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The boat to Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael 1
Skellig Michael and the Skellig islands
Irish Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

The boat to Skellig Michael

During the summer last year I finally achieved a long ambition, to visit Skellig Michael and the Skellig islands some 16 kilometres off the county Kerry coast line, Ireland.

These Islands are full of mystery and mythology from the distant past, a history that goes back to before the 8th and 9th century.

Wikipedia : Skellig Michael

In my next post I will show lots of images taken on the island that show the walk from the landing point to the Pre-Monastic settlement at the very top, but here I just wanted to show the boat trip out to Skellig Michael itself.

There are many fishing towns around county kerry and west Cork that run boat trips out to the islands and we got our boat from the town of Portmagee on the ring of kerry.

You can see from the images below that there are about eight boats that do the daily trip out from Portmagee. There is only one trip a day, however the trip is very dependant on the weather and sea conditions , if the tide or swell of the water is to high then landing at the small quays on Skellig Michael is not possible, we were lucky on our day that both these needed conditions were perfect.

The trip out takes about an hour and we had some great company with us along the way with people from America and Canada along with us on the boat. This helped past the time very quickly and it was great to meet people who had a common interest in getting out to see the same location.

As you approach the Islands you pass the first of the two Skellig’s an Island that has only even been occupied by sea birds and almost every inch of the rocks here are covered in nesting birds. The sight and sound was just wonderful as we passed. Beyond here you have about another 20 mins before you can land on Skellig Michael itself, waiting your turn along with many other boats to land.

The trip is one of the most memorable boat journeys I have done, the views towards the Islands and back toward the Kerry coast line and the ring of Kerry are spectacular. You can see both these Islands from the coast line yet when you arrive and look back you feel very distant from the coast, the people who lived out here had a very remote existence considering the boats they used had no engines to speed up there journey.

Skellig Michael

The boat to Skellig Michael Gallery

Skellig Michael 9

Skellig Michael 4

Skellig Michael 5

Skellig Michael 6

Skellig Michael 7

Skellig Michael 3

Skellig Michael 2

Skellig Michael 8

Skellig Michael 10

13 responses

  1. Looks like a wonderful place. I look forward to the next post. I think your Wikipedia link is wrong.

    April 2, 2014 at 3:59 pm

  2. Hello πŸ™‚

    Thank you 1!!

    Updated and linking now !!!

    April 2, 2014 at 4:02 pm


    April 2, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    • Hello πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you !!!

      Very pleased you enjoyed the post and trip πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      April 2, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      • I appreciate being taken along. πŸ™‚

        April 3, 2014 at 1:30 am

  4. What a great post, Nigel.

    It’s fun to ride boats to mysterious places :-). Thanks for sharing your journey.

    April 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    • Hello Sharon πŸ™‚

      A pleasure to share the trip πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      April 2, 2014 at 4:21 pm


    Reblogged this on Bampots Utd.

    April 2, 2014 at 6:06 pm

  6. Amazing place, and captured to perfection.

    April 2, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    • Hello Aidy πŸ™‚

      Thank you , That’s a welcomed and very kind comment πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Very pleased you enjoyed !!!!

      April 3, 2014 at 1:41 pm

  7. poppytump

    Love the painted houses .. the cragginess … looks a popular trip Nigel !

    April 3, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    • Hello Poppy πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Yes Portmagee, is just wonderful : ) Lots of arts and crafts goin gon , you would love it !!!!

      April 4, 2014 at 2:30 pm

  8. Photos portray the experience well – remind me of a trip I made to the Farne Island

    April 4, 2014 at 6:39 pm

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