I thought we did see spectacular cliffs from the viewing point where I took these photos; however, unlike all the other stunning viewing points we’d stopped at along the Ring of Kerry, which were free, we were surprised at the charge of EUR 4 per person (appx. USD 5). But how could we pass up “Kerry’s Most Spectacular Cliffs,” which were also the nearest viewing point to the Skellig Islands?
The Skellig Islands are made up of two islands with one being Little Skellig (left) and the other being Great Skellig or Skellig Michael (right). Skellig Michael is known for its monastery of stone huts built in the 6th century. A visit requires a boat trip to the island before climbing stairs to the monastery 600 feet up. The entire trip is supposed to be well worth the money and time, but time wasn’t something we had enough of, so I had to settle for a view and some photos instead.
To get to this viewing point, we took a detour off the Ring of Kerry to Kerry’s Most Spectacular Cliffs located just beyond Portmagee on the Skellig Ring road, which runs along the western tip of the peninsula.
With strong winds and a drop of over 300 meters or 1,000 feet, I was scared witless. Combined with the cold temperature, we looked forward to a warm beverage at the cafe near the parking lot. Even with our “20% discount,” which was a benefit of the price of admission, our two small drinks cost an additional $7.50.
Was this roadside attraction overpriced? Probably, when compared to all the other spectacular viewing points along the Ring of Kerry. But I thought the visit was still worth the stop. What do you think?