For many of our guests, a trip to the Skelligs is the unexpected highlight of their holiday to Kerry. Some guests come to Iskeroon’s holiday accommodation specifically to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, others go on our recommendation, never having heard of the Skellig Islands. Either way, they come back astounded.
Skellig Michael and the Little Skellig are two islands which rise sheer out of the Atlantic, five miles off the Kerry coast. Six hundred feet above the sea are the remains of an expertly restored 6th century monastic settlement, complete with beehive huts, oratory and terraced garden.
If you like the sea and the weather is good, then we strongly recommend you go. A boat leaves Bunavalla Pier, five minutes walk from Iskeroon, and takes an hour and a half to get to the islands. Alternatively, you can drive to Port Magee near Valentia and take a shorter boat ride.
The white appearance of Little Skellig is due to the fact that it is the second largest of the world’s 23 gannet colonies. Depending on the time of year, you can see puffins, razorbills, guillemots, kittiwakes, seals, dolphins, maybe even a basking shark.
The video clip above is taken from a programme made by Iskeroon’s owner David, a television producer. It shows the Skelligs boat leaving from Bunavalla Pier in Derrynane Harbour, five minutes’ walk from Iskeroon. The clip begins with a good view of Iskeroon and pulls out to reveal Derrynane Harbour, the Kenmare River and the Beara Peninsula in the distance. During the clip the presenter, Clodagh McKenna, interviews the island’s chief guide.