If you go: The Skellig Islands, Ireland

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Globe correspondent / October 30, 2005

How to get there

The Skellig Islands are in County Kerry, Ireland, about 122 miles, or a three-hour drive, from the airport in Shannon. Follow highways N70 and R565 to the town of Portmagee on the Iveragh Peninsula off the Ring of Kerry.

Pat Joe Murphy's cruises to the Skellig Islands depart daily at 10:30 a.m. in spring and summer, weather permitting, and cost about $42 per person.

Des Lavelle's boat trips depart daily at 11 a.m., mid-April to mid-September, from The Skellig Experience visitors center on Valentia Island and also cost about $42 per person.

Where to stay

Beach Cove B&B

St. Finian's Bay, Ballinskelligs


Comfortable, remote location with scenic beach vista and view of the Skellig Islands. A 15-minute drive from the Portmagee pier and Valentia Island. About $37 per person, including breakfast.

Island View Guesthouse & B&B

New Road, Portmagee


A half-mile from the Portmagee pier. About $42 per person, including breakfast.

Where to eat

Ballinskelligs Inn (Cable O'Leary's)

On R566 (just off R70)


A lively atmosphere and the usual pub fare (burgers, fish and chips, Guinness on tap) served late into the evening. A typical meal costs about $13, including a pint.

Skellig Mist

Main Street, Portmagee

Coffee, tea, and homemade pastries near the Portmagee pier. About $6.50 for a fresh pastry and tea or coffee.

What to do

The Skellig Experience

Valentia Island


Open April-November. Museum display, audio-visual presentation, gift shop, and island cruises.

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