Puffin Island (County Kerry)
|Native name: |
Oileán na gCánóg
Puffin Island, with the Skelligs in the background
|Length||1.5 km (0.93 mi)|
|Width||0.7 km (0.43 mi)|
|Highest elevation||159 m (522 ft)|
|Elevation||159 m (522 ft) |
|Prominence||159 m (522 ft) |
The island is about 1.5 km long and 0.7 km wide, and rises to 159 metres. 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.
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.
The island also has some signs of ancient human habitation, and it has attracted the interest of archaeologists.
Puffin Islandand, in the distance to its left, Valentia Island
Media related to Puffin Island (Ireland) at Wikimedia Commons
- Nature and Wildlife of Puffin Island on www.discoverireland.ie