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Explore one of the wonders of the world
Eight miles off Kerry’s magnificent Iveragh Peninsula – where Ireland’s highest mountain range sweeps down to the wild Atlantic coast – is one of the wonders of the world: Skellig Michael. 1300 years ago, early Christian monks built a remarkable hermitage at the top of this jagged ocean crag – then at the furthest limits of the known world. Steep steps are carved into the rock. Near the 213 metres (700ft) summit is a collection of ‘beehive’ monastic cells: solitary places for contemplation and prayer, as far from the distractions of civilisation as it was possible to be.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
This extraordinary, far-flung place of pilgrimage – is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It can be reached by the adventurous – for a sometimes life-changing visit – on a small boat from Portmagee or Ballinskelligs … but only when the weather allows, and only for those with good sea legs and a head for heights.
Discover the best of South Kerry by exploring some of the highlights in the area.
SneemThe charming village of Sneem on the Iveragh PennisulaLearn More
Derrynane House & National ParkHome to Ireland's favourite son The Liberator Daniel O'ConnellLearn More
Derrynane BeachOne of the most glorious beaches in the worldLearn More
Valentia IslandRenowned as one of Ireland's best kept secretsLearn More
Dark Sky ExperienceIreland's first designated Dark Sky ExperienceLearn More
Skellig MichaelOne of the wonders of the worldLearn More
Ring Of SkelligA famous landmark centre renowned for its mercurial viewsLearn More
Skellig ExperienceA Wild Atlantic Way experience like no otherLearn More
Skellig Six18 Whiskey DistilleryVisitor distillery experience located right on the CoastlineLearn More
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