Skellig Michael, Kerry

The majestic Skellig Michael lies 8 miles  off the coast of South West Kerry.

Skellig Michael 10 x 20" Oil on Board

Skellig Michael 10 x 20″ Oil on Board

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 Puffin

  • The Arctic Tern

  • The Black Guillemot

  • Herring Gull

  • The Razorbill

  • The Fulmar

  • The Manx Shearwater

  • The Cormorant

  • The Guillemot

    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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