The Skellig Coast is a driving route at the far west of the Iveragh Peninsula. It is half way round the famous Ring of Kerry - you feel like you’re standing on the edge of the world.
The Skelligs Rocks rise out of the Atlantic, six miles from the mainland. Little Skellig is home to one of the largest seabird colonies in the world; and Skellig Michael is an extraordinary island, where the remains of a 6th century Christian monastery can be seen.
The whole Skellig Coast is inspiring and energising. The coastal route can take you off down narrow lanes and through tiny ports and villages. You may find yourself climbing steep cliff roads, wind-swept above crashing seas, or strolling along a wide sandy beach.
There is plenty to see and do in the area. See our list of attractions below or you can download "The Skellig Coast App" for a great guide to the area. See The Skellig Coast Facebook page for updates.
Skellig Coast Activities
- Trips to The Skelligs (operate April - Sep)
- Derrynane House and Gardens (open March - Nov)
- Derrynane Beach (open all year)
- The Skellig Chocolate Factory (open March - Dec)
- Ballinskelligs Beach (open all year)
- Cill Rialaig Art Centre, Ballinskelligs (open May - Dec)
- Horse riding Derrynane, Caherciveen and Ballinskelligs
- The Old Baracks Heritage Centre, Caherciveen
- Stone Ring Forts, Cahersiveen (open all year)
- Sea angling (operates May - Sept)
- The Kerry Way hiking trail (open all year)
- The Tetrapod Footprints, Valentia Island (open all year)
- The Skellig Experience, Valentia Island (open March - Nov)
- Cromwell Lighthouse, Valentia Island (open June - Sept)
- The Slate Quarry & Grotto, Valentia Island (open all year)
- Candle making workshop, Valentia Island
- POD Creperie, Giftshop & Gallery, Valentia Island
- Valentia Heritage Centre (open April - Sept)
- Valentia Pet Farm (open Summer months)
- Valentia Playground (open all year)
- Valentia Island Sea Sports (open summer months)