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Skellig Michael

A World Heritage Site

Skelligs Island, Kerry, IrelandOn this rugged Island off our coast is a well preserved monastery and a remote hermitage perched on a high rock. It is the most spectacularly situated of all our early medieval Irish monastic sites. The location of the Island has helped to preserve and protect the monastic remains, allowing visitors to look in awe at the wonderful achievements of the monks.

Skellig Michael is also an internationally renowned site for breeding seabirds with its steep rock slopes and cliffs providing nesting places for a variety of seabirds .

The Island has a combination of nature, heritage culture that gives this special place a strong sense of spirituality and profound beauty. It is truly a place apart.

When you visit the Island your visit begins at the landing at Blind Mans Cove, you will walk up the light house road on the south side of the island, ascending approx 300 metres reaching Cross Cove , you pass under the wooden canopy and past the helicopter pad. From here you continue 50 metres app to beginning of the steps to the monastery.

Skelligs Monastery, KerrySkelligs Monastery Kerry

After about 30 metres you will see a vertical piece of rock known as the Wailing Woman. From the Wailing Woman continue your ascent with the steeply rising steps bringing you to an area of flat ground between the two peaks of the Island known as Christs Saddle, it is here it is recommended that you perhaps take a break and have your picnic/ refreshments.(Remember to leave no trace after you). As you arrive at Christs Saddle The South Peak rises to your left this is the location of the Hermitage built by the monks.

This area is very inaccessible and visitors are not allowed access without prior permission . In front of you there is a fence which prevents access to the north steps these are closed to the public . From Christs Saddle there is another steep climb on the steps which bring you to the Monastery. Always proceed with caution on you journey to the top of Skellig.

Skelligs Monastery, KerrySkelligs Islands Kerry, Ireland

Trips to the Skellig are by boat, most boats leaving Portmagee pier at appoox 10 am in the morning returning by about 3pm to 4pm . It is advisable to take a pack lunch and drinks wear suitable foot ware and rain gear/outdoor clothing . For you convience we can book your trip to Skellig. See our rates page for Skellig Packages etc

History

The monastry may have been founded in the 6th century, but the first reference to the monks on the Skellig dates from the 8th century when the death of “Suibhni of Sceilg” is recorded . They are believed to have remained there until the 13th century when the Monks appear to have moved to the Augustinian Priory of Ballinskelligs on the mainland In 1578 the island passed to the Butler family in the 19th century the island was purchased by the predessor of the Comissioners of Irish Lights in order to erect 2 lighthouses. In 1880 the office of public works took the monastry into state guardianship. In 1989 the state purchased the island from the Commisioners of Iorish Lights , with the exception of the lower working Light House. In 1996 the sight was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Getting There

Currane Lodge, View from the property

AIRPORTS

Kerry 82km (See Flight Schedule)
Cork 168km (See Flight Schedule)
Shannon 210km
Dublin 393km

FERRY PORTS

Cork 178 km
Rosslare 341km
Dublin 391km

For the most direct route travel on the N70 via Killorglin and Caherciveen

Currane Lodge
Waterville, Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Tel: + 353 66 9474073
Mob: +353 (0)86 6030931

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