Trip Duration: 2.5 hrs.
Each Island is unique in its own right.
Skellig Michael with its 6th century monastic settlement is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Small Skelligs, is a protected bird sanctuary which is home to the second largest gannet colony in the world.
Yet the only similarity between these two Islands is that they share a common name and are situated in roughly the same geographical position.
As you pass the headlands of Valentia Island you will see two large Craigs emerging from the Atlantic Ocean, you will marvel that one of them looks snow capped, this is the Small Skelligs.
Small Skelligs is completely barren of foliage, during winter it is cold, gray, black and inhospitable.
Yet when spring rolls in it takes on a completely new life. It becomes the home to over 70,000, yes seventy thousand Gannets.
As you get closer you will firstly notice the birdlife and you will see these majestic birds nearly completely white with their yellow head gliding effortlessly across the ocean.
Then you will arrive under the cliff of the island and 70,000 gannets will greet you with their squawking.
A photographers delight, a birdwatchers paradise and the travellers wonder , you have to experience it to be awed by it.
Then there is Skellig Michael, what has not been said about this island,
home to – “an ancient 6 century monastery perched on the cliff edge with 3 amazing sets of steps all build by the monks of ancient Ireland”
There are 600 steps to the monastery.
Two lighthouses build between 1821 and 1826
When you cruise around Skellig Michael you will see the two lighthouses built on the cliff side. lighthouses
Birdlife in abundance, including thousands of the colourful puffins. (April – July)
Sea birds that you can see on the trip. click here
Other birds, which frequent the place and some even breed here,
Peregrine Falcon, Chough, Raven, Rock Pipit and Wheatear.
What you may see
We have told you what you will see but not about what you may see.
Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Dolphins, and Risso Dolphins.
Fin Whales, Minkie Whale, Humpback Whales.
Grey Seal and Common Seal.
Clothing to wear:
Warm clothing (even in fine weather)
Sensible footwear (runners or such)
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