Meeting the Puffins on Skellig Michael: Co Kerry


A trip to Skellig Michael sometimes includes a rough sea crossing, but a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site proves to be one of the most unforgettable experiences in Ireland. The island rises sharply out of the ocean and visitors are able to climb over 600 feet above sea level along stone stairs that were carved and placed by monks over 1,000 years ago. At the top are the remains of a monastery with beehive huts, cemetery, and even old gardens.

Arrive between March and early August and you’ll get to see the colony of puffins that breed on the island each year. The trip to Skellig Michael also includes a trip around Little Skellig, another island known for is seabirds, seals, and dolphins. Note that some Skellig cruises only tour around the two islands and don’t actually stop, so be sure you check before booking if you want to visit the island.

This site is absolutely not recommended for visitors with mobility limitations or serious fear of heights (those with a fear of water or birds probably wouldn’t enjoy this site much either ;)

Puffins at Skellig Michael - photo by Corey TaratutaPuffins at Skellig Michael – photo by Corey Taratuta

Written by Corey Taratuta

Corey Taratuta

Corey hosts the Irish Fireside podcast and blog. His writing appears on www.Lonely Planet.com and www.WanderingEducators.com, he has been nominated for Irish Blog and Web Awards, and his Irish travel program ranks in the iTunes Top 50 Travel Podcasts. Corey’s Tips | Website

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