Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael, photo by Jerzy Strzelecki
Skellig Michael (photo by Jerzy Strzelecki)
 

Skellig Michael is an island and UNESCO World Heritage Site located about 7 mi (12 km) off of the southwest coast of Ireland.

Originally home to a 6th Century monastic settlement, the complex is perched on the steep sides of the larger of the two Skellig Islands. The extreme remoteness has discouraged visitors, making the site is exceptionally well preserved.

The two Skellig islands hold nationally important populations of a number of seabirds, including gannet, fulmar, kittiwake, razorbill, common guillemot, Atlantic puffin, Storm petrels, and Manx shearwaters.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
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Lative

Lative offers pet-friendly accommodation in Lateeve. The property boasts views of the sea is 29 km from Dingle. Free private parking is available on site. The kitchenette is equipped with an oven and a microwave. A flat-screen TV is featured. Average score from 22 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$64

 
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Golf Links View Bed and Breakfast

Golf Links View is situated on the main Ring of Kerry road. It is close to Waterville, a sandy beach, 2 golf courses and Kerry Way walking route. Average score from 25 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$107

 
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Danu House

Featuring free WiFi, Danu House offers accommodation in Valentia Island, 2.9 km from Skellig Experience Centre. Free private parking is available on site. Certain units feature views of the mountain or garden. Average score from 19 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$59

 
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Eilymaes

Offering a sun terrace and views of the sea, Eilymaes is located in Portmagee in the Kerry Region. Dingle is 29 km away. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property. All units include a seating area. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 9.7/10.

$107

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The Fetcheries

Set in Sussa, Emiaghmore, 49 km from Kenmare, The Fetcheries features free WiFi access and free private parking. Some units feature a seating area where you can relax. Some rooms include views of the sea or mountain. Average score from 17 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$80

 
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See all hotels in Skellig Michael.
Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
29 Waterville Links Holiday Home

29 Waterville Links Holiday Home

29 Waterville Links Holiday Home is located in Waterville. This three-bedroom house has sea and mountain views. The accommodation will provide you with a TV and a DVD player. There is a full kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave. Average score from 29 guest reviews: 9.9/10.

$75

 
$759.9
Cul Draiochta B&B

Cul Draiochta B&B

Cul Draiochta is a spacious bed and breakfast in Cahersiveen, County Kerry, with beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and mountain landscape. Average score from 201 guest reviews: 9.6/10.

$74

 
$749.6
San Antoine B & B

San Antoine B & B

Within Cahersiveen town on the main N70 Ring of Kerry road, San Antoine B&B offers cosily furnished rooms with private bathrooms. Free parking is available, and Cahersiveen Ferry Terminal is just 10 minutes’ walk away. Average score from 114 guest reviews: 9.6/10.

$75 - $107

 
$759.6
Cul Cottage

Cul Cottage

Cul Cottage is a detached holiday home set in Valentia Island in the Kerry Region and is 1.6 km from Skellig Experience Centre. It provides free private parking. The kitchen features an oven, a microwave and a toaster and there is a private... Average score from 96 guest reviews: 9.5/10.

$85

$859.5
Atlantic Villa

Atlantic Villa

On the most westerly inhabited island in Europe, this period residence dates back to 1873 and overlooks the sea. Just 7 km from Skellig Island and 2 km from Geokawn Mountain, it offers free Wi-Fi and free parking on site. Average score from 145 guest reviews: 9.5/10.

$85

 
$859.5
The Waterfront B&B

The Waterfront B&B

Situated at the entrance of the picturesque fishing village of Portmagee, The Waterfront B&B offers free Wi-Fi and is nestled between the North Atlantic and the Mountains of the Iveragh Peninsula, overlooking Valentia Island. Average score from 172 guest reviews: 9.5/10.

$85

 
$859.5
Brookhaven Guesthouse

Brookhaven Guesthouse

Set in the heart of the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Brookhaven is a charming 4-star (Irish Tourist Board award), family-run guest house, 800 metres from Waterville town, halfway around the scenic Ring of Kerry. Average score from 113 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$75 - $155

 
$759.4
The Fetcheries

The Fetcheries

Set in Sussa, Emiaghmore, 49 km from Kenmare, The Fetcheries features free WiFi access and free private parking. Some units feature a seating area where you can relax. Some rooms include views of the sea or mountain. Average score from 17 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$80

 
$809.4
Carraig Liath House

Carraig Liath House

Overlooking the fishing village of Portmagee, this Valentia stone house enjoys views of the sea, islands and Kerry Mountains. It offers large rooms with sea views and free Wi-Fi. The famous Ring of Kerry is a 15-minute drive away. Average score from 96 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$91 - $85

 
$919.4
The Moorings Guesthouse & Seafood Restaurant

The Moorings Guesthouse & Seafood Restaurant

Overlooking Portmagee’s busy harbour, The Moorings Guesthouse is just a 30-second walk from the pier, offering elegant rooms with marble bathrooms. Some rooms feature luxurious hot tubs and king-size beds. Average score from 236 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$64 - $155

 
$649.1
A New U Country Cottage

A New U Country Cottage

Featuring free WiFi and a terrace, A New U Country Cottage offers accommodation in Valentia Island. Free private parking is available on site. A flat-screen TV, as well as a CD player are offered. Average score from 27 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$75

 
$758.9
The Ferry Boat

The Ferry Boat

On the Wild Atlantic Way, on the West Coast of The Republic Of Ireland, The Ferry Boat is a small, family-run guesthouse located in the centre of Portmagee, Ireland's Top Tourist Town for 2012/2013. Bedrooms all have their own bathrooms and TVs. Average score from 112 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$64 - $75

 
$648.8
Portmagee Seaside Cottages

Portmagee Seaside Cottages

Portmagee Seaside Cottages offers pet-friendly accommodation in Portmagee. Dingle is 28 km away. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation has a seating area. Some units feature a dining area and/or patio. Average score from 47 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$91

 
$918.8
Iveragh Heights

Iveragh Heights

Within a 5-minute walk of the centre of Cahersiveen, Iveragh Heights provides bed and breakfast on the Ring of Kerry. It offers en suite rooms with free parking and WiFi. Average score from 160 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$75

 
$758.6
The Smugglers Inn

The Smugglers Inn

The Smuggler’s Inn overlooks the sandy beach at Ballinskelligs Bay. Most rooms have sea views and the hotel has a gourmet restaurant, free WiFi in all areas and free parking. Average score from 191 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$69 - $160

 
$698.3
The Old School House B&B

The Old School House B&B

In picturesque Ballinskelligs, the 19th-century Old School House B&B is nestled between sandy beaches and stunning mountains. This guest house serves home cooked breakfasts, which are prepared using fresh, local ingredients. Average score from 68 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$85 - $105

 
$858.3
Ring of Kerry Hotel

Ring of Kerry Hotel

This boutique-style property in Cahersiveen is located on the famous Ring of Kerry route. The family-run hotel has a warm, friendly atmosphere and free Wi-Fi internet access. Average score from 184 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$64 - $128

 
$648.2

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Combination
Archeological Sites
The island of Skellig Michael lies 11.6 km off Bolus Head, the westernmost tip of the lveragh Peninsula of County Kerry. The monastery on Skellig Michael survived a number of Viking raids in the 9th century, and was later significantly expanded, with a new chapel built around the start of the second millennium.

It is considered an outstanding example of an early religious settlement deliberately sited on a pyramidal rock in the ocean, preserved because of a remarkable environment. It illustrates the extremes of a Christian monasticism. St Michael's Church is rectangular in form, unlike the oratories, and would originally have had a timber roof. Two stages of construction can be identified: a small church in mortared stone was later expanded, using much larger sandstone blocks.
Natural
Wildlife and Plants
Birdwatching is the most popular outdoor activity, as Skellig Michael is home to large populations of asea birds of different species. The best place for viewing is on Small Skellig
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