Skelligs Rock

Skelligs Rock, Portmagee: Hours, Address, Skelligs Rock Reviews: 5/5

Skelligs Rock
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Geologic Formations
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Eco and Star Wars specialists for tours to the Skelligs. Enjoy a 2.5 hr tour with a professional guide onboard an eco-cruise around the Skellig Islands from Portmagee. They offer the traveler everything they could wish for, wildlife, ancient history and Starwars.You may also see whales, dolphins, sunfish and even basking sharks roaming the surrounding waters. Tour is limited to a maximum of 12 travelers, this is not a landing tour. Choose from one of the four departure times when you book.
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Babs O T
Dublin, Ireland7 contributions
Fantastic experience
Jun 2021 • Couples
Myself and my hubby did the Skellig Michael tour, well all we can say is wow!! What an experience, it is stunning, our Captain Nicky was an absolute diamond. He was very knowledgeable and his one liners had us cracking up ,so professional and a real down to earth guy. Don't miss this opportunity to visit Skellig Michael, you will not be disappointed, if it's good enough for Star Wars then it speaks for itself. Great day out altogether 👌
Written June 12, 2021
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Jillian M
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
Highlight of our Ireland trip!
Sep 2019
My mother and I did the landing trip at the end of September. Because there was some rain in the forecast, we were anxious that our trip would get cancelled, but in the end we were blessed with good weather and our boat was able to go and I'M SO GLAD IT DID! Seanie, the owner of Skelligs Rock, did a good job at keeping in touch by text and email to update us about the trip in advance. Derek and Dave on the boat were so enthusiastic and excited. They clearly love their job, as they didn't just shuttle us to the island, they went out of their way to track dolphins and whales to show us, and different kinds of birds. They pulled up beside Little Skellig on the way over to give us a good view of the island and its bird colony. Once on the island, we had 2.5 hrs, which was the perfect amount of time to climb the stairs at a leisurely pace, take in the monastery and the views from the top, and then climb back down. The island is so beautiful, truly unlike anything I have ever seen. Derek and Dave were genuinely interested in making sure that their passengers were ok and having a good time. I was the only person on the boat to get seasick and Derek checked on me frequently to ensure I was ok.
Our day trip to Skellig was so special and truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I realize it's a bit of a gamble when you book this trip so far in advance, because you can't know what the seas will be like and if your trip will happen, but I'm so glad we took a chance on this. It was truly the highlight of our trip to Ireland. I can't recommend booking with Skellig Rock enough!
Written October 5, 2019
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African Rosie
19 contributions
Lot more than just Star Wars
Sep 2019
Went to the Skellig Experience on Valentia Island. We were blown away when we watched a short film about how the Monks went to live on Skellig. The hardship they endured and just how many years it took successive generations of Monks to carve out what you can see today. And this was many years befor star Wars.
Written September 27, 2019
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BIG woman
9 contributions
Otherworldly
Sep 2019 • Couples
Never in all our days have we felt so simultaneously sea sick and astounded than during our trip to Skellig Michael. We braved choppy waters to indulge a Star Wars fantasy and were imparted with more wisdom than Yoda and more windswept than Chewbacca. The boat ride itself (although testing for one prone to seasickness) indulged our fancy for nature, with seals, a huge gannet colony (the second largest in the world) and even a pod of dolphins that swam alongside our vessel with tiny babies in tow. We booked with Sea Quest and our crew were the most seasoned and knowledgeable tour guides we’ve ever encountered. The entire journey was a valuable and fascinating history lesson told with enthusiasm and flair (with countless picture opportunities). The rock itself was stunning and your trek to the top will be rewarding and exhaustive in equal measure, lest alone for the monastery ruins that greet you at the summit. You’ll come here in awe of Jedis and leave worshipping monks and Portmagee sailors. Touché Sea Crest, May the force be with you.
Written September 14, 2019
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Debbie M
Towson117 contributions
Skellig Michael trip with Sea Quest
Jun 2019 • Couples
My husband and I were fortunate enough to have a beautiful day to experience the Skelligs. We booked with Sea Quest through our B&B Portmagee Heights. (Monica). Six months in advance! This tour books up quickly and is very limited.
As I mentioned, the weather was beautiful but you still need rain gear. We put on rain pants and jacket because of the ocean spray on the boat ride. Super fun. The walk up the steps is a little intimidating but once you start up you just power through. What incredible views! And we were there when so many puffins were there. Adorable. I really think seeing them kept me from overthinking the steps. A great distraction. There was a guide at the top to give some history of these amazing rocks and the monks who lived here. Take your time coming down the steps. Everyone was very careful and respectful. It can be a little unnerving. As with most excursions I would have liked just a little more time there. And thanks to Derek for taking photos of us on the boat. He was always asking how everyone was doing. Nice guy! I would definitely recommend this adventure. 💚🍀
Written September 6, 2019
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Karen311248
1 contribution
Fantastic day!
Sep 2019 • Friends
What a great day! Seaquest tours was amazing, made sure we saw everything and ensured safety. Dave and Derrick were fantastic guides. Would highly recommend!
Written September 5, 2019
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SeanieM9
Dave and Derek are great with the people and will always go that extra mile to give you that special experience Thank you for letting us know and delighted that you enjoyed your trip Seanie & Mary
Written September 9, 2019
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Aliza F
6 contributions
Touching Nature
Jul 2019
This was the highlight of my trip to Ireland. We saw jellyfish, seals, puffins and gamuts! Our guide was perfect and passionate about sharing the history of this magical place.
Written September 3, 2019
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SeanieM9
This is a very special place and when everything comes together there is no nicer place to visit Seanie & Mary
Written September 6, 2019
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Emmanuel P
Killarney, Ireland37 contributions
Climb the Skelligs
Aug 2019
Fabulous place to visit, we went three times in last few years, it is not easy to climb up and funny enough, harder to come down for some :)
It is very impressive and worth a look, you should really go on the island as oppose to just do the boat tour.
The only pity is that the price is gone ridiculous, €100+fees per person, it used to be so so so much cheaper, the island is the same so I cannot understand why it is so silly price now.
The island deserves 5 stars, and few years ago it would have been rated as such, but with such a bumped up price my rating is now poor.
Written August 18, 2019
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SeanieM9
I am delighted that you had a wonderful experience and that you think so highly of the Skelligs Islands I will if you allow me try and explain the reason why the price has increased over the last number of years. Our price is €100 per person and not with any ++ Not sure that you traveled with us for that price you quoted A number of year ago the season opened on the 1st April and closed on the last day of October.In recent years the OPW ( The government agency with responsibility for the running of the Island) decided to shorten the Season and now they open the Island on the 14th May and close it on the 29th September. In the last 2 years the Skelligs did not open until around the 22nd May (give or take a day). These actions have reduced our season by between 75 and 80 days. This has had a major impact on the local economy. With increased focus on Health & Safety we are now obliged to have 2 crew member on the boat at all times (We are all in favour of the extra crew member on the boat) In 1994 when the boatmen entered in to an agreement with the OPW, there were approximately 8 conditions associated with the granting of the permit. These conditions have increased greatly over the years and with them comes an extra cost to the operator. Because of the new permit conditions the boatmen are now heavily investing in their boats (even though they are only guaranteed the licence for 3 year, having to re-apply every 3 years) With this investment comes a greater cost which ultimately has to be borne by the customer. Unfortunately most of these issues are outside the control of the boat operators. Finally the major obstacle we cannot control on the WILD ATLANTIC WAY is the weather, 17 days landing this August Hope this goes some way in explaining the cost. Seanie & Mary
Written September 6, 2019
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ldodwell
1 contribution
Skellig Michael Landing - Seaquest
Aug 2019
The landing tour on Seanie Murphy's boat captained by David and Mike was exceptional. Very professional and great fun. Skellig Michael itself is amazing - breathtaking and a must do !
Written August 16, 2019
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leahmaddi
San Diego, CA1 contribution
Spectacular experience is an understatement.
Jul 2019
Did a landing trip to Skellig Michael via Seanie and Mary Murphy's tour and i cant say enough good things about the entire experience. From beginning to end it was incredibly special. You can literally feel the magic of the island before you leave Portmagee and that is thanks to the people. I cant thank Dave and Derek enough for being so hospitable and kind. It was my first time on a boat in choppy weather and Derek made sure i felt nice and comfy in the wheelhouse by checking on me and keeping me in good spirits. Dave was an absolute joy as well. Great captain and so knowledgeable about the area in regards to fishing, history, safety,and honestly everything you'd want to know about that particular region of Ireland. Also,they had the BEST attitudes and sense of humor so i was nothing short of entertained the whole time. Once we landed, the guides of the island give you a short lecture on safety for visitors and for the animals (aka THE EFFING PUFFINS) and then you're off on your own for about 2.5 hours. Whether you are an adventure fanatic, bird watcher, Star Wars nerd, a little bit of everything, or none at all this experience will blow your mind. I am forever changed by this little slice of paradise and the people that helped me get there :)
Written August 15, 2019
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