The Great Saltee Island is an island that belongs to the Saltee Islands archipelago. Located 5 kilometres off the south coast of County Wexford, the Great Saltee is the largest island in the archipelago, and is considered a true wonder of the region!
The Great Saltee Island covers more than 89 hectares of wilderness. Registered as a protected island, it is a favourite playground for many animal species such as grey seals and seabirds (shearwaters, guillemot, etc.).
The island is much appreciated for its large creeks and shallow bays: the water is turquoise, and the beaches are a real invitation to swim! Not to mention its many sea caves that stretch along the south coast, as well as its cliffs that plunge steeply into the ocean.
For the record, the island has been nicknamed “The Cemetery of a Thousand Ships”. As the island’s surroundings are particularly dangerous, many boats are said to have sunk in the surrounding waters, crashing into the reef or into the rocks that are exposed.
We advise you to opt for a visit in good weather and to take your walking shoes with you. To get there, take the shuttle bus from Kilmore Quay.