Is Skellig Michael Worth it? Things You Need to Know (2024)

My answer to the question “Is Skellig Michael worth it?” is – it depends. There are some essential things you need to know before visiting Skellig Michael.

Is Skellig Michael Worth it?

Deciding if a trip to Skellig Michael is worth it for YOU is important to decide before your trip. For adventurous travelers, doing a Skellig Michael landing tour is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – for others, it could be best to visit the Skellig Michael experience instead or take a Skellig Michael eco tour instead of a landing tour. In this post, I will help you decide if Skellig Michael is worth it for you based on my experience!

Things you need to know before visiting Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael island

Climbing Skellig – is Skellig Michael dangerous?

While Skellig Michael is an alluring destination to visit and has an incredibly rich history, visiting the Skellig Islands does not come without dangers. Skellig boat tours are subject to the current weather conditions, with sometimes rough seas and potential last-minute changes to your trip itinerary. Many travelers who come to Skellig are wary of how dangerous Skellig Michael may be. When you land on the island, there is uneven terrain, a challenging ascent (for some), and narrow stone steps in some places, and let’s not forget there are no handrails in most places on the climb!

Despite these hazards, preparing for your trip thoroughly by following and following the island guide and Skellig boat tour safety instructions reduces these risks dramatically and can ensure a safe and rewarding visit to Skellig Michael.

Is Skellig Michael hard to climb?

If you’re wondering if Skellig Michael is hard to climb, I can tell you that the climb on the island can look quite challenging. If you have a fear of heights, it can seem intimidating. But don’t let that discourage you! By taking things at a pace that feels good to you and listening to the safety guide on the island, most people can make the climb successfully.

Skellig Michael steps

The Skellig Michael stairs are uneven in parts, as they were made while monks inhabited the Skellig islands in the 6th to 12th centuries. There are 618 steps to the top of Skellig Michael.

Are there bathrooms on Skellig Michael?

In 2024, there is now a bathroom on Skellig Michael. No need to worry about this! A bathroom was added and is available to use as soon as you land on Skellig Michael and it is recommended to use it if you need to before climbing to the top of Skellig Michael.

Why do people visit Skellig Michael?

Skellig Michael is a very special UNESCO World Heritage site and gives you a special glimpse into the lives of early monks who braved the rough seas seeking solitude and spiritual connection. While worth seeing for that alone, some people come to Skellig Michael as well for its now-famous connection to the Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

โ›ตHow to visit Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael boat tours

Skellig Michael Tours

The main way people visit the Skellig Islands is through Skellig Michael boat tours – landing tours and eco tours. These Skellig Michael boat tours take off from the Portmagee marina. Perfect for a day trip, Portmagee is a picturesque fishing town off of the Ring of Kerry, in County Kerry.

An important thing to keep in mind before visiting Skellig Michael is that there is potential for seasickness. If you know that you are prone to seasickness or are worried about that, there are non-drowsy remedies you can take beforehand.

Skellig Michael eco tours

Is a Skellig Michael eco tour worth it?

If you feel comfortable going out on a boat, but think you may not want to try to make the climb, a Skellig Michael eco tour is a great alternative to a Skellig Michael landing tour! These tours circle the Skellig Islands by boat and take a look at the islands and the wildlife living on the islands. Eco tours are about 2.5 hours and are great for a shorter trip to the Skellig Islands if you are driving the Ring of Kerry and don’t have a full day to visit Skellig Michael.

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What is the cost of visiting Skellig Michael?

Skellig Michael boat tours vary in price. The average cost of a landing tour in 2024 is $130 per person. For more budget option, Skellig Michael eco tours around the Skellig Islands cost less, at around $95 per person. For me, the cost of visiting the Skellig Islands was well worth it!

๐ŸŒป What season to visit Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael puffins

Timing Your Visit: when is Skellig Michael open to visitors?

Skellig Michael is open to visitors starting every year in mid-May. Skellig Michael boat tours run from April to the end of September. I took the trip in September! I recommend booking early, since boat trips to Skellig can be booked up quickly, and there are a limited amount of boat operators that can go to the island.

When is the season for puffins on Skellig Michael?

If you want to see puffins on Skellig Michael, you must visit between April and August. Puffins come back to Skellig Michael in the spring starting in and begin to leave the island starting in August. On my trip to Skellig Michael in September, there were no puffins – so plan accordingly!

Skellig Michael - Little Skellig

๐Ÿ“Where is Skellig Michael in Ireland?

Skellig Michael is located off the coast of Ireland in County Kerry which is in southwestern Ireland.

To figure out if Skellig Michael is worth it for your trip, you need to understand that it may be out of the way for you, depending on where you are traveling and how long you are staying in Ireland.

Kerry, Ireland

How far is Skellig Michael from the mainland?

Skellig Michael is located about 7.5 miles off the coast of Ireland. Skellig Michael boat tours depart from Portmagee.

Can you see Skellig Michael from the mainland?

You can see Skellig Michael in the distance from the Kerry Cliffs, which are about 15 minutes by car from the Portmagee marina. However, due to weather conditions, it may not be visible from the Kerry cliffs.

Kerry Cliffs

How far is Skellig Michael from Dublin?

To get to the Portmagee Marina to take a boat tour to Skellig Michael from Dublin, you would need to rent a car at some point in your journey. Dublin is about five hours away from Portmagee by car.

On our first visit to Ireland, we took a train from Dublin to Killarney and rented a car there to drive to Portmagee.

Is Skellig Michael near Dingle?

Skellig Michael is about two hours from Dingle by car. There are no boat trips from Dingle to Skellig Michael. You must depart from Portmagee to Skellig Michael.

What do you need to bring for a Skellig Michael boat tour?

Skellig Michael Monastery

The main thing I recommend packing is a good waterproof jacket. When I went, it was lightly raining which is very common in Ireland, and on the boat, there is potential for sea spray. The other thing I would recommend having is good walking shoes or boots.

So, is Skellig Michael worth visiting?

Skellig Michael steps

My personal answer is yes, Skellig Michael is worth it even though I was nervous about the stairs, the boat ride, and everything in between before I went! It was an unforgettable experience that I will always remember. In fact, I dream of going back to see the puffins!

Whether you decide to do a landing tour, take an eco tour, or try to spot Skellig Michael from the Kerry Cliffs, I hope that this post highlighting whether Skellig Michael is worth it helps you make an informed decision about whether Skellig Michael is worth it for YOU.

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