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The Skellig Islands, Skellig Michael and Small Skellig, stand aloof in the Atlantic Ocean some 12 km southwest of Valentia Island, County Kerry. A designated UNESCO World Heritage site, Skellig Michael is renowned among archaeologists as the site of a well-preserved monastic outpost of the early Christian period. Small Skellig, meanwhile, is famous in the world of ornithology and is home to some 27,000 pairs of gannets, making it the world’s second largest colony of the impressive seabirds. Skellig Michael is renowned among archaeologists as the site of a well-preservedmonastic outpost of the early Christian period, and it is now designated as a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site. Small Skellig, meanwhile, is famous in the world of ornithology,as it is home to some 27,000 pairs of gannets, making it the world’s second-largestcolony of these sea birds.The monastic site on Skellig Michael is reached by climbing more than 600 steps on a1,000-year-old stairway. Stone beehive huts where the monks lived and prayed clingto cliff edges alongside oratories, a cemetery, stone crosses, holy wells and the Churchof St Michael. These remains demonstrate the spartan conditions in which the monkslived until they left the island in the 13th century.You can experience these islands first-hand with a boat trip, or opt to stay on dry landand visit the Skellig Experience Centre instead.
Learn more about the mystical Skelligs, the two remote islands off the coast of County Kerry that provide an unspoiled glimpse at Ireland’s ancient heritage.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, these awe inspiring islands stand aloof in the wild Atlantic Ocean
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