Addressing Frequently Asked Questions about Skellig Michael

Skellig Islands and Tour these Stunning Landmarks

Skellig Michael is a stunning and picturesque island, located just off the coast of County Kerry in Ireland. It’s renowned for its stunning landscape, and natural wildlife plus it’s steeped in history. As we consider venturing to this enchanting island, it’s only natural for questions to arise. Here at Skellig Coast Adventures have put together this post, to tackle some of the most common queries that travellers have before their trip. We aim to provide you with insights that will heighten your excitement, and deepen your appreciation of Skellig Michael. 

How Many Steps Are There?

Skellig Michael features over 600 ancient stone steps, that are carefully carved into its steep cliffs and lead visitors to the summit where the monastic site is located. These steps are a significant part of the pilgrimage to the island, and add to the sense of adventure and challenge for those making the ascent. Its advisable to be reasonably fit to climb the steep steps on Skellig Michael, as it can be physically demanding for those with health concerns. 

Can You Visit the Island?

Yes, you can visit Skellig Michael. It’s only accessible by boat, and you can visit it by booking a landing tour to the island where you’ll be taken around by a guide. The island typically only welcomes visitors when there is good weather present, due to its remote location and challenging terrain. Boat trips to the island usually operate from May to October, allowing visitors to explore the island during these months. Its recommended to book your trip in advance, as they get booked up fast.

Is There a 2nd Island?

There are indeed two Skellig Islands; Skellig Michael and Little Skellig. Skellig Michael, the larger of the two, is the one that you’re able to visit. Its famous for its ancient monastic settlement, and dramatic cliffs. There’s also Little Skellig, located approximately 1.5 kilometres to the northeast of Skellig Michael. Its renowned for its seabird colonies, including one of the worlds largest gannet populations, and if strictly off-limits to the public to protect this wildlife. 

What is its History?

Skellig Michael boasts a rich and captivating history that traces back to the early Christian period. The island is renowned for its ancient monastic settlement, believed to have been established by Irish monks in the 6th or 7th century AD. For over 600 years, monks inhabited the island, seeking solitude and spiritual contemplation amidst its remote and rugged landscape. Their monastery features stone beehive huts, oratories, and terraced gardens. Today, these ruins offer a glimpse into Ireland’s ancient past and the resilience of its early Christian communities. 

What Wildlife Can You Find?

Despite its harsh environment, Skellig Michael teems with diverse wildlife which makes many people want to visit it. Its home to a huge array of wildlife, both on land and in surrounding waters. You can find Atlantic puffins, northern gannets, razorbills, and kittiwakes on or around the island. You might also spot seals lounging on the island’s rocky shores, or dolphins frolicking in the surrounding seas. 

How Much Does it Cost?

The cost of visiting Skellig Michael can vary depending on the tour operator that you choose.

Here at Skellig Coast Adventures, our landing tours to Skellig Michael cost €125, and that includes the boat journey to and from the island as well as the guided landing tour you get around it. However prices can change depending on the tour operator you choose, so its good to take a look at what comes included in the price you pay. 

Is it Safe to Visit?

Exploring Skellig Michael’s rugged terrain and dramatic cliffs can be challenging, but guided tours prioritize visitor safety. It’s crucial to follow the guidance of experienced guides, who will safely lead you around the island and prevent you from traversing any hazardous areas. Additionally, wearing suitable footwear that provides grip and support for climbing steps and navigating uneven terrain is essential. Opt for comfortable and breathable clothing to ensure a pleasant and enjoyable experience during your visit.

What is the Best Time to Visit?

The best time to visit Skellig Michael is during the summer months when boat trips operate regularly, and the weather is generally more favourable. May to October offers the most opportunities for landing on the island and exploring its wonders. However, it’s essential to check weather forecasts and tour availability before planning your visit.

Whether you’re captivated by its rich history, breathtaking scenery, or sense of adventure, a visit to this remote Irish island promises a totally unique experience. If you’re looking for a tour operator to book your trip to Skellig Michael with, why not choose Skellig Coast Adventures? We make it easy for you to explore the stunning Skellig Islands with us and experience everything they have to offer. 

Operating on the beautiful Skellig Coast in South Kerry, we provide landing tours to Skellig Michael and eco tours of the Skellig Coast. With over 50 years of experience providing our boat tours, you can trust that you’ll have a truly enjoyable experience. With our expert tour guides, fleet of 4 vessels, and a wealth of experience, we provide some of the best tours of Skellig Michael available; all at an affordable price. 

Experience the Skellig Landing Tour, a truly unique opportunity to ascend the steps of Skellig Michael while learning about its fascinating history. Our knowledgeable guides will fill you with stories and insights, providing an enriching educational experience. Embrace this adventure aboard one of our four vessels, where our dedicated boat crews ensure a memorable journey at sea. With a duration of five hours, the tour offers ample time to engage yourself in exploration and discovery on Skellig Michael. Alternatively, opt for our Eco Tour to admire the island’s beauty from the comfort of our boat. Why not visit our website and book your adventure with us today?

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