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The Skellig Ring

The Skellig Ring

The Skellig Ring has been named as one of the top ten regions in the world to visit in 2017 by travel guide Lonely Planet. This amazing scenic region, located on the Ring of Kerry, is brimming with history and old world charm.

Valentia Island is one of Ireland’s most westerly points and is linked to the mainland by a bridge at Portmagee on The Skellig Ring.

Valentia IslandPortmagee, on The Skellig Ring, is a delightful fishing village on the Wild Atlantic Way and is the gateway to Skellig Michael.


The Skelligs are two islands located about 12km off the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry. Skellig Michael is a Unesco World Heritage Site as it was an early Christian hermitage and the well-preserved remains of the monastery are still intact today.

The Skellig Islands

Waterville is a picturesque seaside village located on the Wild Atlantic Way and is part of The Skellig Ring. It’s the perfect location for outdoor enthusiasts and was a favourite holiday spot for the famous Charlie Chaplin!

Waterville in Country Kerry

Ballinaskelligs is a Gaeltacht area in the south-west of the Iveragh peninsula and is part of The Skellig Ring. It’s not only a walkers paradise, but home to an Augustinian Priory which was founded for monks who came to the mainland from Skellig Michael in the 12th Century.



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The Quiet Magic of Skellig Michael

The Quiet Magic of Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael is the larger of two stunning islands that can be found approximately 12 km west of the Iveragh Peninsula, County Kerry. The breath-taking island towers an impressive 218 metres above sea level and is made from 350 million year old Devonian sandstone. It is a place of historical, religious and natural significance and is a must-see on your trip to Ireland!

UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Quiet Magic of Skellig Michael Skellig Michael was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1996, mainly due to the fascinating Early Christian monastery that can be found there. It is estimated that the monastery was built at some time between the 6th and 8th century and it truly is a sight to behold. It sits 618 steps high and is home to beehive cells, two oratories, stone crosses and a medieval church. It is accepted that this monastery is one of the most dramatic and beautiful examples of the extremes of Christian monasticism in the entire world.

Unique Landscape

The Quiet Magic of Skellig Michael What’s more, Skellig Michael also boasts a unique landscape, showcasing Ireland’s natural beauty and is a designated nature reserve. It is one of Ireland’s most important sites for seabird breeding and is home to many rare flora and fauna. The island located on the Wild Atlantic Way, provides stunning views out across the Atlantic Ocean and has its own impressive lighthouse. There is something indescribable about standing on Skellig Michael and taking in your striking surroundings while the waves crash down below.

Take a boat trip

Boat trips are available, weather permitting, from Portmagee in County Kerry and takes approximately 45 minutes. You are given time to explore the island at your own pace, and then the boat takes you back to the mainland. On your trip to the Emerald Isle, you cannot miss out on the chance to experience the quiet magic of Skellig Michael!

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