Along the Ring of Kerry to the Skelligs

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Puffins on Skellig Michael

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.

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Puffins on Skellig Michael
Puffins on Skellig Michael
Little Skellig
Little Skellig
Steps up to the Monastery
Steps up to the Monastery
Entrance to the Monastery
Entrance to the Monastery
Skellig Michael
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