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Posted by on Jul 27, 2010 in Ancient, Historic, Outdoor, Religious, Scenery, Southwest | 8 comments

Journey to Skellig Michael with Puffins, Dolphins and Seals

I’m prone to seasickness and have an aversion to heights, so I’m not quite sure why I was drawn to a boat ride into the Atlantic and then climbing 618 cliffside stairs to reach the top of Skellig Michael.

Yes, I was having second thoughts as the woman next to me heaved her breakfast over the edge of the boat, but in the end, it was an amazing experience… 6th Century monastic structures, seals, dolphins and the real scene stealers, the puffins!

I’ll be posting a full written as well as a video post on the journey in the near future, but for now, you’ll have to settle for the short video and photos below…

More About Our Visit to Skellig Michael + Video >>

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8 Comments

  1. This is just what I’ve been looking for.. I am headed to Scotland in May 2011 & want to take a boat trip to see the Puffins on the Isle of May. I can’t wait to see these little creatures.

  2. We didn’t make it out to the Skelligs on our trip – we went in the off season and the boat trips were cancelled due to the weather. We did manage a day on Inishmore (I think it was Inishmore) though. Love the puffins!

  3. I’m so jealous! While I’ve been to “The Skellig Experience” Heritage Centere on Valentia Island several times, I’ve yet to make it actually out to the rocks. Now I want to go even more!!

  4. One of the drawbacks we had with going in October was the weather. Didn’t help that there were lots of hurricanes on the US East Coast that year, and they all seemed to drift over to Ireland as they sputtered out. Lots of rain while we were there. But without the rain, no 40 shades of green. :)

  5. Congratulations, Corey – visiting the Skelligs is some feat, and especially following on your climb up Croagh Patrick. You deserve a rest on level ground in Tipperary. Your photos of the puffins, and the rocky terrain, are gorgeous. Glad it all worked out so well for you!
    Pat

  6. Funnily enough the best weather over the past few years has been April, May and early September. The seas can be rough but on a fast boat it is only a 40-45 minute journey. If seasich this will go after about 20 minutes ashore. Puffins this year arrived in mid May about six weeks later than normal presumably because of the harsh(for Ireland) weather. They are due to leave this week but maybe because of the late arrival they may stay a bit longer-fingers crossed. Thank you for travelling with us from Ballinskelligs. Sean Feehan

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