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Ring of Kerry Day Tour
"We cordially invite you to join with us on our motorcoach tour of this enchanting peninsula and share in its history geography culture stories and folklore. This is an ideal opportunity for you to forget about the left hand side of the road for a day and relax in worry free comfort. Free rental car parking availble at our depot in Ross Castle Road for the duration of the Ring of Kerry d which departs everyday of the year except Christmas Day and New Years Day. The Ring of Kerry is usually done in an anti-clockwise direction along the banks of the River Laune to Killorglin via Glenbeigh Kells
From EUR25.00
 
Ring of Kerry Day Tour
"We cordially invite you to join with us on our motorcoach tour of this enchanting peninsula and share in its history geography culture stories and folklore. This is an ideal opportunity for you to forget about the left hand side of the road for a day and relax in worry free comfort. Free rental car parking availble at our depot in Ross Castle Road for the duration of the Ring of Kerry d which departs everyday of the year except Christmas Day and New Years Day. The Ring of Kerry is usually done in an anti-clockwise direction along the banks of the River Laune to Killorglin via Glenbeigh Kells
From EUR25.00
 
Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Kenmare
"The ""Ring of Kerry"" is a spectacular scenic route in south west Ireland. A private tour with us is the best way to enjoy all the sights and scenery the route has to offer. You can fully be in charge of the itinerary. Compared with coach tours we can make more stops (of your choice) and travel to places where buses have no access.The Ring of Kerry is a world-famous route following the N70 N71 and R562 roads in a circular direction around the Iveragh peninsula. The route starts in the town Killarney and passes through the towns and villages of (in order): Killorglin Cahersiveen Waterville Sneem Kenmare
From EUR56.00

Skellig Islands Tips (4)

LITTLE SKELLIG AND SKELLIG MICHAEL

By taking the detour and following the coast along the Skellig Ring road, we could see the Skellig Islands clearly.

They are two small, steep, and rocky islands lying about 13 km west of Bolus Head on the Iveragh Peninsula.

The larger of the two is Skellig Michael (also known as Great Skellig) and the other is Little Skellig.

Skellig Michael is a UNESCO World Heritage site as it has a 6th century Christian monastery perched 160 m above sea level on a ledge close to the top of the lower peak. It is easy to spot which island is which, as not only is one larger, but Skellig Michael has two peaks rising over 230 m above sea level.

The smaller of the two islands is Little Skellig. The island is closed to the public so you will only be able to see by boat Ireland's largest northern gannet colony with almost 30,000 pairs. It's one of the world's largest breeding colonies and is of international importance.

Both Skellig islands are known for their seabird colonies, and together are one of the most important seabird sites in Ireland.
Birds seen here are
The Gannet
The Puffin
The Arctic Tern
The Black Guillemot
Herring Gull
The Razorbill
The Fulmar
The Manx Shearwater
The Cormorant
The Guillemot

On Skellig Michael alone is a population of around 4,000 Atlantic Puffins.

In the surrounding waters are Grey seals. Basking sharks, Minke whales, Dolphins , Beaked whale, and leatherback sea turtles.

For those of you who dive, this is the place to come to see an abundance of life in the clear water.

Tours come to the island
http://skelligislands.com/
http://www.skelligsrock.com/

BE AWARE the island is open from mid-May to the end of September, weather permitting.
The island is closed at all other times.

I was terribly disappointed as we came in May and were a week too early, so check with the Information centre before planning your trip. At least we had good views of the Skelligs from our car.


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balhannah
Oct 21, 2016

Skellig Islands - MUST SEE

Skelling Islands are 2 rocks in Atlantic ocean, close to the Iveragh peninsula.

Both of them are just stunning even though I saw them while raining.

Skellig Michael is a monastic site and Small Skellig is a home to a huge colony of birds. There is also the 3rd island, but tours don't go there.

You can land on Skellig Michael and it is worth to have a walk arround. Even during the rainy day, it was worth of strolling arround.
On Skellig Michael live lots of seagulls and puffins. Gulls are very tame. They even approach people and let them come close.
To take a foto of a puffin on the other hand, 1 has to be very patient and lucky. Puffins fly very fast and usually stop on a rock quite far away from people.

You cannot land on Small Skellig, but boats are passing by slowly and you can see lots of birds.

I was there at the end of July. Probably in some other parts of the year, there are not that many birds as in summer.

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EPoodle
Sep 12, 2007

Skellig Rocks

After all my numerous visits to Kerry I've still not been able to get a boat to take me out to the Skellig Rocks. It's the one thing in Ireland that I most want to do still.

The Skellig Rocks are two islands 12km off coast in the atlantic. One of these, Skellig Michael have been a monastic complex since the 7th century.

If the weather looks even just a bit threatening no boats will leave for the island. This is quite often the case - which makes it even that more a phenomena how people could live there for many centuries.

No wonder it's a UNESCO world heritage site.

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Deefstes
Feb 26, 2003

THE SKELLIGS:
A trip to...

THE SKELLIGS:

A trip to another world
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 you can go to for a day trip. It's a paradise full of birds, breathtaking views and history...

It's so unbelieveable and such a great experience to go there - I'm running out of superlatives...check my Skelligs travelogue for more!

sabsi
Aug 24, 2002
 
 
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