Saltee Islands, Kilmore Quay

4.8
#6 of 15 in Parks in County Wexford
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.
Source
Create an itinerary including Saltee Islands
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
103 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • July 30, 2017
    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 »
  • July 29, 2017
    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 »
  • July 26, 2017
    Have been to the Saltees twice and on both occasions the weather has been gorgeous. The boat trip over can be a bit choppy and you can get wet if you sit in the wrong place. I sat right by the door of...  more »

Plan your trip to Kilmore Quay

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Kilmore Quay

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Kilmore Quay by other users

1 day in Kilmore Quay BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Kilmore Quay BY A USER FROM IRELAND August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Kilmore Quay BY A USER FROM IRELAND September, kids, popular PREFERENCES: September, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Kilmore Quay BY A USER FROM IRELAND September, kids, popular PREFERENCES: September, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Kilmore Quay BY A USER FROM IRELAND July, kids, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, kids, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Kilmore Quay BY A USER FROM IRELAND July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Kilmore Quay BY A USER FROM IRELAND July, teens, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Kilmore Quay BY A USER FROM IRELAND September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Kilmore Quay BY A USER FROM IRELAND July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Kilmore Quay BY A USER FROM IRELAND July, outdoors, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 1 day in Kilmore Quay BY A USER FROM IRELAND July, outdoors, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Kilmore Quay BY A USER FROM IRELAND August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans