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Skellig Michael

  • Address
    Skellig Rock, Skellig Rock Great, Great, Co. Kerry, Ireland
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Only reachable by boat from Portmagee from May to September, book anticipated
  • What to see
    Monastic complex from the 6th century


Early Christian monastery supposedly founded by St Fionan in the 6th century and abandoned in the 12th century. Skellig Michael has also been a pilgrimage and penance site during medieval age for people coming from all Europe. In recent times Skellig Michael became a famous Star Wars localization.

More than 600 steps lead to the top of the main island mountain, to reach a monastic complex, consisting of cells, oratory and a church where the tomb of St Fionan. Its characteristic circular stone constructions called clochain stand out. The site can be reached only by boat from May to September.


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