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. The Skelligs are a national monument and have an international reputation for its archaeology. The Irish Times reported that fears of disturbing the wildlife were also causing great concern.
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 take about 45 minutes depart from Portmagee marina. Weather permitting, you are allowed a two-hour stay on the rock and then return to shore.
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The Institute of Real Art has explored the impact of the recent filming on Skellig Michael through the work of 8 contemporary artists (Janine Antoni, Jeff Koons, Matthew Barney, Anish Kapoor, Kimihiko Okada, Damien Hirst, Cindy Sherman, Marina Abramovic)