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Another Skellig Michael question.....

We were wondering if there was any boat tours that go around just to see it but not wanting to land and hike it? Just want a boat ride to see it from the water....... do they even exist? Hubby is a HUGE Star Wars fan but not physically able to visit it and hiking.

If not is there anywhere from land to partially see it ? Thanks for any and all information.

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Okay, so I know the answer to your question is yes, there are boats that just view it, but can’t point you to a company that does this. We went to the Skellig Michael visitor center and I asked a bunch of questions about visiting, but didn’t write down actual names of companies.

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The Skellig Center, just across the bridge from Portmagee, offers boat trips that circle the islands. Check their website for details.
Their trips are much less weather and sea-state dependent than those that land on the island.

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Wonder if they run in late October......hubby wants to do this but I’m so scared of being seasick.....

I have a friend who went to the Aran Islands and her famous tagline became “I left my bile in Aran Isle”. Yuck but accurate. LOL

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Thank you all for the great help....I might put Hubby on a boat and try to find a place to see it from land if that exists.

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Per their website the cruises from the Skellig Center cease operation at the end of September - mostly for lack of demand. You might check with some of the local operators to see if they'll run you around the islands - you might get lucky.
Note that the trip takes about 2 hours and there typically are no facilities on board.
There are viewpoints along the Skellig Ring Road that have nice views of the islands, including the Kerry Cliffs. You can also see them pretty well from viewpoints just across the bridge on Valencia Island ... not far from the Skellig Center itself.

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Every boat operator that lands on the island also offers a trip they call an "eco tour". These are boat rides that circle both skelligs then go back to port. When I was there (May 21st) the boats hadn't started landing yet (they were waiting for dock work to be completed on the island) so all the boats were offering two eco tours per day.

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Thank you all for all this information. I really appreciate it. I’m not getting on that boat no matter what but good to know about the view point at least for mom and I.