Skellig Experience

Skellig Ring

Immediately across the bridge from Portmagee, this distinctive building with a turf-covered roof contains exhibitions on the life of the Skellig Michael monks, the history of the island's lighthouses and its wildlife. From April to September, it also runs two-hour cruises around the islands (no landing), and is a good place to get advice on visiting the Skelligs.

In March, April, October and November the centre opens six days a week, but the exact days change each year – check ahead.

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5. Glanleam House & Gardens

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6. Skelligs Chocolate

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