Friday, 16 June 2017

Skelligs Island - Wild Atlantic Way (Part Two)

On the way to Skelligs Island

Hundreds of puffins nest Skelligs Micheal  island

The `steps` are slabs of rock and its very steep
View from a third of the way up the island, the sky is full of birds

One of the highlights of our trip along the Wild Atlantic Way, the beautiful, raw Skelligs Micheal Island. A World Heritage Site made even more famous thanks to the filming of a Star Wars scene set on the island. Originally four monks rowed out to the island to set up a monastery.

Rising majestically from the sea, Skellig Michael towers 714ft (218 metres) above sea level. We stayed two nights in The Ferry House bed and breakfast in Portmagee. The boats out to the island sail from Portmagee. We paid 75 Euro each for the trip which allows three hours on the island and takes just over an hour to get there.

Skellig Micheal is also home to hundreds of puffins and gulls. The puffins are quite tourist friendly and allow you to take photo`s close to them. Such a honour to watch these little birds busy about their day.

The steps to the top of Skelligs Micheal are simply slabs of rock, there is nothing to hold onto on the way up.  The same steps have to accommodate everyone coming down too.  It is a frightening experience and not for the faint hearted.  Its worth noting there are no toilets on the island so go easy on the coffee before you leave your hotel. We got completely soaked on the boat trip back even though we were given some waterproofs by the skipper.
Take a change of clothes if you are not staying very close to the harbour.

Portmagee itself is a lovely place.  The fabulous Kerry cliffs are just a few miles walk away.

Kerry Cliffs at Portmagee, Skelliggs islands in background.
Me left and sister Maggie of the cliffs of Kerry
Portmagee - Kerry


Kerry Cliffs 

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