Skellig Michael - Sceilig Mhichil Monastery

This Gaelic monastery dates back to the early seventh century. It stands high on this island rock in the Atlantic Ocean about nine miles from the Iveragh peninsula County Kerry coast. The island of Skellig Michael is linked in pagan legend to the 'Tuatha Dé Danann' Celtic peoples who held the sea and islands as important centres in their mythical beliefs. One such legend is Manannán mac Lir, a sea deity in Irish mythology linked to the 'Tuatha Dé Danaan' also widely known in Scottish and particularly Manx legend.

The monastery on the island is made up of six 'beehive' huts, two oratories, small terraces and a number of grave slabs and early sculptured crosses, is about 715 feet above sea level and reached by a climb of over six hundred stone steps.

Getting there

There are a number of boat operators running from Portmagee and Valencia Island, Derrynane Harbour and Ballinskelligs Pier.

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