The demand for trips to the Skellig Islands has increased dramatically following the worldwide publicity surrounding the making of the recent Star Wars movies on Skellig Michael.
The Office of Public Works, which manages the islands has been busy clearing a rockfall which was blocking Lighthouse Road and they are confident that they will be ready to open on time on May 14th as scheduled.
There are two kinds of trips: a trip around the islands and a landing trip.
On the tour around the islands of Skellig Michael and Little Skellig you will see the fantastic scenery from all sides and you are likely to encounter various sea birds including puffins, guillemots, shearwaters, gannets kittiwakes, razorbills, fulmars and a variety of gulls. The second largest gannet colony in the world, with about 23,000 pairs is on Little Skellig. And if you are lucky you may see some bottlenose or common dolphins, possibly a minke whale, or even a basking shark. You will have great opportunities for stunning photography or filming.
Skellig Michael Boat Trips
Many people want to land on Skellig Michael to see the location of the Star Wars set or to explore the 6th century monastery with its beehive huts which sits at the top of the rock. There are great opportunities to experience the wildlife of the island including many unusual birds. The views from the top of the rock are spectacular and again there are numerous photo opportunities.
Please Note: The climb to the top of Skellig Michael is quite steep with about 650 steps to traverse. However, if you take reasonable care, it is not too difficult or dangerous but you do need a moderate degree of fitness. But you have plenty time so there is noneed to rush.
These landing tours usually take about 5 hours but this may vary depending on the tour operator and weather conditions.
There are a number of licensed tour operators in the area around Ballinskelligs, Portmagee, Valentia and Caherdaniel. To meet the increased demand 13 new licences have been granted so it will be easier to organise Skellig Michael Boat Trips from now on.
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We will add information on where to book Skellig Michael Boat Trips shortly.