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“Far From the Madding Crowd”
Review of Skerries Sea Tours

Skerries Sea Tours
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Skerries seatours incorporates a unique and often stunning exploration of the rich bird and wildlife as well as an informative guide to the local history,culture and heritage of the area. Our tours now run from Malahide marina,South of skerries. We operate 3 tours every Saturday and Sunday.Two Lambay island and Rockabill lighthouse boat tours and One Lambay Island Walking tour.
Reviewed July 29, 2013

A group of 14 hill-walkers visited Lambay with the object of climbing to the island's 127 metre summit. We were incredibly well-looked after by Eoin and Peter, who sped us across the four kilometre stretch of water from Rogerstown Harbour in two parties. Eoin, who has an amiable manner and keen sense of humour, guided us around Lambay. He also provided an information sheet about the island’s flora and fauna and some of its history which was very useful. The island, the largest on the east coast of Ireland, owned by the 7th Lord Revelstoke (of the Baring dynasty) and which has been in the family since 1904, was for many years inaccessible to the public. Indeed, it is only via Skerries Seatours that access there is permitted today. It is a haven of peace and tranquillity, and is of international significance as home to Ireland’s largest ‘mixed’ seabird colony. Here Cormorants, Common Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Razorbills, Fulmars, Manx Shearwaters, Puffins, Herring Gulls and Shags whirl above the steep and craggy cliffs, their shrill cries mingling in an aerial bedlam. Unbelievably, there is also a colony of wallabies that were introduced from Dublin Zoo back in the 1980s. They are thriving and you might be lucky to see them. We didn’t, but we did spot a herd of deer that are resident on the island.

The island has a rich and varied history, being the site of a monastery later raided by the Vikings; has served as a refuge for pirates; a prisoner of war camp and was known to Greek cartographer Ptolemy. It has a volcanic past, and two outcrops of andesite (dubbed Lambay porphyry) were quarried in the Neolithic. Of international importance, Lambay contains the only stone axe quarry in Britain and Ireland with evidence for all stages production, from quarrying to final polishing. Tayleur Bay on the east of the island, is named after the emigrant ship en route to Australia which foundered here in 1854 on its maiden voyage from Liverpool with a great loss of life. The wreck of the Tayleur was located in 1959 and some of its cargo salvaged.

A small number of people live permanently on the island helping to manage and operate the estate which includes an organic farm. They reside in a group of attractively renovated coastguard houses and the White House, surrounded by colourful echiums and hollyhocks, just above the small harbour. Here we were treated to a cuppa before tacking the summit and beginning our walk around the island. Close to the White House is a walled graveyard and bijou Catholic chapel with a Doric portico which we were permitted to enter. Still used by the local residents, the stained glass window above the altar is particularly attractive. There has been a castle on Lambay from at least the 16th century, with the present building designed by architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, in the first decade of the 20th century in the Renassiance Gothic style. Beautiful gardens surround it and there is also a secluded walled garden boasting a variety of fruits and colourful sub-tropical plants which we strolled around. We had a fantastic tour, not at all rushed and although it is only 4 kilometres from the Fingal coast, we appreciated the tranquillity of this special island which felt far from the madding crowd indeed. I’d most certainly recommend this trip with Skerries Seatours which provides a unique opportunity to land on one of Ireland’s most scarcely visited islands.

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Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

Spent a great afternoon in the company of the lads at Skerries Seatours. As part of a hillwalking group our main interest was Lambay's summit, Knockbane. But we also explored The Nose headland as well as getting a very interesting talk on the history / archaeology of Lambay.
We glimpsed deer, and seen plenty of seabirds, but despite efforts to flush them out, no sign of the wallabies.
At €75 it's a bit pricey (due in part to the owners of Lambay), but it really is a good outing.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

this is an amzing Trip to the Rockabill Island und you can enjoy the sea an the islands an you will see birds, birds, birds. Roseate Terns, Puffins, Shags, Guillemot, Black Guillemot, Razorbill, Artic Terns and no Birds but also nice seals. If you stay in Skerries, enjoy it. If you stay in Dublin and not in Skerries, go to Skerries and make the Trip!

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Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

Finally got to make our first trip and it won't be our last. Helped by the beautiful weather of course but Eoin was very pleasant and knowledgeable. I'm from Skerries all my life and he was able to tell me a lot of things I never knew and he is ten years younger than me.

1  Thank Paul D
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Did the walking tour of Lambay with Skerries Seatours, on saturday last, and it was fantastic. have been to Lambay a couple of times, but wanted to see it proper, so when the opportunity arrived, i jumped at it. Eoin brought us out ensuring our safety at all times, despite the inclement weather. Eoin was very informative and gave us plenty of time to explore, the sights and see some of the wildlife of the island. A must see trip, well worth the effort !

1  Thank Conor W
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