Take some time to connect with the land, the stars and everything in between as you look out over the Skellig Coast, humbled by the power of the Atlantic Ocean. Its landscape, chiselled by the force of the ocean’s waves yet gently embraced by the warmth of the Gulf Stream air, offers a new view around every bend and lends itself to a bounty of plants and animals that link back to the origins of Ireland’s geological past.

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Offering some of the best celestial views with the naked eye, come and see why the Skellig Coast has been recognised as one of only three Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserves on the planet and hear about ancient legends and mythology as they come to life in the night sky. Find a local guide who can help you connect the acclaimed dark skies and local stories of the Vikings and Milesians, visit the Cahersiveen Planetarium, Fogher Cliffs observatory or join a tour at the Skellig Experience Centre night experience and star show.

Feel the wind in your hair and the roar of the ocean as you explore one of the many coastal trails or enjoy one of its memorable coastal activities.

Whether it’s admiring one of the largest fish in the world, seeing a Puffin up close for the first time, or even eating a piece of seaweed, the Skellig Coast’s diverse abundance of marine life has a little something for everyone. Join a tour with the marine education centre (WEAVE) with international links to universities to be involved in citizen science (where everyone gets to contribute to science).

Water sports, snorkelling, diving, tours and beach/coastal guided walks where you can learn more about the extraordinary marine environment and the influence of the Gulf Stream.

Visit one of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland on Valentia Island and learn how life on the Iveragh Peninsula has been shaped by the power of the Atlantic from the time of the Vikings.

Enjoy the warm waters, fishing, horse riding and links golf on the Southern Peninsula with a much milder climate from the Gulf Stream.

Enjoy education centres like the Valentia Island Heritage Centre (which has the famous marine biologist Maude Delap’s collection) or the Sea Synergy Centre in Waterville provide marine education indoors.

The Skellig Ring Drive with views and photo opportunities from the Discovery Points.

See the first footprints on land at the Tetrapod Tracks and get your photo with a 400 million year old Tetrapod and see its footprints not discovered until 1993!

Visit the Caherdaniel Observatory and take a solar walk.

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