The magnificent Skellig Islands lie 8 miles (12 km) off the coast of Portmagee on the Ring of 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 boats departs daily from Portmagee pier at approximately 10:00am, weather permitting. The boat trip to the Skelligs takes 45 minutes and you have between 2 -2. 30 minutes on the rock. A visit to the monastery will entail a climb on 618 steps, ascending over 600 ft. (180 metres). The boats stop for a while at the Little Skelligs to allow you to view the bird colony and seals. The return boat trip lasts a further 45 minutes and you are back in Portmagee at around 3 o' clock.
It is advisable to book at least 2 days in advance. You should ensure that you book with a boatman who has a permit to land on the island.