Nine miles from the South Kerry coast is a true expression of the heroic monastic spirit of medieval Ireland. In the 6th century, monks built their monastery 600 feet up on this wave-lashed rock. They traded birds’ eggs, feathers and seal steaks with passing ships for essentials such as tools and vellum. It was not until the 12th century that they moved to Ballinskelligs.
For a really fascinating day trip, take a boat to the Skellig’s Unesco World Heritage Site – guided tours are given by heritage experts. In addition to the wonderfully preserved monastic settlement, huge colonies of sea birds can be found here throughout the year.
Boat trips are available from Ballinskelligs, Portmagee and Cahersiveen. Please contact the Hotel for information