The Skelligs Coast’s Church Island Tour

Discover the Mystical Church Island 1hr Tour 

Step into a world where history and legend intertwine on our exclusive Skellig Boat Tour. Journey to the heart of Valentia Harbour and set foot on the sacred grounds of Church Island, a treasure of the Skellig Coast. This 1-hour tour offers adventurers a rare glimpse into the serene life of 6th-century monks, whose stories of faith and endurance are etched into the very landscape of this historic island.

Tour Notes

  • This tour involves climbing uneven surfaces to access Church Island
  • This tour/boat is wheelchair accessible – If individuals cannot climb the island, the tour can still be enjoyed from the water’s edge while enjoying the comfort onboard ‘The Navigator’.
  • Departs from Knightstown, Valentia Island & Renard Point.
  • Tour last approximately 1 hour 
  • This tour requires sensible footwear.

€50 per adult, €35 per child under 10 (Min. 4 persons for the tour to operate.

**Please be advised that this tour requires sensible footwear**

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Why visit Church Island?

Church Island stands as a monument to the monastic lives that inhabited the island. Here, amidst the ruins of their 6th-century monastery, you can feel the pulse of a bygone era, a time when monks and Vikings crossed paths. Only 200 meters from the shores of Beginish Island, the site of a Viking settlement established in the early 8th century.

Immerse yourself in the rich Celtic history as your guide leads you through an experience that transcends time, offering peace and tranquillity reminiscent of the monks’ existence, harmoniously intertwined with the land and sea. As you leave Church Island, let your imagination wander with local myths and folklore, tales of the strange and supernatural that have coloured the narrative of these remote islands for centuries. Decide for yourself: are these stories mere myths, or do they hold a kernel of truth?

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Real Reviews, Real Experiences

  • star ratingWe had a wonderful tour around Valentia, our guide was so expert and entertaining. As well as hearing a about the history of Valentia we visited caves to see star... read more

    September 1, 2021

    star ratingVery informative tour. Elizabeth was very kind and made sure we were comfortable. Great sights were seen! Both members went above and beyond to give us tips for our stay... read more

    June 22, 2023

    star ratingI couldn't recommend this service enough. My friend and I had a truly wonderful afternoon on both Beginish and Church Island - we will definitely be back again before the... read more

    July 31, 2019
  • star ratingDefinitely a must-do. We had a nice trip with a skillful ans friendly crew. Elizabeth knows everything about the history of this area and gave us lots of interesting explnations... read more

    August 15, 2022

    star ratingHighly recommend,amazing views of Valentia Island and great history background of Valentia given on the tour

    Book your trip and you won’t regret it !

    Geraldine F
    June 5, 2023

    star ratingGreat boat trip around the islands, puffins, gannets and seals, lots of local history plus beautiful scenery. A great day out thank you.

    July 27, 2022
  • star ratingBrilliant ! Themed trip for heritage week about the world famous Maud de Lap , marine biologist and Valentia resident . Loved it , will be back to do other trips

    patricia m
    August 22, 2023

    star ratingBeautiful tour and very interesting! Crew was excellent and informative with history and facts of the area. The drive into the “cathedral” cave was stunning!

    August 14, 2022

    star ratingThe tour is absolutely brilliant. The views are unbelievable, and to experience them so close during the tour is like no other journey. The crew is very attentive, and so... read more

    June 26, 2023
  • star ratingMy favourite part of the tour was when we passed a group of dolphins. Another part of the tour I enjoyed was seeing all the other wildlife around Skellig Beag

    July 19, 2023

    star ratingThe Wildlife 2-hour experience was very good value with great views of sea birds although sadly no dolphins or whales.
    I have not given 5 stars because our guide didn't... read more

    Nigel P
    July 15, 2023

    star ratingGreat experience. Really interesting your. Great fun. Really knowledgeable tour guide. Good value. Definitely recommend.

    August 23, 2023