Booking Skellig Island tours & Skellig Michael Tours

Landing Tours and Eco Cruises important information

Landing Tours Booking for 2018

Until the OPW who control when we can land on Skellig Michael release the dates for 2018 , which is usually around the end of January to the  end of February we are not able to open up our booking system. The season usually starts around mid may till the end of september.

Once the dates are released we will amend our website, facebook and booking system pages.

Liking our facebook page will then get you notification of the dates when they are released.

Please accept our apologies for this but it is out of our control at this time.

should you wish to book one of our Skellig Islands Eco Cruises that can be booked through our website at any time by simply clicking the button below to go to our secure payments page.

Skellig Michael Landing Tour

This tour departs once  a day from Portmagee Marina at 9:15am and is dependant on sea conditions. Availability on this tour is limited to twelve passengers per boat.

If you are interested in booking a landing tour please email us using our contact form here to check availability and we will do our best to accommodate you.

This tour is often booked well in advance so it is important to contact us as soon as possible.

This tour is not suitable for children under 10 years of age. 

The Skellig Michael landing tour requires a reasonable amount of fitness. If you believe you are not able to climb 640 steps to the monastery then we would advise taking the eco tour.

Booking Skellig Island tours

The eco tour departs every two and a half hours depending on the sea conditions. The boat tour circles both Islands and you get right up close to Skellig Michael and the small Skelligs to see both the wildlife and the historical sites.  Take a photo in front of Skellig Michael from the boat.

This tour can get very busy especially in the peak season so to avoid disappointment it is advisable to book well in advance.

Adults: €35 / Students €32 / Children: €30
Family: €110 (2 adults + 2 children)

Groups: Discounted rates available for group bookings on this tour, contact us for more details.

Cancellation Policy

As all our tours are weather dependant we reserve the right to cancel the tour due to adverse sea and weather conditions. Should we need to cancel the tour we will give you a full refund.

Departure times may also change for a number of reasons such as weather, demand etc. If this is the case we will give you advance notice of this.

If you cancel your reservation more than 48 hours in advance of the departure time, no cancellation fee applies and you will receive a full refund.
Cancelling your reservation less than 48 hours in advance of the departure time , a cancellation fee of 50% of the amount paid will apply.

If you cancel your reservation less than 24 hours in advance of the departure time, no refund will be given.

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Landing Tour enquiry form

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Booking Skellig Islands tours or Skellig Michael landing tour.

The information on this page will tell you all you need to know about how to book a boat tour to the Skelligs with Skellig Michael Cruises.

When booking Skellig Islands tours with Skellig Michael Cruises it is very important that we can reach you at the contact information you provide to us (ie. Phone Number and Email).

Because the tours are very dependent on the sea conditions and we will need to keep you updated if the departure time changes or if the tour is cancelled. (Please ensure you include your COUNTRY CODE with your phone number).

Skellig Michael Safety Information and Video

Should you require further information regarding safety on Skellig Michael visit the opw website.

Frequently asked questions

How do I book the tours?

All bookings are done online through our website. Click the following link to check availability and book your tour with Skellig Michael Cruises.

Where do the tours depart from?

All our boats depart from the marina in Portmagee, Co. Kerry. See our Contact us page for details of how to find us.

How do I know which boat to get on?

book office portmageeCall to our booking office in the car park by the marina and a member of staff will escort you to the boat. Our booking office is well sign posted. Turn right just after the shop/Post Office when you enter Portmagee village. We ask that you please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance of departure time.

Departure times for the Skellig Michael Eco Tour around both Islands.

The Eco tour departs at 10am, 1pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm and 4pm and takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Boat journey to Skellig Michael takes approx. 50 minutes each way, the rest of the time is spent at the island.

Does the eco tour allow you to land (get off the boat) at Skellig Michael?

No, The boat tour circles both Islands and you get right up close to Skellig Michael and the small Skelligs to see both the wildlife and the historical sights. Plenty of time is given to take photos etc…

Departure times for the Skellig Michael Landing Tour

The landing tour departs daily at 9:15am. There is one only trip per day for this tour. Boat journey to Skellig Michael takes approx… 50minutes. You are allowed 2.5hours on the island before returning to Portage marina.

Is there toilet facilities on Skellig Michael?

No, there are no toilets on Skellig Michael however we have a toilet on all our boats.

What do I need to wear: for the Skellig Michael Eco Tour?

Wear warm comfortable clothing and shoes. We have shelter for all passengers on board and we also have rain gear available if passengers want to remain seated outside.

What do I need to wear: for the Skellig Michael Landing Tour?

Wear warm comfortable clothing and suitable walking shoes for climbing the steps to the monastery. We have shelter for all passengers on board. It is advisable to bring rain gear for climbing and something to eat and drink. Sunscreen should also be worn.

What is the minimum age for a child going on the landing tour?

We recommend that children are at least 8years old to go on this tour. As there are 600 steps to the monastery you require a reasonable level of fitness to take this tour.

When does the season start?

The eco tours begin on March 15th and end on November 10th.

The landing tours begin on May 15th and end on October 2nd. There are no landing tours outside these dates.

All tours are weather dependant.

Is it necessary to book in advance?

Spaces on the landing tour are limited and booking well in advance is necessary, however space sometimes become available due to cancellations. Ring Paul on 087 6178114 for enquiries.
For the Eco Tours it is advisable to book at least a few days in advance to get your preferred departure time as they get quite busy especially in the peak season.

Cancellation/Waiting List

All our bookings are taken online and if there is a cancellation the spots automatically become available again on our website. However we often get last minute cancellations so it is advisable to call to our booking office in the morning at 8:45am and a member of staff will do his best to accommodate you.

If you need to cancel a tour?

If you need to cancel for any reason please let us know as soon as possible to allow someone else to book the places. If you cannot call or text please send an email.

Weather ConditionsAll our tours are dependent on both the sea conditions and weather conditions.

All our tours are dependent on both the sea conditions and weather conditions. If we need to cancel you will be given a full refund. Refunds are transferred back on to the credit/debit card you used to make the booking.

How do I book for next year?.

We are now taking bookings for the Eco tour for the 2017 season. Please check our booking page for availability.

We will be taking bookings for the landing tour in February, please check back on our booking page for availability then.

happy tourists after their Eco cruise return form roung the Skellig Islands