The majestic Skellig Michael lies 8 miles off the coast of South West Kerry.
Skellig Michael towers 714ft. (218 metres) above sea level.
It is a World Heritage Site and a designated Nature Reserve.
Skellig Michael received close attention recently, as the filming of Star Wars proved to be controversial. Fears of disturbing the site and wildlife caused concern, reported by The Irish Times.
On the summit of this awe-inspiring rock, there is a remarkably well-preserved sixth century monastic settlement. On the spectacular Small Skelligs, Gannet nests appear on every available ledge making it the second largest gannet colony in the world.
Other birds of the islands include:
The Arctic Tern
The Black Guillemot
The Manx Shearwater
Regular boat trips which take about 45 minutes depart from Portmagee marina, weather permitting and you are allowed a two-hour stay on the rock.
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