The Skellig islands off the coast of Kerry are a must visit on a vacation in Ireland. The islands can only be reached by boats that run daily from Portmagee. There are 2 islands, the larger island called Skellig Michael and the smaller island called Little Skellig. On the island you will see a wide range of sea birds especially gannets and if you time it right the cute looking puffins may be nesting. On Little Skellig 23,000 pairs of gannet nest each year, every space of the island is covered with these birds.
Skellig Michael has the remains of an early Christian settlement. It is remarkable how people lived on these islands. The islands are now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Please be careful as the steps up to the ruins is very steep and can be dangerous especially in wet weather.