Skellig Michael is a precipitous rock and there are about 600 steps on the ascent to the monastery. Any person with health issues should consider carefully before visiting the site. Visitors are requested to give serious consideration before deciding to bring small children to the island. If young children are brought they should be under strict supervision at all times. For safety reasons, and to minimise disturbance and damage to seabird breeding habitats, visitors must remain on recognised visitor routes while on the island. In order to protect the wildlife, dogs are prohibited. Visitors should carefully read and follow the recommendations set out in the safety notices on the island. The Guides are the official monitors on the island and their instructions, particularly in relation to safety, must be complied with at all times.
The seas can be quite rough and the weather unpredictable, therefore it is suggested that all visitors should wear warm clothing and carry waterproofs. All visitors should wear appropriate footwear for the climb as the steps can be slippery particularly in wet weather. There are no toilets on the island and travellers should be aware that the trip in its entirety lasts up to 5 hours. Visitors are advised to bring food and sufficient liquid to avoid dehydration. Visitors are encouraged to leave no trace of their visit and should bring back any litter to the mainland where it should be disposed of responsibly.