It has been a long ambition to see puffins and
I think Portmagee in May might be the go?
Yes, if you take a boat trip from Portmagee to Great Skellig, you should see puffins at that time of year.
As the boat trips are very much weather dependent, I recommend you spend min. 48hrs in the area, which hopefully will give you a good chance of getting out to Great Skellig:
Lots to see in/around the Ring of Kerry if you do have a spare day:
Another location where you can see puffins is the Cliffs of Moher, and there are boat trips along the coast:
Depending on how much time you plan to stay in Ireland, you might like to spend a few days in Clare and take the boat trip there, just in case things don't work out in Kerry. Lots to see in Clare apart from the Cliffs:
Hello. I don't recall any puffins in Portmagee, but taking the boat from there to Skellig Michael will bring you to bird and puffin heaven. I remember during our visit a puffin walking across my foot. No kidding, that's how used to people they are. If Des LaVelle is still sailing, he's the man to go with. Just beware that Skellig Michael has no bathrooms, and you'll be there for 3-4 hours, so don't drink alot before going. Hope this helps, and enjoy.
I was wanting to see the puffins on the Skelligs. Is this recommended for people with fear of heights?
Are the puffins there in early August?
The article above mentions that the Puffins are visible from April to early august. However, I was on Skellig Michael on 17th May and there was only a handful visible and because they were not yet breeding, they were not staying long on land. They should be there in early August, however I would say that for Skellig Michael, the best times to see them would be from mid June to late July
This is a travel related question so these are some of the images I shot in 2013 and 2014 of the "famous" puffins on Skellig Michael. These puffins aren't always the easiest to photograph!