Saltee Islands, Kilmore Quay

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The Saltee Islands are a pair of small islands lying 5 kilometres off the southern coast of County Wexford in Ireland. The two islands are Great Saltee and Little Saltee . They have been more of less unoccupied since the early 20th century. Both have been privately owned by the Neale family since 1943. Together the islands cover an area of 1.2 square kilometers.Protected statusThe islands are a breeding ground for fulmar, gannet, shag, kittiwake, guillemot, razorbill, puffin and grey seal. An area surrounding both islands and extending approximately 500m off shore was granted the status of a Special Protection Area to protect the bird habitat. The islands are also at the center of a related Special Area of Conservation named after them, extending to the mainland coastline east of Kilmore Quay. The conservation area specifically addresses: the mud and sand flats on the mainland coastline as well as those surrounding the mainland facing sides of Little Saltee; large shallow inlets and bays to the west of an imaginary line joining Kilmore Quay and Great Saltee; reefs throughout the entire area; the vegetated sea cliffs which surround both islands; sea caves along the south coast of Great Saltee and the entire area as a grey seal habitat with specific reference to both islands as important sites, including for breeding, along with some areas further out also of interest as moult and resting haul-out sites.
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  • I have visited the Saltee Islands in Wexford many times now, and it is one of my favourite places in Ireland. I go in the Summer to take photos of the birds. The Ferry trip over is always fun. I would...  more »
  • A pleasant 20 minute boat trip brings you out to the Saltee islands . The islands are uninhabited except for rabbits and birds . Your stay is approx 4 hours and you will need to bring food and water w...  more »
  • If you enjoy rugged, celtic magic feeling, then this is a must.. Just off the Quay of Kilmore.. Kilmore Quay is incredibly quaint with whitewashed thatched cottages, fishermen bringing their catch int...  more »

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