Along the Ring of Kerry to the Skelligs
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If you are in Kerry a visit to Skellig Michael is a must. There are many ferry tours going over and you can get a lot of information about these in Killarney or even on the internet. I can't remember which tour we were getting but they are all pretty much the same price at around €35. It is a good 45 minute ride over to the island and it can get very cold, so make sure to bring a jumper or a jacket.
You have Skellig Michael which has a monastery on top of a hill which was inhabited by irish monks for around 600 years. The monastery was built in 588. Around 12 monks would normally live on the island at a time and their housing was the "beehive" huts. Those are very well preserved as the island was not that easily accessible.
Little Skellig is inhabited by a large number of mainly Gannets. We have seen a lot of Puffins and Sea Gulls nesting on Skellig Michael as well. With Puffins being the most delightful birds I have seen. It's so much fun watching them.
Nowadays the island is unhabited but a few people stay there for the summer time looking after the site and give some insight to the monastery.