Take some time to connect with the land, the stars and everything in between as you look out over the Skellig Coast, humbled by the power of the Atlantic Ocean. Its landscape, chiselled by the force of the ocean’s waves yet gently embraced by the warmth of the Gulf Stream air, offers a new view around every bend and lends itself to a bounty of plants and animals that link back to the origins of Ireland’s geological past.
Find Nature’s Window to the Past
Offering some of the best celestial views with the naked eye, come and see why the Skellig Coast has been recognised as one of only three Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserves on the planet and hear about ancient legends and mythology as they come to life in the night sky.
Feel the Power of the Edge
Feel the wind in your hair and the roar of the ocean as you explore one of the many coastal trails or enjoy one of its memorable coastal activities.
Have an Up-close Marine Encounter
Whether it’s admiring one of the largest fish in the world or even eating a piece of seaweed, the Skellig Coast’s diverse abundance of marine life has a little something for everyone.
Some Fantastic Tours and Experiences
- Water sports, snorkelling, diving, tours and beach/coastal guided walks where visitors can learn more about the extraordinary marine environment and the influence of the Gulf Stream.
- Visit one of the Iveragh Peninsula has been shaped by the power of the Atlantic from the times of the Vikings.
- Enjoy the warm waters, fishing, horse rising, and links golf on the Southern Peninsula with a much milder climate from the Gulf Stream.
- Education centres like Valentia Island Heritage Centre (which has the famous marine biologist Maude Delap’s collection) or the Sea Synergy Centre in Waterville provide marine education indoors.
- The Skellig Ring Drive with views and photo opportunities from the Discovery Points.
- See the first foot prints on land at the Tatrapod Tracks and get your photo with a 400 million year old Tetrapod and see it’s footprints not discovered until 1993.
- Visit the Caherdaniel Observatory and take a solar walk.