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 Arctic Tern
The Black Guillemot
The Manx Shearwater
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
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.
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.
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.
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!