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Skellig Rocks Portmagee

The Skellig Rocks, Skellig Michael (Great Skellig) and Little Skellig, are towering sea crags rising from the Atlantic Ocean almost 7miles west of the Ivereagh Peninsula in County Kerry. On the western edge of the Europe, Skellig Michael was the chosen destination for a small group of ascetic monks who, in their pursuit of greater union with God, withdrew from civilisation to this remote and inaccessible place. Some time between the sixth and eight centuries, a monastery was founded on this precipitous rock giving rise to one of the most dramatic examples of the extremes of Christian monasticism. 

Boats  departs daily from Portmagee marina at approximately 10:00am, weather permitting. The boat trip to the Skelligs takes 45 minutes and you have between 2 hours and 2 hours 30 minutes on the rock. The boat stops for a while at the Little Skelligs to allow you to view the bird colony and seals. The return boat trip lasts a further 45 minutes and you are back in Portmagee at around 3 o’ clock.