As you step off the Saltee Island Ferry, you're instantly transported to a different world. The sound of the waves crashing on the shore fills your ears, and the salty sea air envelops you, as you ascend the steps and prepare to traverse the island from north to south.
Your first stop is at the northerly cliffs above a Grey Seal colony. You'll feel your heart pounding as you look down at the seals below, going about their daily business. But the real showstopper is still to come.
Continuing on past Prince Michael the First stone throne, you'll soon reach Cat Cliff, where over 3,000 pairs of Northern Gannets come to nest each year in springtime. As you approach, you'll hear their cacophonous calls echoing across the island. And as you look out over the cliff's edge, you'll be awed by the sight of these magnificent seabirds swirling in the air and diving into the roiling sea below.
But it's not just the wildlife that will take your breath away. Walking across swathes of bluebells, with many other wildflowers in bloom, you'll feel as though you've stepped into a different world. The air is thick with the scent of flowers, and the beauty of the landscape is truly awe-inspiring.
And as you make your way across the island, with the waves crashing aginst the cliffs beneath you, you'll feel a sense of peace and tranquility that's hard to find in today's fast-paced world.
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