Ireland
Great Skellig

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  • Day6

    Little Skellig

    July 3, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We motor at a fair speed out to Little Skellig Island, taking about an hour. We pass many seabirds and even some dolphins.

    The Skellig Islands are two small, steep, and rocky islands lying about 13 km (8 mi) west of Bolus Head on the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. The larger of the two is Skellig Michael (also known as Great Skellig) and, together with Little Skellig, are at the centre of a 364-hectare (899-acre) Important Bird Area. Whilst going around Little Skellig we also see many seals.Read more

  • Day6

    Skellig Michael

    July 3, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We then travel the short distance to Skellig Michael, circling it before landing at the small jetty. We see several steep steps, old and new lighthouses and plenty of wildlife as we do. Thankfully and unusually it's flat calm when we land.

    Once ashore we follow a narrow pathway that has been created, with walls to partially protect the lighthouse keepers when they used to visit. Now they are all automated.
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  • Day6

    Skellig Puffins

    July 3, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Once getting a safety and historical briefing of the island, we start to climb the many steep stone steps. As we do the island slopes are littered with small burrows, most with a very cute little puffin standing at the entrance. Some literally at the side of the steps, one head even pops up from between a couple of steps.

    This is why we are not allowed off the pathway, as the ground is very crumbly.
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  • Day6

    Skellig Michael steps

    July 3, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Climbing the steep steps to the top of Skellig Michael is definitely an adventure!

    You will have to conquer over 600 steps up... And 600 steps back down again. This is not a conventional staircase either. The steps on Skellig Michael are cut directly from the rock. They're steep. They're of varying height and width. There is no handrail and a steep, vertical cliff face lies below. People have died from falling from the steps on Skellig Michael.

    At the top of the steps is a saddle, probably the biggest, flattest area on the island, not very big. From here there's steps up to a peak on one side, now off limits for safety, and steps up to the monastery.
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  • Day6

    Skellig Beehives

    July 3, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Once at the edge of the known world, Skellig Michael is the site where early Christian monks chose to build their monastery. The monks shunned civilisation, carving out a meagre existence from sea and rock. They felt the extreme isolation brought them closer to God. Renowned as a beautifully preserved early Christian settlement, Skellig Michael was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1996. More recently, it was used as a location for shooting two Star Wars movies.

    The monks of St. Fionan's monastery led simple lives and lived in stone, beehive shaped huts. They would descend the 670 steps early every morning and fish for the morning's breakfast and would spend the rest of the day praying in the church, tending to their gardens and studying. The huts, which are round on the outside and rectangular on the inside, were carefully built so that no drop of rain ever entered between the stones. The monks left the island in the thirteenth century and it became a place of pilgrimage.
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  • Day1

    Skellig Rock Great

    August 9, 2015 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Sehr abenteuerlicher Bootstrip zu den Skellig Rocks mit Aufenthalt auf Skellig Michael.
    Ca. 600 (bei irischem Regen sehr rutschige und nicht ungefährliche) Stufen waren zu bezwingen, um in der alten Mönchssiedlung aus dem 8 Jhd. anzukommen. Wahnsinnig beeindruckend. Einer der tollsten Orte, die ich bisher gesehen habe.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Skellig Michael, Great Skellig, Скеліг-Майкл, Sceilig Mhichíl, סקליג מייקל, Սքելինգ Մայքլ, スケリッグ・マイケル, სკელიგ-მაიკლი, Didysis Skeligas, स्केलिग माइकल, Скеллиг-Майкл, Мајклова стена, Скелліг-Майкл, 斯凯利格·迈克尔岛

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