Skellig Michael

28 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type


Date of travel

May, 2017

Product name

Product country

Product city

Travelled with

Adult family

Reasons for trip

One of the highlights of our trip along the Wild Atlantic Way, the beautiful, raw Skellig Michael Island. A World Heritage Site made even more famous thanks to the filming of a Star Wars scene set on the island. Originally four monks rowed out to the island to set up a monastery.

Rising majestically from the sea, Skellig Michael towers 714ft (218 metres) above sea level. We stayed two nights in The Ferry Boat Guesthouse in Portmagee. (Portmagee, Co. Kerry, Ireland Phone: +353 86 398 6984)

The boats trips out to the island sail from Portmagee. We paid 75 Euro each for the trip which allows three hours on the island and takes just over an hour to get there. We booked in advance via our guesthouse.

Skellig Michael is also home to hundreds of puffins and gulls. The puffins are quite tourist friendly and allow you to take photo`s close to them. Such a honour to watch these little birds busy about their day.

The steps to the top of Skellig Michael are simply slabs of rock, there is nothing to hold onto on the way up. The same steps have to accommodate everyone coming down too. It is a frightening experience and not for the faint hearted. Its worth noting there are no toilets on the island so go easy on the coffee before you leave your hotel. We got completely soaked on the boat trip back even though we were given some waterproofs by the skipper.

Take a change of clothes if you are not staying very close to the harbour.

Portmagee itself is a lovely place with just a few places to eat and the fabulous Kerry cliffs just a few miles walk away.


Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.