Skellig Michael Tour

Skellig Michael is a rock island located some 15 kilometres off the Kerry coast. One of Ireland’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this spectacular peak and it’s neighbouring Small Skellig is home to tens of thousands of seabirds, among them; fulmars, gannets, guillemots, manx shearwaters, puffins, razorbills, guillemots, storm petrels, gannets and more.

Located off the southwestern corner of Ireland, west of the great headlands of Bolus and Bray, these dark dramatic peaks that pierce the ocean as pyramidal islands draw a powerful reaction for all who see them. Deemed by many to be an ancient power point and linked to the energetic leylines of the earth (Michael Leyline), today, the rock island is renowned for the ruins of an early-Christian monastery.

First built by hermetical monks in the 6th century, the community of aesthetics remained on Skellig until the 12th century or so though the site has continued to be a place of pilgrimage for traveller from around the globe. Today, the remnants of the truly extraordinary monastery, elaborate stairs climbing the steep faces for hundreds of metres from different sides of the island to that enclosure and it’s other-worldly South Summit hermitage is without equal in the world.

Skellig Michael is a UNESCO world heritage site and is managed by the Irish Government’s heritage service (OPW) and the Irish Lighthouse Commission who’s two 19th century lighthouses (closed to the public) are worthy of a journey alone. Landing on Skellig Michael is tightly governed – by weather and regulation but for those called to this place, it will surely be a highlight of any trip to Ireland.

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Skellig Michael

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But for the magic that takes you out far out of this time and this world, there is Skellig Michael ten miles off the Kerry coast, shooting straight up seven hundred feet sheer out of the Atlantic. Whoever has not stood in the grave-yard on the summit of that cliff among the beehive dwellings and beehive oratory does not know Ireland through and through.

I tell you the thing does not belong to any world that you and I have lived and worked in: it is part of our dream world.

Irish playwright and Noble literary laureate, George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) on Skellig Michael.