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.
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
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