Puffin Island (County Kerry)

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Puffin Island
Native name: Oileán na gCánóg
Puffin Island, with the Skelligs in the background
Puffin Island is located in island of Ireland
Puffin Island
Puffin Island
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]
Province Munster
County Kerry
Population 0
Puffin Island
Highest point
Elevation 159 m (522 ft) [1]
Prominence 159 m (522 ft) [1]
Listing Marilyn
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.


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]


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


  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.

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External links[edit]

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