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Portmagee

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Portmagee is a small fishing village in County Kerry near Caherciveen.

Understand[edit]

This is the starting point for Skellig Michael, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Valentia Island from Portmagee
Colourful houses on coast of port magee
Boats at portmagee ready to leave for Skellig Islands

Get in[edit]

A car drive takes around 30 mins from Cahirciveen

Get around[edit]

The village of Portmagee is small enough to walk around on foot. Nearby destinations that can be reached easily by walking include Bray Head, Valentia Island and a small strand (waterfront) called Reencaheragh at the western end of Portmagee.

Bicycles can be hired in Caherciveen, but it costs extra to have them transported to Portmagee.

There is a local shuttle bus (Kerry Transport - Route 35 - Valentia to Caherciveen) [1] between Portmagee and Caherciveen that runs Monday, Thursday and Friday for €5 (single journey). Pick up in Portmagee is at approx. 9:45am at the Fisherman's Bar. The bus continues on to Tralee on Thursdays. Journeys to Tralee must be booked by 3pm the day before (call 1890 528 528).

See[edit]

Valentia Island can be seen on the other side of the bridge

Do[edit]

Trips to the Skellig Islands.

Horseriding in nearby Ballinskelligs.

Whale watching cruises in Caherciveen.

Hike around Valentia Island.

Walk along the Strand.

  • Kerry Cliffs (Things to do in Portmagee), Portmagee, +353 66 948 0985, [2]. Kerry Cliffs are widely accepted as the most spectacular cliffs in Kerry. The cliffs stand over 1000ft above the wild Atlantic and were formed in a desert environment 400 million years ago. Out to the west stand the amazing Skellig Rocks one of only three UNESCO world heritage sites in Ireland. Of course the Kerry Cliffs are the closest viewing point to the great rocks and also close the famous Puffin Island, where almost 10,000 Alantic puffin reside. (51.869575,-10.379162) edit
  • The Skellig Experience, Valentia Island, +353 66 9476306, [3]. Skellig Michael offers you the opportunity to enjoy a Boat trip to Skellig Michael.Visitor centre on Valentia Island (across the bridge from Portmagee) that explores the islands' history, architecture and wildlife. Also offers boat cruises around the islands, but are not licensed to land. €5 adult.  edit
  • Kerry Marine Tours, Caherciveen, 00353 86 156 28 28, [4]. Whale watching cruises (€60) and sea angling. Leave from the marina in Caherciveen. Walk on/walk off (no ladders or steps).  edit
  • Heatherhill Stables, Ballinskelligs, +353 (0) 669479318. open May til September. Horse and pony trails to suit all ages and abilities through beaches and forest.  edit
  • Valentia Island, (walk across the bridge from Portmagee), [5]. This small island off the coast of Kerry is linked to Portmagee by bridge, and Cahersiveen by car ferry. Things to see on the island include Bray Head (well-known spot for land-based whale watching), the starting point of the first trans-Atlantic cable, the Grotto, lighthouse, tetrapod tracks, Glanleam and Culloo. There are two small villages (Knightstown and Chapeltown) on the island, and the Skellig Experience Visitor Centre.  edit

Buy[edit]

  • Skelligs Chocolate Co., The Glen, Ballinskelligs, County Kerry, Ireland, + 353 66 9479119, [6]. Factory producing handmade Irish chocolates, not far from Ballinskelligs. Buy truffles, gift boxes, hot chocolate, etc. Opening times depend on season, see website.  edit
  • Cois Cuain Gifts, Portmagee, County Kerry. Local crafts and foods, festive and nautical gifts. Connected to The Moorings B&B and Restaurant.  edit
  • Deo's Food Store and Post Office. Open 'til 8:15pm. Newsagent, basic groceries and post office. Please note there is NO ATM here. The closest ATM is in Caherciveen (15km east).  edit


Eat[edit]

There are some shops and a restaurant on the road just beside the port

  • Skellig Mist Coffee Shop and Wine Restaurant, 066 9477250, [7]. Cafe serving a startling array of homemade pastries, coffees, wine, breakfast, lunches and evening meals. Leads directly on to the water for a bird's eye view of the waterway and Valentia Island. Owned by the first female pastry chef in Ireland.  edit
  • K's Golden Grill, +353 (0)87-659-3389. after 9pm. A food van that operates after the local restaurants have stopped serving meals. Serves typical greasy spoon fare: burgers, chips, drinks, etc:  edit
  • The Moorings B&B and Restaurant, Portmagee, County Kerry, +353(6694)77108, [8]. 6-10pm, April to October. Award-winning seafood restaurant. CLOSED MONDAYS EXCEPT BANK HOLIDAYS.  edit
  • Wild blackberries. These can be found growing on the roadside amongst the wildflowers, delicious! FREE.  edit


Drink[edit]

  • The Bridge Bar, [9]. Nicknamed 'The Posh Bar'. Touristy, excellent quality meals, live music and dancing on Tuesday nights. Part of The Moorings B&B and Restaurant.  edit
  • The Fisherman's Bar. Nicknamed 'The Gay Bar', as it's usually full of local men. Less touristy than the Bridge Bar down the road, full of locals.  edit

Sleep[edit]

  • Portmagee Hostel, Portmagee, County Kerry, Ireland, [10]. checkin: 4-8pm; checkout: 10am. Immaculate digs, more like a guesthouse than a hostel. Only five minutes walk from the main street of Portmagee. Free parking, TV room with DVD player, internet and 2 large kitchen/dining areas. Private and shared rooms, ensuites available. Skellig tours, horseriding and water activities can be arranged. from €15pppn.  edit
  • The Moorings B&B and Restaurant, Portmagee, County Kerry, Ireland., [11]. Excellent standard of accommodation, restaurant attached, waterfront views.  edit
  • Carraig Liath House (Portmagee accommodation), Valentia Island, County Kerry, Ireland. (just a short stroll from Portmagee Village over the bridge across the road from the Skellig Experience Centre), 066 9476344 or 087 6336100, [12]. checkout: 10. Excellent standard of accommodation with fantastic views; overlooking the village of Portmagee and the beautiful Valentia Harbour.  edit

Get out[edit]

Boats run between Skellig Michael and Portmagee typically carrying 12 to 14 people The boat ride is exciting and somewhat daunting!


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