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Address: Ballinskellig Boats, Ballinskelligs 123 456, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 86 417 6612

The fastest day trips to land at Skellig Michael depart from Ballinskelligs...

The fastest day trips to land at Skellig Michael depart from Ballinskelligs pier each day at 11am. We also operate the only covered boat to Skelligs. Only 150 persons are allowed to land at this UNESCO world heritage site daily.The monks originally departed from Ballinskelligs in the 6th century and settled back at the Abbey in the 12th century. We also offer diving trips in the crystal clear water and sea angling trips departing at 1030 each day.

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There are few boats that are authorized to go into Skellig. The operator was very responsive to my emails and questions. Some other responses in tripadvisor say that he was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 September 2015
Hinsdale, IL
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

It's my personal philosophy to never give a one-star review unless it's truly warranted and to save others from a terrible mistake. These operators have lost their permit yet have kept taking reservations and asking for a wire deposit. They offered to return my funds but can't seem to "find" them, even though I have confirmation from my bank. If... More 

7 Thank Siobhan D
The Villages, Florida
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130 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

We have not done this boat tour....but tried with email to find out info....on there reply I was very disappointed with them. On making a reservations they are willing to hold seats by me paying a non refundable admin charge. Also any enquires are answered free of charge, however any further emails they want to charge 16.00 paid to pay... More 

6 Thank Deb1028
Genoa, Italy
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

I could not recommend a trip to the Skellig's more! They are incredible. Be prepared for a bumpy ride out there but once you land, you'll be blown away by the beauty, history, views and life on the island. The drive to Ballinskellig is beautiful, give yourself plenty time so that you're not rushing for the boat. The guys running... More 

1 Thank vocancelliere
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Stay away at all costs! Rude replies to emails for starters. Secondly, they are taking "reservations" when they have been DENIED their permit renewals. The kicker is that they keep your down payment regardless of whether they get approved or not--SCAM. Furthermore, if you have any questions they have the nerve to CHARGE you to respond to your emails because... More 

6 Thank Thomas S
Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

Other reviews have stated that you should get in contact the night before because the time might change. Only problem was I did check the night before as well as a bunch of other people left standing on the pier for hours. When someone finally answered the call it was to say that he had left and come back already,... More 

6 Thank dafo43
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

First off, I’d like to say this is first negative post on trip advisor. But, I thought it had to be done. My experience with Ballinskelligs Boats did not go very far and in retrospect, I’m happy it ended up this way from reading some other comments on here. I first contacted the company for book a landing trip to... More 

12 Thank Yarl100
Ennis, Ireland
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2015

The operator will indicate no deposit was made and hence I have no recourse. This has merit as yes I did not pay but arrived early on the day to do this and it was indicated in several calls and emails there was no issues with space on the day and 2-4 spots were generally available and the boat would... More 

10 Thank 790gus
Hinsdale, IL
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70 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2015

There are few boats that are authorized to go into Skellig. The operator was very responsive to my emails and questions. Some other responses in tripadvisor say that he was rude, but I did not see that. I saw a businessman that is very direct and straightforward with the way he operates his business. I was fortunate to get a... More 

5 Thank techmom64
Westport, Ireland
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40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Great experience, well worth the €60 per person trip.Skelligs is well worth a visit ,but not for the faint hearted - if you are afraid of heights. Friendly boatman, good boat . Anchor Siveen was the name of the boat we were on Ower Paul Derrane

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seandive, General Manager at Ballinskelligs Boats, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We learn from feedback from genuine reviews. We also need customers like yourself to be in business at all. Thanks again. More 

Culver City, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

I was pretty nervous about this boat trip after some of the reviews I had read, but I had nothing to worry about. Please make sure you check your email or call the night before. We called the morning before our boat ride and found that it had been moved from 1 pm to 10:30 am, which we would have... More 

3 Thank painttheangels
seandive, Director of Sales at Ballinskelligs Boats, responded to this review

Gosh we are sorry if you felt shortchanged. Unfortunately boats are not cruise ships.There are a total of 14 boats go from various ports. None have cushions simply because seas are slightly rough most of the time. Salt water destroys cushions as well as soaking into them resulting in wet bottoms!. Even on what we would consider calm days there... More 

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