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Skellig Michael

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Great Skellig is a remote island set off the West coast of Country Kerry, featuring Saint Fionan's monastery and the Skelligs lighthouse


Great Skellig lies 8 miles off the coast of Portmagee in South West Kerry. Its a popular tourist destination reached only by ferry. The island is recognised as 1 of only 3 UNESCO world heritage sites on Ireland.

7th century dwelling


Since the 7th century, Great Skellig has been the site of beehive dwellings, medieval oratories and crosses. A Gaelic Christian monastery is situated on the island, approximately 550 feet above sea level. Visitors to the island must arrive by ferry and then climb up 600 steps to reach it.

Skelligs lighthouse


Skelligs lighthouse is one of the main lighthouses on the South West coast of Ireland. Standing at 12 meters high and 53 meters above sea level, its light is visible from 12 nautical miles.

In August 1821 work began on the construction of the lighthouse on Great Skellig. Two houses for the lighthouse keeper was constructed along with a road to allow access.

On 22nd April 1987 the lighthouse became unwatched and ran on electric. The light in the lighthouse was converted to solar power with the installation of solar panels on the south side of the island on the 22 October 2001. Two backup diesel generators that can be operated remotely from Dun Laoghaire are used to charge the batteries if required.

A number of scenes from the world famous film 'Star Wars, the Last Jedi' were filmed on Skillig Michael in County Kerry along with nearby Ceann Sibeal on the Western headland of the Dingle Peninsula.

Monastery on Skellig Michael island

Monastery on Skellig Michael island

Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael

Beehive dwellings

Beehive dwellings

Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael

Skellig Islands

Skellig Islands

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Entry fees, opening hours and other information is correct as of publishing, April 2018.


   

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