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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 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.For Saltee Islands and beyond, use our Kilmore Quay trip itinerary maker to get the most from your Kilmore Quay vacation.
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Great trip for adults and children alike. bring suitable clothing depending on the day. Unfortunately there was no running commentary on what we were looking at which was disappointing. Might be helpf... more »
A short trip by boat from Kilmore Quay, this small and peaceful island is well worth a visit for its varied bird life and fresh air walks. Highly recommended for anyone with a few hours to spend or ma... more »
We took the advice of one of the locals and booked a trip to the Saltee Islands in May to photograph the wildlife. In short, it is a beautifully unspoilt island with only one family on the entire isla... more »
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