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
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10:00 - 18:00
Monday
10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 18:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
Sunday
10:00 - 18:00
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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Cindy C
Columbia, MO49 contributions
Apr 2022
This is the first time I give a one star rate in any travel reviews.
I was very excited to visit Skellig Michael. I planed the trip to Ring of Kerry with Skellig the highlight. I knew I was slow so I did studies before I went. The Skellig visitor center was well organized and educational. The restaurant provided nice view of Portmagee and good chowder. But the boat tour was very disappointing.
I arrived early to the center and the dock. There were two rows of seats in the middle of the boat, facing opposite side. I asked the driver which side would face Skellig when we got near, would he drive clock or counter clockwise around the island. He answered either side was fine, he would switch direction so both sides could see well. He did switch direction at the small Skellig to see birds. However, my side never faced the big Skellig which was the main point of the tour. If I could I won't mind just standing up and turn around to have better look. But it was windy we had to sit down to stable ourselves. All I could do was to twist my body, stretch my neck to watch behind other people's head and arms (for they lift phones to take video). Honestly I clearly saw one new lighthouse (there are two on the island), a dock/landing, some bush and rocks that could be on any island. I didn't see the ancient ruins. The driver/guide pointed somethings on the island. But again it was at my back side. I couldn't see what he was pointing.
I was saddened by the experience of the boat tour. I didn't know more about Skellig than before I went.
To appreciate the tour I tried my best to take pictures of random parts of the Skellig. Hopefully some of them caught interesting spots.
Written 3 May 2022
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O Byrne
Dublin, Ireland59 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Since I’ve returned to Dublin this week it’s been on my mind to write a review to thank John at The Skellig Experience for his lovely way and enthusiasm about the area and the Skelligs. John, an absolute gentleman looked after myself and my Scottish partner when we visited the museum last week when staying on the island. We were disappointed to have learned previously that the boat tours around Skellig had finished for the season two weeks before our trip to Kerry. When I mentioned this to John he took my number to call me the next morning, seas were expected to be calm. True to John’s word we got the call at 10am and were on our way to the Skelligs at 12 along with 6 others. It turned out, the boat we took was the last trip til the season starts again next March. We were very lucky to have popped into the Skellig Experience Museum that day. Their beautiful restaurant overlooks the bay and Portmagee with floor to ceiling glass windows in addition to outdoor seating. Thank you John for your lovely way about you, for relaying the history to us and for looking after us. We came away from Valentia island, 2 very happy people.
Written 30 October 2021
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delvin2021
Wappingers Falls, NY1 contribution
Sep 2021
opportunity of a lifetime - dress for adventure - arrive early to explore the museum installation - research Skellig in advance to be even more informed
Written 23 September 2021
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anaroldao
Dublin, Ireland1 contribution
Sep 2021
I was travelling alone by train and bus and I get a great support from the Staff there. John and Lisa helped me with transport and accomodation tips and also made feel very well treated during the time I was in the city. All the attractions offered by The Sekellig Experience is well worth. I'm sure I will be back.
Written 23 September 2021
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Hana M
1 contribution
Sep 2021
The tour was well-organised and it was a magical experience but it has to be the landing tour if you would truly like to enjoy this special island. The only disappointment for us was that we missed the puffin season as they leave the islands early August. However, even allowing for that, it was definitely worth going - would love to go back there again during the puffin season!
Written 17 September 2021
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Hello Hana, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope that we can welcome you back on tour again next year. The best time to visit the island if you wish to see the Puffins would be May-July. All the best, The Skellig Experience Team
Written 21 September 2021
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kieran s
1 contribution
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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Hello Kieran, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your time on our Skellig Michael Landing Tour. We sincerely hope that we can welcome you back on tour again sometime. All the best, The Skellig Experience Team
Written 21 September 2021
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Fuchsia
130 contributions
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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Edward O connell
2 contributions
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
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
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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