The Skellig Experience

The Skellig Experience, Valentia Island: Hours, Address, The Skellig Experience Reviews: 4/5

The Skellig Experience
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Nature & Wildlife Areas • History Museums
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
We are a Visitor Centre dedicated to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Skellig Michael. Our Centre teaches you all the history and archaeology of the island through recreations, exhibition items and an ausio visual. We have a fully licensed restaurant onsite where you can enjoy a relaxing meal while overlooking the beautiful fishing village of Portmagee. We also have FREE onsite coach/car parking facilities and a gift shop. During the Summer months we offer cruises out to Skellig Michael. You can choose from our around sea cruise or our landing tours.We would love to welcome you to our Visitor Centre!
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kieran s
1 contribution
Skelligs 10/9/21
Sep. 2021 • Couples
Great trip to the skelligs on timmysboat -the crew are good craic and very accommodating-I recommend the two rear seats for the full experience!. Very interesting and entertaining talks from the guides on skellig Michael.Onshore staff deserve a mention too,very welcoming and informative.Even the weather complied-how fortunate were we
Written 11 September 2021
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Fuchsia
129 contributions
Exhilarating!
Aug. 2021
From the initial phone call re booking to arriving at the centre, we knew we were in safe hands. We were looked after straight away and all the staff were so attentive and caring. The food in the cafe was excellent and served very promptly.

Luckily it was a glorious day, with no winds, so the boat trip was so smooth. Even when we got out of the sheltered bay, it was very smooth all the time. No doubt it is not always like that, and it must be scary when it's not.

The skipper, Darragh, was a lovely informative and friendly man and took very good care of us.

This tip has to be experienced. Photos do not do it justice at all. It was the highlight of our holidays for sure.

Well done to all involved. It was an exhilarating experience.
Written 7 September 2021
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Hello, We would like to thank you for taking the time to writ such a wonderful review, your feedback is greatly appreciated. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your time on tour as well as your experience in our Visitor Centre. We sincerely hope that we can welcome you back again sometime. Have a lovely day! From The Skellig Experience Team
Written 10 September 2021
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eoconnell867
1 contribution
Mind blowing
Sep. 2021
A great experience ,really enjoyed the whole day from start to finish .really left a big impact on me .
Written 6 September 2021
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Hello, Thank you so much for your very kind review, your feedback is greatly appreciated. We hope that we can welcome you back on tour again sometime. All the best, The Skellig Experience Team
Written 10 September 2021
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johfrench
Wexford, Ireland1 contribution
Skellig Experience
Sep. 2021
From John’s phone call on the morning of our trip checking to see how close we were to Valentina to us stepping off the boat after our visit to Skellig Micheal the whole team were fantastic, well worth the trip, go do it, hope you get perfect weather as we did
Written 4 September 2021
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Hello John, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your time on our Skellig Michael tour. We hope that we can welcome you back again in the near future. All the best, The Skellig Experience Team
Written 10 September 2021
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fionabheidi
County Cork, Ireland1 contribution
Stepping back in time travel.
Aug. 2021 • Family
Our trip to Skelligs was fantastic; the visitor Centre, skipper of the boat and guides on the island all added to the incredible experience we had on the day.
Written 31 August 2021
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Hello Fiona, Thank you for your lovely review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your time on our Skellig Michael Landing Tour. We hope that we can welcome you back on tour again sometime. All the best, The Skellig Experience Team
Written 1 September 2021
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naoimhmurphy0
1 contribution
Great trip
Aug. 2021 • Family
My family & I really enjoyed our trip. Amazed we got so close to the cliffs of the 2 Skelligs! Only reason I’ve given 4 & not 5 stars is because we’re reserving the 5 stars for a landing trip on Michael next time
Written 31 August 2021
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Hello Naoimh, Thank you for your very kind review. We are very happy to hear you and your family enjoyed your time on our Skellig Michael Sea Cruise. We sincerely hope that we can welcome you on a Skellig Michael Landing Tour in the near future. All the best, The Skellig Experience Team
Written 1 September 2021
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SukkoPera
Turin, Italy40 contributions
Stunning Place!
Aug. 2021
Skellig Michael is an awesome place, it is an absolute must-see for everyone, even though it's fairly hard to score a booking (visits to the island are limited at 180 people per day) and get good weather on that day.

Our D-day didn't start well, we woke up to the heaviest rain of our whole vacation in Ireland and we received a message from The Skellig Experience saying that sailings were suspended in the hope of an improvement of the weather conditions. We felt very sad and went to the Visitor Center with the worst feelings. When we got there, we were told that the landing area on the island had been secured and that we would leave at 10.15. We were offered weatherproof jackets and trousers and so we decided to take the trip, even though the weather still wasn't very reassuring.

After being shown a short introductory film, we took sail. The sea wasn't exactly calm and the boat trip was a challenge for some of us, but we finally managed to land and, as we climbed to the top, the weather improved a lot and allowed our visit to be very enjoyable.

The steps were slippy as they were still wet, but the ascent was fairly straightforward. When we reached the top we met a guide who gave a brilliant talk about the history of the island, the monks, the monastery and the birds who live there. The descent was easy too, as the steps had dried up in the meantime, but it would have been a bigger challenge had they been still wet.

Anyway, the island is a treat, for both nature lovers and people interested in the spread of Christianity. I'd heavily recommend to visit it at least once in your lifetime. As is this wasn't enough, The Skellig Experience added some bonus on the return trip as they brought us around the whole island (so that we could see the lighthouses and all the other staircases to the top) and even around Skellig Beog, the other smaller island nearby, with the guide giving plenty of information.

My only concern is that even though we left almost an hour later than the expected time, we weren't allowed an extra hour on the island. We still had to catch the return boat at 2pm, as if we had landed on time. This means we had to rush a bit, we would have liked to explore the monastery more calmly.
Written 23 August 2021
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. This tour is very dependent on weather and while we are sorry the tour was delayed for you we are delighted that you enjoyed your experience on Skellig Michael. We are very sorry that you felt rushed but unfortunately due to regulations each group is only allowed a certain amount of time on the island. We hope that we can welcome you back on tour again in the near future. All the best, The Skellig Experience Team
Written 1 September 2021
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gearoid
1 contribution
Fantastic day out today
Aug. 2021 • Family
We went on this boat trip around the Skelligs along with our 5 year old son, we had a brilliant trip and The captain was excellent telling us about the islands. Sorry captain can’t remember your name. Definitely the best trip we have ever done in Ireland
Written 20 August 2021
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Hello Gearoid, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review, your feedback is greatly appreciated. We are delighted to hear you and your family enjoyed your experience with us and we hope that we can welcome you back on tour again in the near future. All the best, The Skellig Experience Team
Written 23 August 2021
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Joanne McCarthy
Tralee, Ireland3 contributions
Amazing trip to Skellig Micheal
Aug. 2021 • Friends
We would highly recommend this fine boat and crew to anybody planning to go
out to the Skelligs.

We took the Egal 3 out to the Skelligs and had an absolutely amazing
time. The boat was spotless, spacious, indoor and outdoor seating as well as a toilet.
Written 19 August 2021
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Hello Joanne, Thank you so much for your very kind review. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your time on tour with us. We hope we can welcome you back on tour again soon. All the best, The Skellig Experience Team
Written 23 August 2021
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Caoimhe
Valentia Island, Ireland1 contribution
Amazing day out
Jul. 2021 • Friends
Visited the beautiful skellig rocks with a friend earlier this month, was an amazing day out, would highly recommend to anyone😍. The skipper Daragh was extremely knowledgable and informative on the history of the rock, and was very helpful when a few passengers on board were seasick! If you are in Kerry, put this trip on your bucket list.
Written 19 August 2021
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Hello Caoimhe, Thank you for your wonderful feedback it is much appreciated. We are so happy you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope we can welcome you on tour again in the near future. Have a lovely day! From all at The Skellig Experience
Written 23 August 2021
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