Birding Locations Ireland

Great Saltee Island

The Saltee Islands are located off the coast of Wexford in the South East of Ireland. There are two islands, Great Saltee and Little Saltee. It is not possible to visit Little Saltee, but the Neale family, owners of Great Saltee, are happy for visitors to visit the island. It is not possible to overnight.

Great Saltee Island is one of the most important bird sanctuaries in Ireland. It has huge numbers of Guillemots, Razorbills and 2 large Gannet colonies. Puffins nest on the cliff edges alongside Fulmars, Cormorants, Shags and several gull species. The island attracts passerines in Spring and Autumn.

Great Black Backed Gull Chicks on Great Saltee Island: Canon 7D MKll, Canon 70 - 300 Lens: 1/500 Sec, F14, ISO 320

There is a ferry service that operates to Great Saltee Island during the summer. It operates from Kilmore Quay roughly every half hour during the morning and returning during the afternoon and evening. I usually book a ferry operated by Declan Bates from Kilmore Quay. You should call in advance to make a booking and check the weather. His contact details can be found here: Kilmore Quay Angling

Juvenile Kittiwake at Great Saltee Island, Wexford: Canon 7D Mkll, Canon 70 - 300 Lens, 1/500 Sec, F14, ISO 320

If you arrive early you can access the beach from the carpark just past the harbour where you can see a variety of gulls and occasional waders.

Great Saltee Island, Kilmore Quay, Wexford

Sat Nav Co-ordinates 52.172843, -6.589295

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Meadow Pippit at Great Saltee Island, Wexford: Canon 7D MKll, Canon 100 - 400 Lens, 1.4 Ext, 1/800 Sec, F8, ISO 250

June 2018

Puffin on Great Saltee Island: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1/2000 Sec, F13, ISO 2500

Razorbill on Great Saltee Island: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1/1500th Sec, F13, ISO 2000

Great Black Backed Gull Chicks on Great Saltee Island: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1/1250 Sec, F13, ISO 500

Puffin on Great Saltee Island: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1/2000 Sec, F13, ISO 5000

Gannet on Great Saltee Island: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1/1250 Sec, F13, ISO 500

Rock Pippit on Great Saltee Island: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1/640 Sec, F13, ISO 640

Rock Pippit on Great Saltee Island: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1/1600 Sec, F13, ISO 1250