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

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

The Maurice O'Neill Bridge to Valentia Island from Portmagee
Colourful houses on coast
Portmagee Harbour the starting point for the Skellig Islands

Get in

A car drive takes around 30 mins from Cahirciveen.

Get around

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) between Portmagee and Caherciveen that runs Monday, Thursday and Friday for €5 (single journey). Pick up in Portmagee is at approx. 09:45 at the Fisherman's Bar. The bus continues on to Tralee on Thursdays. Journeys to Tralee must be booked by 15:00 the day before (call 1890 528 528).


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




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



Go next

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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