Portmagee Things to Do
Skelligs consist of two 'unreal' islands - Skellig Michael (Sceilg Mhicíl) and Little Skellig (Sceilg Bheag) . Latter one is populated by more than 20000 gannets - the white colour of the rock looks like a different kind of stone from the distance, when you look closer it's all white birds and what they left behind!!! Skellig Michael is the island...more
The Skellig experienceThe Skellig heritage centre is a good place to go to after having been to the Skelligs to get more impression about the monks, birds or the lighthouse people who lived there. But don't think the Experience is replacement for making the trip over to the rock itself! You can go on a boat from the visitor centre which brings you...more
2 Hotels in Portmagee
All the food served in this pub seemed very tasty! As Portmagee is such a small place we were amazed that they offer such a big selection of food actually. Apart from that the pub is nothing special really - but locals seemed to like it! I had a lovely and huge portion of Fish & Chips. It was excellent - especially after the long day on Skellig...more
Getting to Skellig Michael is a big...
The quickest way to get to Skellig is to take the boat by Murphy Sea Cruise.
It only takes 55 minutes from Portmagee. The boat leaves Portmagee at 10:30 a.m. - better ring before to make sure the boat will go. It only goes when the sea is calm enough (which still isn't really calm! Actually it can get quite rough, that's why the boats are open so that people don't get sick too easily!!!)
You will find out more about the tour on the Murphy's website. The phone number to reserve is: 066-9477156 or 087-2342168(mobile). The trip costs 25 IEP - and it worth every penny!
After arriving at Blind Man's Cove on Skellig Michael you will have approx. 3 hours to explore the island (dependant on the weather) before the boat will pick you up and bring you back to Portmagee.
Portmagee Local Customs
Map of the area
Here's a map I made of the places I am talking about.... it shows you the Ring of Kerry and the Skellig Ring - the little dots on the left are the Skelligs.
Portmagee Warnings and Dangers
Watch out for Kerry drivers ;-) If they overtake you with 90 mph on a very narrow street you sometimes think your final day has come ;-) On some places of Skellig Ring you are lucky if you don't meet anybody. Road can get very narrow here!
Portmagee What to Pack
What to bring to Skellig Michael
Luggage and bags: I was happy to have brought a waterproof backpack. Without it everything I have brought would have been wet after the cruise to Skellig Michael!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hiking boots will help you climb the 680 stairs up to the top! Bring weatherprove clothes for the boat trip, I was soaked when we arrived at Skellig Michael because all the seaspray hit me. The boatmen normally have lovely army clothes to borrow you when they expect a rough crossing though!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you get seasick easily and you have some pills that help you maybe you would want to take one pill before going...
Photo Equipment: Take loads of films!!!! You wouldn't want to run out of films in a special place like this! And a zoom is perfect for taking pictures of all the cute puffins!
Miscellaneous: There is no shop, no toilet, ... hmmmm ... actually nothing on the island!!! Be prepared!Related to:
- Adventure Travel
Portmagee Off The Beaten Path
Just off the very touristy Ring of Kerry you will find deserted landscapes, breathtaking views and narrow roads that bring you nowhere.
This pic is taken at the old pier of St. Finian's Bay.... a wonderful place! You can see the Skelligs in the background!
But shhhhh, this place is a secret! And there is a secret travelogue on my Co. Kerry page ;-)
Picnic with a puffin
Fondest memory: Having a picnic with a lovely little puffin on Skellig Michael! We shared a biscuit...until a seagull came to disturb us...Related to: