2.30pm Sea Cruise Around Skellig Michael Without Landing
Our Cruise goes around the Skellig Islands without landing and climbing the Rock. Subject to the weather and sea conditions of the moment, daily sea cruises are available from The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre throughout the season – from April to September. This cruise – generally of two hours duration – adds an optional, extra dimension to your Skellig experience. View them from north, south, east and west.
En route to the islands you will meet the seabirds of Skellig – gannets all season long, puffins from April to early August, as well as kittiwakes, razorbills, guillemots, manx shearwaters, fulmars… In later season keep an eye out for interesting migrants that do not reside in this area: Skuas, Great shearwaters, Sooty shearwaters… And – although there are no guarantees – always hope to see some Bottlenose or Common dolphins, or an elusive Minke whale, or a Basking shark.
Sail slowly by Small Skellig, and try in vain to capture all its 27,000 pairs of gannets on film! You are close enough to note the great volume of hardware that gannets call nest-building material: bits of nets, ropes, weeds, and anything that floats! Check out the rock ledges at sea level to see the island’s company of Grey seals. Low tide and sunny mornings would be their favourite occasions!
Move on towards Skellig Michael. Note the domed rooftops of the monastery buildings high up on the skyline of the 200-metre cliff. See the three ancient stone stairways leading from sea level to the monastic site. Sail southwestwards and the Skellig lighthouse comes into view – which stands some 50 metres above the sea, automatic now but home to lighthouse men and lighthouse families since 1820.
You will be full of Skellig questions along the way. Some Skellig questions, your captain may be able to answer; some Skellig answers you may glean yourself when you return to the exhibition; some Skellig questions have no answers at all; and these you can ponder in your imagination as you enjoy an afternoon coffee on the waterfront veranda of the Skellig Experience restaurant when the cruise is over and the day is nearly done.
Bookings only taken on day of cruise as we wait for sea report each morning.
Family €71.50 (2 adults & 2 children under 12 years)
We do not take bookings for the landing on Skellig Michael Boat Trips. Please contact private boatmen. Contact details on the local information page.
If the weather and conditions out at sea are unsuitable for our Skellig Cruise, there may be the option of a Skellig-related cruise within the sheltered waters of Valentia harbour and Portmagee Channel from the Skellig Experience Visitor Centre. This 45-minute cruise titled “A glimpse of the Skelligs and a touch of the ocean”. It takes in the monastic settlements of Illaunloughan, Long island and Bray Head, has a glimpse at the Skelligs in the distance, a look at some of the seabirds and estuary life, and heads back to base as soon as you have felt the movement of the real ocean under your feet!