Tour of The Skelligs, Star Wars filming location & Valentia Island County Kerry
The 6th Century monastic site on Skellig Michael is situated off the south west coast of Ireland on the very edge of the continent of Europe and is one of only three UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the island of Ireland. Featured in the current Star Wars film 'The Force Awakens' & The Last Jedi highlighting the mystical and magical features of Skellig Michael.
The tour will start in Killarney at 7. 00am driving the outward leg of the Ring of Kerry to the quaint fishing village of Portmagee where you take the boat trip to Skellig Michael. The boat trips have to be pre-booked in advance of taking the tour.
I do not accompany you to Skellig Michael due to limited seats on the boat, you will be greeted by an OPW official tour guide on your arrival on Skellig Michael who will give a safety talk, and also at the top of the steps at The Monastery giving a talk on the history of Skellig Michael. On return to the mainland we tour Valentia Island. Boat trips are weather & sea conditions dependent each day.
7. 15am - Collection at your hotel in Killarney or the surrounding area en route to port for boat trip
9am Arrival at port for boat trip
9am - 2. 00pm - Boat trip with landing and visit to The Skellig Islands.
2. 00pm - 2. 45pm Lunch
2. 45pm - Motor Tour of Valentia Island
3. 30pm - Return to Killarney via the latter half of The Ring of Kerry
5. 30pm - Arrive at your B&B/Hotel accommodation
* This Itinerary caters for 3 Travelers but I can also provide the tour for larger numbers at an additional per person cost.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will collect you at your hotel accommodation in Killarney
End location: I will return you to your hotel in Killarney.
Duration: 9 hours
The boats do not travel to The Skelligs during rough seas and adverse weather conditions and only travel from mid-May to the end of September each year. An alternative tour of The Ring of Kerry, The Skellig Ring and Valentia Island on the mainland will be offered in the event the boats do not travel to Skellig Michael.
Because of unfavorable wind and sea conditions the trips can be cancelled at short notice by the licensed boatmen operating the boats for health and safety reasons.
Luxury Mercedes Benz E Class Touring Car
Included in the total price is my Professional Guiding Service, all return Transport Costs from Killarney to Portmagee, such as vehicle and fuel, my Administration and Tour Planning Costs.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
35 Euro - The boat trip around The Skelligs (without landing) is priced at Euro 35 per person.
If you wish to land on The Skelligs and visit the Monastic site, the charge is Euro 85 per person which is paid in cash directly to the licensed boatman on the day of the boat trip to Skellig Michael.
Lunch, Fee of 85 Euro in cash for boat trip to Skelligs with landing which is paid directly to the licensed boatman on the day of the trip.
I am not restricted access to any Historical or Heritage sites in Kerry. However, State owned properties such as Muckross House and Ross Castle provide their own guides of the interior of the buildings and you must honour and respect these regulations.
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We had a lovely day with Mary. She is very knowledgeable and was very pleasant. She adapts to whatever your interests are and our day with her will definitely remain the highlight of our trip to Ireland.