We travelled to the Skelligs with Sea Quest and they could not have been more helpful. From the well-run and friendly first approach on the quayside to leaving them 4 hours later nothing could have been improved. The Captain was extremely personable and told us things of interest. On the trip home he even went out of his way to show some people the lighthouse on the far side of the island. The spray caused some of us to get wet and he was straight out with waterproofs.
On reaching the island you climb up a gentle slope for a few hundred yards and are met by someone who tells you the safety aspects of your visit. Then you start the climb up the steps which do not have handrails and are very steep. I wondered how I would feel but didn't have a problem. The amazing thing is that in summer the puffins are within feet of you and we took dozens of photos. About two-thirds of the way up is a grassy plateau where they suggest you rest and have whatever food and drink you have brought with you.
Then you climb a slightly steeper set of steps to the monastery. This was everything I had heard about and more. The buildings are precariously built on an artificial plateau and because you are within walls it is a sun trap and extremely hot. There is a steward up there to make sure you don't climb where you shouldn't and every so often he gives a short talk about the island. He was one of the best guides I have seen - giving just the information I wanted to know.... about the monastery, island life and natural history.
Then it was back down to the boat which arrived bang on time to take us back. It goes via Little Skellig for you to see the Gannet colony - the second largest in the world (and smelly, even from the boat!).
A couple of pointers that might help visitors. The boat trip was about an hour each way and we had 2.5 hours on the island. It took about 45 minutes to climb to the monastery with a few short breaks and about 25 minutes going back. Do take food and drink with you but remember there are no toilets there or on the boat.
I really wouldn't have missed this for the world and have no hesitation in recommending this company to take you there. We paid 50 euros each and it was more!
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