Puffin Island (County Kerry)

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Puffin Island
Native name: Oileán na gCánóg
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Puffin Island, with the Skelligs in the background
Puffin Island is located in island of Ireland
Puffin Island
Puffin Island
Geography
Location Atlantic Ocean
Coordinates 51°50′N 10°25′W / 51.833°N 10.417°W / 51.833; -10.417Coordinates: 51°50′N 10°25′W / 51.833°N 10.417°W / 51.833; -10.417
Length 1.5 km (0.93 mi)
Width 0.7 km (0.43 mi)
Highest elevation 159 m (522 ft)[1]
Administration
Province Munster
County Kerry
Demographics
Population 0
Puffin Island
Highest point
Elevation 159 m (522 ft) [1]
Prominence 159 m (522 ft) [1]
Listing Marilyn
Geography
OSI/OSNI grid V339677

Puffin Island (Oileán na gCánóg in Irish) is an uninhabited steep rocky island lying off the coast of the Iveragh Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland.

Geography[edit]

The island is about 1.5 km long and 0.7 km wide, and rises to 159 metres.[1] It is separated from the mainland by Puffin Sound, which is only about 250 metres across. Day visits to the island from Valentia can be arranged.[2]

Nature conservation[edit]

Puffin Island holds important populations of several seabird species, including Atlantic puffins, Manx shearwaters and European storm-petrels, and was acquired as a nature reserve by the Irish Wildbird Conservancy (now BirdWatch Ireland) in the early 1980s.[2]

History[edit]

The island also has some signs of ancient human habitation, and it has attracted the interest of archaeologists.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Puffin Island". MountainViews. Ordnance Survey Ireland. Retrieved February 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b BirdWatch Ireland. "Puffin Island, Co. Kerry". Retrieved 2009-11-02. 

Photo gallery[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Puffin Island (Ireland) at Wikimedia Commons