Skellig Michael Eco Tour Cruise

Book an Eco Tour Boat Trip Around the Skellig Islands

This is the perfect tour for

  • Those who can’t secure a Skellig Michael landing tour but still want to see the Skellig Islands up close
  • The budget-conscious; tours are less than half the price of a landing tour.
  • Families with young children; many boats won’t accept young children on their landing tours
  • Anyone who is interested in the beautiful Skellig coastline and our amazing sea and wildlife, including puffins and dolphins

More details are provided below and in the General and Itinerary tabs of our booking system.

Online Booking

  1. Select the number of participants
  2. Select the date
  3. Press Book Now
  4. Fill in your contact and payment details

Please note: We take your credit card details for security purposes only. Payment for the trip is in cash at the reception area of the Moorings Guesthouse in Portmagee.

Eco Tour Locations

Locations visited include: Skellig Michael, Small Skellig, Puffin Island, Kerry Cliffs base, Bray Head

Eco Tour Departure Times

Trips leave every day at 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. between March 17th and October 15th and at 11:00 a.m. before May 15th. Private charters are also available.

Eco Tour Duration

Trips last 2 and a half hours approximately and include sailing around both Skellig Michael, Small Skellig and Kerry Cliffs.

Wildlife

Dolphins frequently escort the boat out the harbour. Gannets, petrels and various other seabirds are always visible. Puffins between April and July. We've even seen humpback whales.

Family Friendly

Children absolutely love being out in the boat and love when they get to see wildlife like dolphins up close. It's a memory that stays with them for a lifetime. Naturally, small children must also comply with the safety regulations while onboard.

Guide

All trips are guided in clear, easy-to-understand English with lots of individual interaction.

Activities

As well as viewing the sites, we encourage photography and videography.

Safety

Your safety is our primary concern. All passengers are provided with personal life vests and general flotations aids are available at all times. All trips are weather-permitting and please be aware that weather can change from the start of the trip to the end.

Charters

Individual and group charters are available on request. The boat accommodates up to 12 passengers at any one time. We frequently work with diving groups and sports fishermen. Family fishing experiences are also available.

Skellig Michael Eco Tour Itinerary

Leaving from Portmagee Marina, the Eco Tour includes the following:

 

Journey from Portmagee to Skellig Michael

This part of the trip allows you to view:

Pormagee Harbour

Illaunloughan Island, the site of an ancient Christian burial site

Bray Head on Valenitia Island, one of the Wild Atlantic Way’s Signature Points, and the site of Bray Tower, a coastal lookout post from the Napoleonic Wars.

Kerry Cliffs, the stunning coastal cliffs overlooking Portmagee and the Skelligs.

Puffin Island

 

Skellig Coastline Sea and Wildlife

You can also see the rich variety of bird and sea life in the area.

The boat is often accompaied by a pod of dolphins who playfully chase the boat and jump out of the water.

Dive-bombing gannets and our iconic puffins are also visible during the Summer months.

At certain times of the year, you may be fortunate and see either basking sharks or the awesome sight of humpback whales.

 

Circumnavigation of Skellig Michael

This takes in all aspects of the island.

You will see the landing jetty and the Western approach to the island

You can see walls of the monastery at the top of the island and the roofs of the monastic cells that the monks used as their shelter.

You can see the Wailing Woman Rock, made famous in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

You will see the alternate approaches used by the monks to reach the island

Also, the lighthouses created in the 1840s to provide safe passage for ships in the area.

There will be plenty of opportunities to take photos in front of the island.

 

Circumnavigation of Small Skellig (Duration: Approximately 10 minutes)

This is the second largest gannet sanctuary in Europe, containing nearly 20,000 nesting pairs.

Seals are often visible on the island’s rocks.