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“A delight for nature lovers”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Saltee Islands

Saltee Islands
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A delight for nature lovers”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

Our walking club visited the Saltees yesterday on a beautiful sunny day. The sight of thousands of sea birds on the north east of the headland was spectacular. We enjoyed the sight of huge numbers of gannets, guillemots, razorbills, cormorants and shags as well as some puffins sleeping in the crevices of the cliffs.
We took the local ferry run by Declan Bates which takes about 15 minutes from the delightful village of Kilmore Quay at 12.00 midday which returned for us at 5.00 pm so we had ample time to walk about the island, take in the birds and enjoy a picnic while enjoying the beautiful unspoilt scenary.
If you want a day out which will give you a "feel good factor" with memories for days to come then this is for you! Bring your wellies or an old pair of runners as your are brought from the ferry to seashore in a rib and may get your feet wet - but don't let that put you off!
Visiting the island is graciously and generously allowed without permission by the Neale family who own the island. All they ask is that you respect the island and leave it as you find it.

Visited June 2014
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Greifswald, Germany
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Puffin paradise”
Reviewed 12 February 2014

Whilst both Saltee islands are privately owned, day-visits are allowed to the Greater Saltee (weather permitting) and a boat trip may be arranged from Kilmore Quay (with Declan Bates). This is a fantastic location to see puffins up close as it is home to a large breeding colony (May/June). The island is also used by gannets, manx shearwaters and seals. The throne for the Prince of the Saltee is also quite fun. The island is uninhabited and their are no facilities. Therefore, visit a toilet before arriving and pack a nice big picnic, with water, a jacket and maybe suncream along with your camera and binoculars.
Plenty of information on the island birds and history is available here: http://www.salteeislands.info
As the island is used by breeding birds - please keep a respectful distance from any nests/burrows or young chicks so as not to cause them stress.

Visited June 2013
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12 Thank Emily_D_14
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Wexford, Ireland
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great day out”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

everything about this day is an experience, starting from getting there. On a fine day a boat trip is lots of fun, not sure about a rough sea, but we were blessed with sunshine and the islands are beautiful in early summer. get there in may or june just to see the birds, gannets, puffins and what not, if you are into photography, this place is a blessing. if you are into walking to see wonderful views and lots of nature, the islands are ideal.
Dress for the day and bring water and food. if you can go there- go.

Visited June 2013
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4 Thank Jim Q
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Split, Croatia
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14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great”
Reviewed 21 August 2013

Never knew these islands existed. Popped out on a boat with Declan Bates after spending the previous night in The Wooden House. Was shocked that I had not heard of these islands before despite been from the county :) Would highly recommend it.

Visited August 2013
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5 Thank Thomas M
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Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Magic picnic”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

Wet landing means wet landing so wear wellies or be prepared to paddle in! Bring raincoats as it's windy in spots and no shelter if it rains...but it didn't! Great day out! A little hard to find info. Pack a big picnic and definitely go!

Visited September 2012
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2 Thank Elizabeth C
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