A Tourist’s Guide to the Wildlife on the Skellig Islands

Wildlife on the Skellig Islands

The Skellig Islands are two breathtaking islands off the coast of County Kerry, Ireland, offering visitors an array of wildlife, spectacular scenery, and a truly unique experience. These two rocky islands are home to some of the most remarkable bird and marine wildlife in the world – from gannets and puffins to seals, dolphins and whales, the islands are a haven for a range of wildlife species.

Whether you’re a nature lover, a bird watcher, or are just looking for an unique day trip, the Skellig Islands will be sure to not disappoint. We have put together this post, to bring you a guide to the wildlife that you might experience on the Skellig Islands during your visit. To learn more about visiting the Skellig Islands, why not head over to our website?


The Skellig Islands are home to thousands of birds, with so many different species you can spot during your visit. You can expect to see European Storm Petrels, Northern Gants, Black-Legged Kittiwakes, Common Guillemots, Razorbills, Atlantic Puffins both in the air and nestling on the islands. Both of the Skellig Islands are very well known for their seabird colonies, and together they comprise one of the most important seabird sites in Ireland. Make sure to bring your binoculars if you have some to spot some of these beautiful birds up close, and a camera to capture some pictures. 

Dolphins, Sharks, and Whales 

During your boat trip around the islands, you might also get a glimpse of dolphins, sharks and whales. They are wary of boats, but if you’re lucky then you might get a chance to spot them. There have been several species of dolphins seen around the islands before, including Risso dolphins and Bottlenose dolphins. You might be able to spot some dorsal fins near the Skelligs, especially on a beautiful day. Whales and sharks have also been spotted around the islands too, with Minke whales being seen all year round and Humpback whales during the April to November months most commonly. Make sure to keep an eye out.

Seals and Turtles

You can also get to see seals and turtles when you tour around the Skellig Islands. Seals are smart and intuitive mammals that are found in oceans throughout the world, from polar regions to tropical regions to the Skellig Islands. You can commonly see seals when you take a boat trip to or around the islands, and they often haul out on the island’s edges. You can also sometimes see Leatherback Sea Turtles too, which are the largest of all living turtles and the deepest diving turtle too.

Looking to Visit the Skellig Islands?

If you’re looking to visit the Skellig Islands and see some of the wonderful wildlife that calls the seas and islands their home, then why not book a trip with Skellig Coast Adventures? You’ll get to see some incredible species of birds, as well as dolphins, whales, seals, sharks, turtles and other wildlife

We provide a truly immersive experience and promise that you will get to explore and experience everything that the islands has to offer. We have two tours to choose from including the Skellig Michael Landing Tour and the Skellig Michael Eco Tour; both allowing you to enjoy beautiful views, amazing wildlife, and stunning scenery. 

Should you wish to travel to Skellig Michael, disembark our vessel and explore the island and all of its history then our Landing Tour is ideal. You’ll be guided around the island by an expert tour guide who will tell you all of the history, tales and stories about the island, and get to explore it by foot. Or, if you’re looking for a boat tour where you can experience the views and wildlife that live on the coast then our Eco Tour is the most appropriate option.

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