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Skellig Experience

  • R565 Map It
  • Valentia Island

Published 08/11/2015

Fodor's Review

Located on Valentia Island, just across the bridge from Portmagee, the Skellig Experience offers an alternative for the less adventurous traveler. This center contains exhibits on local birdlife, the history of the lighthouse and keepers, and the life and work of the early Christian monks. There's also a 15-minute audiovisual show that allows you to "tour" the Skelligs without leaving dry land—although the center does offer a 90-minute non-landing cruise around the islands. But if you're up for it, don't miss the boat ride from Portmagee that lets you land on the rocks; Skellig Michael is something you won't soon forget.

Sight Information


R565, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry, Ireland

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Sight Details:

  • €5, cruise €27.50
  • May–June and Sept., daily 10–6; July–Aug., daily 10–7; Mar.–Apr. and Oct.–Nov., daily 10–5

Published 08/11/2015


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