucky to have seen the thousands of puffins nesting on the island, as they don't spend all summer on the island. I would highly recommend booking your trip early to avoid disappointment as there is limited capacity on the boats and it is particularly popular after Star Wars. Make sure you wear sensible footwear as you need to have a good grip.
Written August 2, 2021
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JanetJulia
Westchester, NY561 contributions
Even though there is a current concern about falling rocks on Skellig Michael, the boat ride out to look at the island (while not being allowed to actually land on the island and transcend the 600+ stairs to the abbey) still did not disappoint. Just being able to actually see and witness this remote island rock outcropping is second to few and is truly awesome and imposing. Plus the joy of seeing dolphins playfully escorting your boat, while enjoying the antics of the gannets and puffins is not to be missed. Our boat captain Nicky happily informed us of all that we needed to know, and made a point of slowing the boat so that we could savor some of the more memorable moments. Hoping to return again!
Written June 23, 2022
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Edel J
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I was with a group going to Skellig Michael late May 2022. I have to say I was terrified as I had heard so much about the boat journey and the 600 steps. The day dawned and I took sea sickness tablets and headed off to Port Magee. My first tip is give yourself plenty of time to get there as roads are narrow and you could get stuck behind a slow moving vehicle.
We boarded the Ursula Mary and whilst the boat was like a roller coaster ride I felt totally safe and the scenery was amazing as were the crew of the boat. Thankfully I was not ill but two of our group were. Thank God I took the tablets.
No words can describe the approach to this most majestic island. Little skellig literally crowded with nesting gannets and dolphins jumping alongside the boat and seals resting on rocks.
On arrival we alighted with help from the crew and the wonderful OPW guides gave a safety talk and off I went one-step at a time. Some steps were steep but taking my time I got to the top and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. To walk in the steps of these amazing monks and to step into the beehive huts which they had built was truly amazing and all that before I mention the breath taking scenery and the breeding puffins .
Another tip I will give is don't carry a heavy back pack up the steps unless you are very fit. I brought water and my phone to take photos and I was glad I had no extra weight. Also you will get hot so don't have too many layers on.
The descent down was fine and I for one did not feel I was going to fall off the edge but using a walking pole did make the descent very manageable. Boat trip back was exhilarating and day finished off with a great lunch in restaurant across from pier. Super super day with memories for a life time.
Written June 3, 2022
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Chas Mac
Suffolk, UK3 contributions
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A great non-landing 2.5 hour visit with Skellig Michael cruises from Portmagee. We got up close to both Skellig Michael and Little Skellig, and saw thousands of gannets, skuas, razorbills, shearwaters, fulmars and puffins! We even met a few dolphins on the way back.
Our skipper Nicky was very entertaining and extremely knowledgeable about the extraordinary monks who lived here.
Highly recommended.
Written June 1, 2022
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KattySmyth
Belfast, UK43 contributions
We were fortunate to do the landing tour and I'd recommend booking in advance as tickets sell out very quickly but I now understand why! The boat trip out in the morning takes around 45 minutes and whilst the water is calm within the bay, it can get a little choppy out at sea but it only adds to the journey of excitement and a highlight was a pod of dolphins swimming alongside us until we reached the sea. When you reach the island, you have a quick safety talk and it is up the 600 steps to reach the top, but what I would say, is the climb up is very steep in parts and not something for someone who really doesn't like heights.......although don't let that put you off as everyone chats to each other and for those who struggle, we all help them along the way and reassure them that they are doing great. When you reach the top and for any Star Wars fan, it is a dream come true and there is a stillness like no other at the top as what you see is sheltered from the wind! I don't want to give away too much as it is the surprise of reaching the top and the sheer scale of the effort to create the stone buildings by the monks that makes you realise just how fortunate you are to get to visit such an area. Then on the way back down, you have unbroken sea views on the horizon and if you get a little bit wet from the sea coming back, there is a hotel opposite that allows you to go in and get changed. Certainly was on my bucket list, now I have done it, I'd recommend it goes on everyone's bucket list
Written April 12, 2022
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martin callagy
Galway, Ireland17 contributions
An absolutely wonderful day trip to this most iconic location. The trip out by boat was very exciting as there was a good swell and it was exciting. Suddenly you past the Sceilig Beg and the thousand of gannets who have made their summer home here, to watch them diving into the Atlantic waters for food was fantastic, only suddenly a dolphin was chasing our boat. Suddenly we spotted the Sceilig Michael, and the first view is the steps going up the side which the monks used to reach the top. There are 680 steps and its a tough climb so the advice is to take many rests. You are warned about the steps been slippery when wet and you have got to be careful going up and even more so on the return path. On reaching the Monks homes known as the beehives because of their shapes its like something from another world. One has to think why did they relocate into such a harsh environment. Life must have been very difficult and the amount of work in building the steps and the beehives must have taken years. The return journey is even better as you live this island it looks like it has just arose from the sea. A very wonderful trip and I plan to go back in spring or early summer to spot the puffins.
Written September 14, 2021
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Sazquotch
County Kerry, Ireland73 contributions
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Doing a landing tour out to Skellig Michael is once in a lifetime experience that you should try and take it you get a chance. When we travelled out, the waters were choppy but not as bad as they can be. I still found it super rough and scary though so do be aware of that as a lot of people on our boat got sick, and that seems to be fairly normal. Journey back was fine and you got amazing views and opportunities to take pics of Skellig Michael and Skellig Beag. Would not recommend just doing an eco tour, for me-the hardest part was the boat trip so don’t know why you wouldn’t travel onto the island itself when you’ve made all that effort. The steps could be difficult if you’re bad with heights or have limited mobility, but if you are okay on both accounts then they are not difficult at all. We walked up in about 20 mins with some brief stops. The puffins are amazing. The bee hives are fantastic and there’s a fabulous guide at the top who provides a history. Super interesting. You can eat lunch a bit further down at the ‘vegetable patch.’ But if you choose to eat back on the mainland, Portmagee has a few options including The Moorings, which does a nice scampi and chips and a great pint of Guinness. We travelled out on the Deva, a small 12 seater boat, which was captained by Jamie and we were looked after by Liam. Booked through Skellig Coast Adventures. Couldn’t recommend them enough.
Written May 23, 2022
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Mick M
Monasterevin, Ireland64 contributions
Spent 3 days in beautiful Kerry and included a landing trip to Skellig Michael. The location is awesome and certainly worth a visit to the Islands Full marks for the OPW (Office of Public Works) for restricting landing access to Skellig Michael island and doing a great job in minimising our impact of the birds, flowers, fauna and physical environment of the World Heritage site.
The long climb up the exposed, steep and rugged steps to the top where monks lived in solitude more than a 1000 years ago is well worth the effort. Care is required when climbing the exposed bare steps and ledges
Remarkable well preserved. Fantastic visit with good full guided instructions to make your visit safe and enjoyable.
Written August 17, 2021
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Maura M
County Kerry, Ireland5 contributions
Took a long awaited return trip to The Skelligs on Monday with David and Brendan. The trip was excellent, David and Brendan were very professional and they created a great atmosphere on the boat which lead to all passangers having a good experience. When booking David gave advice on what to expect and what you needed. The island is not for the faint hearted if afraid of heights, but take your time and you will get there. Guides on the island were very informative and gave a very interesting history of the monks. Highly recommend The Force Awakens for this trip. Won't leave it as long for the next return trip.
Written September 1, 2021
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Ambl24
64 contributions
Landing Trip to Skellig Michael this week in brilliant sunshine, no swell or wind. David and Brendan of Force Awakens run a very professional operation with a very smart boat from Ballinskelligs pier. We got a cancellation and the communication from David was excellent. We left Ballinskelligs in residual fog which increased the mystique of the Skelligs, but the day improved rapidly. The OPW guides are superb on the island, and despite the steep climb, 600 ft and 618 big and uneven steps, the 6th century monastery is well worth the effort. My tip - bring a pair of walking poles, short on the climb, long on the descent, they made all the difference. Those monks were tough! The monastery and its history is inspirational, do this trip if you can.
Written August 29, 2021
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