Sceilg Mhichíl Visitor Season 2024

The Office of Public Works announces that Sceilg Mhichíl will reopen to public visitors on Saturday, 11 May 2024. Access to the site is dependent on favourable weather, sea, and island conditions.  

Kieran O’Donnell, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the OPW said,

I am very pleased to announce the reopening to visitors of this unique world heritage site for the summer season. Sceilg Mhichíl is one of Ireland’s most iconic landmarks and plays a significant role in the local rural tourism economy. The reopening of this UNESCO World Heritage site to visitors for the summer season takes place this weekend. Soak up the awe inspiring surroundings and have a safe and enjoyable visit”.

The magnificent heritage site is one of only two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Republic of Ireland.  The summit of this awe-inspiring rock off the Kerry coast is St Fionán’s monastery, one of the earliest foundations in the country.

The monks who lived there prayed and slept in beehive-shaped huts made of stone, many of which remain to this day.

Today, it is home to a fantastic profusion of bird life. Little Skellig is the second-largest gannet colony in the world.

Minister O’Donnell continued

As custodians of this site, the OPW continue to preserve, protect and conserve the island’s heritage and promotes an appreciation of the early monastic site and its breath-taking natural setting for present and future generations to come”.

It is recommended that anyone planning a visit to the Sceilg Rock should view the Skellig Michael Safety Video prior to booking a visit to the island as you will be in a better position to judge your suitability for this type of visit.   

Booking details can be found at