We have two types of tours going to the Skellig Islands – Skellig Michael and Little Skelligs. On the Landing Tour you get off the boat and step on to the island. With the Eco Tour you stay on the boat as it goes around both the Skellig Islands getting right up close to see the historic sites and wildlife on Skellig Michael and the gannet colony on Little Skelligs. We also have an Audio Visual (AV) Boat Tour that takes 1 hour and explores the coastal islands and inlets with narration, video and images throughout. All the tours depart from the marina in Portmagee, Co. Kerry.

The Skellig tours are very dependent on the sea conditions. The tours are very popular especially in the busy season so it is advisable to book well in advance.

All bookings are taken online here on our website. We are not able to take any reservations by email or phone. If there is a cancellation the spots automatically become available again on the booking page.

It is very important that we are able to contact you at the phone number and email that you provide when you make your booking. The tours are very dependent on the sea conditions and we will need to keep you updated if the departure time changes or if a tour is cancelled. Please ensure you include your INTERNATIONAL COUNTRY CODE with your phone number.

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Departure Point: The Marina, Portmagee, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Skellig Michael Tour passengers looking up at the small Skelligs

Suitable for children of all ages depending on the sea conditions
Group discounts available, please email us for discount code


The eco tour has multiple departure times throughout the day depending on the sea conditions. The boat tour takes approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes and circles both islands getting right up close to Skellig Michael and the small Skelligs to see both the wildlife and the historical sites. This tour can get quite busy especially in the peak season so it is advisable to book well in advance. 


The Landing Tour, where you get off the boat and go on to the island, departs Portmagee marina in the morning and arrives back at the marina in the afternoon. Departure and return times vary depending on the sea conditions and available landing time slots. The entire trip takes about 5 hours including the time on the island. There is one trip per day for this tour. Availability for this tour is very limited so you really need to book well in advance. 

You require a reasonable amount of fitness to undertake the landing tour. Please watch the safety video before doing this tour.

Wailing Woman rock formation on Skellig Michael

We do not permit children under the age of 14 years on the landing tour
There are no student, senior or group discounts for the landing tour

Passengers on the boat tour looking the Skellig Region coastline


The interactive boat tour is an Audio Visual experience and is both educational and fun. As an alternative to our Skellig Michael Tours, the boat does not venture out as far as Skellig Michael, instead staying in the relative calm between the islands and inlets of the Portmagee Channel and Valentia sound. That is why we rarely have to cancel this tour due to sea or weather conditions. To begin with, you will learn the history of Skellig Michael and the birdlife living in the area. At the same time, you will experience the joy of wildlife and nature.  Find out about the movies that were filmed in the area including Star Wars and Harry Potter. In summary, the tour is a fun adventure and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. The tour takes about 1 hour.

The AV tour is not available during the 2022 season because of the Covid-19 situation.