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Sceilg Mhichíl - Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael (Irish: Sceilg Mhichíl): Skellig Michael is a small island in the Atlantic Ocean, 12 km west of County Kerry in Ireland. It is the larger of the two Skellig Islands: Skellig Michael and Little Skellig. The Skellig Islands are steep rocky islands in the Atlantic Ocean. A monastery was founded on Skellig Michael in the 7th century. It remained occupied until the 12th century. The monastery is perched on the 230 m high rock of Skellig Michael. The setting is spectacular. The 'Stairway to Heaven', leading to the monastery of Skellig Michael, 600 steps up to the top of the cliff, was constructed by the monks more than 1000 years ago. It is possible to visit Skellig Michael. The boat trip only takes place when the sea conditions are good enough to land on Skellig Michael. Skellig Michael became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1996. Name change in 2012: Skellig Michael into Sceilg Mhichíl. Work of Art: Skellig Michael 'Stairway to Heaven' 

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Sceilg Mhichíl - Skellig Michael - Skellig Michael (Irish: Sceilg Mhichíl): The monument at Telegraph Field on Valentia Island, here the first permanent transatlantic...

Skellig Michael (Irish: Sceilg Mhichíl): The monument at Telegraph Field on Valentia Island, here the first permanent transatlantic telegraph cable was successfully completed in 1866, stretching from Valentia Island to Newfoundland in Canada. The Skellig Islands in the background, Skellig Michael and Little Skellig, 12 km off the west coast of Ireland. The Skelligs are two small rocky islands in the Atlantic Ocean, located at the western edge of Europe.

  1. Sceilg Mhichíl - Skellig Michael - Skellig Michael (Irish: Sceilg Mhichíl): The monument at Telegraph Field on Valentia Island, here the first permanent transatlantic...

    Skellig Michael (Irish: Sceilg Mhichíl): The monument at Telegraph Field on Valentia Island, here the first permanent transatlantic telegraph cable was successfully completed in 1866, stretching from Valentia Island to Newfoundland in Canada. The Skellig Islands in the background, Skellig Michael and Little Skellig, 12 km off the west coast of Ireland. The Skelligs are two small rocky islands in the Atlantic Ocean, located at the western edge of Europe.

  2. Sceilg Mhichíl - Skellig Michael - Skellig Michael - Sceilg Mhichíl: An amazing boat trip over the Atlantic Ocean to Skellig Michael. The boat...

    Skellig Michael - Sceilg Mhichíl: An amazing boat trip over the Atlantic Ocean to Skellig Michael. The boat trip was frequently canceled due to the weather conditionse, we had to wait several days before the sea conditions were good enough and made it possible to land  safely at Blind Man's Cove, one of the few sheltered places around the small rocky island. The boat trip to Skellig Michael last about 45 minutes.

  3. Sceilg Mhichíl - Skellig Michael - Skellig Michael: The small boat docked beside the small pier in Blind Man's Cove. The only way to reach Skellig Michael is by a...

    Skellig Michael: The small boat docked beside the small pier in Blind Man's Cove. The only way to reach Skellig Michael is by a small fishing boat, only a few fishing boats have a permit to land twelve passengers each on the Island. In Portmagee is one of the departure points to visit and land on Skellig Michael. The boat trip only takes place when the sea conditions are good enough to land on Skellig Michael.

  4. Sceilg Mhichíl - Skellig Michael - Skellig Michael or Sceilg Mhichíl: From the Lighthouse Road you can see Little Skellig and the mainland in the far distance....

    Skellig Michael or Sceilg Mhichíl: From the Lighthouse Road you can see Little Skellig and the mainland in the far distance. The Lighthouse Road runs along the east and south edge of Skellig Michael, from Blind Man's Cove to the ruins of the Upper Lighthouse. In 1826, two lighthouses were built on Skellig Michael. The Lower Lighthouse, the Skellig Lighthouse, is still in used and was modernized in the 1960s.

  5. Sceilg Mhichíl - Skellig Michael - Skellig Michael - Sceilg Mhichíl: The 'Stairway to Heaven' is leading to the monastery on the rocky outcrop of Skellig...

    Skellig Michael - Sceilg Mhichíl: The 'Stairway to Heaven' is leading to the monastery on the rocky outcrop of Skellig Michael. Climbing the stairway to the monastery over 600 steps up to the top of the cliff and monastery is not easy. There are no safety rails, some of the stones of the steps are loose. The 'Stairway to Heaven' was constructed by the monks more than 1000 years ago. Climbing the steps, take care at all times. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

  6. Sceilg Mhichíl - Skellig Michael - Skellig Michael, in Irish: Sceilg Mhichíl: Several adorable puffins. Thousands of puffins spend their summers on Skellig Michael....

    Skellig Michael, in Irish: Sceilg Mhichíl: Several adorable puffins. Thousands of puffins spend their summers on Skellig Michael. Puffins arrive in April and leave in August. Skellig Michael is one of the most important sites for nesting seabirds in Ireland. Many puffins nest in tiny holes alongside the steps, they are often within arm's length of visitors. Skellig Michael (Irish: Sceilg Mhichíl) gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1996.

  7. Sceilg Mhichíl - Skellig Michael - Skellig Michael - Sceilg Mhichíl: The 'Stairway to Heaven' just before Christ's Saddle, a narrow gap between two steep cliffs....

    Skellig Michael - Sceilg Mhichíl: The 'Stairway to Heaven' just before Christ's Saddle, a narrow gap between two steep cliffs. The stairway is leading up to the ruins of the monastery on top of Skellig Michael. On top of the rock, there are the beehive huts situated in the medieval monastic settlement. A visit to Skellig Michael is a thrilling adventure for those who do not suffer from the fear of heights.

  8. Sceilg Mhichíl - Skellig Michael - Skellig Michael - Sceilg Mhichíl: On the left hand side the monastery of Skellig Michael, on the right hand side Little Skellig. The...

    Skellig Michael - Sceilg Mhichíl: On the left hand side the monastery of Skellig Michael, on the right hand side Little Skellig. The two Skellig islands, Skellig Michael and Little Skellig, are steep rocky islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Skellig Michael is also known as Great Skellig, Little Skellig is also known as Skellig Beag. The Skellig Islands are famous for their large colonies of breeding seabirds. The Skelligs are among the most important bird reserves of Ireland.

  9. Sceilg Mhichíl - Skellig Michael - Skellig Michael - Sceilg Mhichíl: The dry-stone walls and entrance to the monastery of Skellig Michael. The monastery was...

    Skellig Michael - Sceilg Mhichíl: The dry-stone walls and entrance to the monastery of Skellig Michael. The monastery was dedicated to St. Michael sometime before 1044. No more than twelve monks and an abbot lived here at any given moment. Skellig Michael was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996. In 2012, the name on the list was changed into Sceilg Mhichíl, the Irish name of the island.

  10. Sceilg Mhichíl - Skellig Michael - Skellig Michael (Irish: Sceilg Mhichíl): The remains of the medieval chapel of the monastery. Two lighthouses were built on Skellig Michael...

    Skellig Michael (Irish: Sceilg Mhichíl): The remains of the medieval chapel of the monastery. Two lighthouses were built on Skellig Michael in 1826. The lighthouse keepers and their families lived on the rocky island. One of the lighthouse keepers buried two of his infant sons, who died of an illness, in this chapel and covered their graves with a gravestone. One of  the boys died at the age of two in 1868, the other boy died at the age of four in 1869.

  11. Sceilg Mhichíl - Skellig Michael - Skellig Michael - Sceilg Mhichíl: The small 'beehive' oratory. The small island of Skellig Michael was the destination af a small...

    Skellig Michael - Sceilg Mhichíl: The small 'beehive' oratory. The small island of Skellig Michael was the destination af a small group of monks. In this inaccessible island on the edge of the world the monks sought for greater union with God. The monks managed to survive by eating seabirds, eggs, fish and by collecting rain water in cisterns. On small plots lof land they grew vegetables.

  12. Sceilg Mhichíl - Skellig Michael - Skellig Michael (Irish: Sceilg Mhichíl): The monastery of Skellig Michael was constructed in the 7th century, it is perched at...

    Skellig Michael (Irish: Sceilg Mhichíl): The monastery of Skellig Michael was constructed in the 7th century, it is perched at a  230 metres high rock. The monastery consist of several beehive huts. The Vikings plundered all over Ireland more than thousand years ago. Skellig Michael was also raided several times. Due to Viking raids, the harsh climate and numerous heavy storms, the monastery was abandoned in the 12th century.

  13. Sceilg Mhichíl - Skellig Michael - Skellig Michael - Sceilg Mhichíl: Several beehive huts perched on the 230 metres high rock of Skellig Michael. The stone...

    Skellig Michael - Sceilg Mhichíl: Several beehive huts perched on the 230 metres high rock of Skellig Michael. The stone dwellings are called beehive huts because of their conical shape, the beehive huts were built without the use of mortar. The monastery consists of a church, two small oratories or chapels, a graveyard and six beehive huts to house the monks. At Needle's Eye is another oratory, but this is not accessible anymore.

  14. Sceilg Mhichíl - Skellig Michael - Skellig Michael - Sceilg Mhichíl: Little Skellig and the western coast of Ireland seen from the top of Skellig Michael. Gannets can be...

    Skellig Michael - Sceilg Mhichíl: Little Skellig and the western coast of Ireland seen from the top of Skellig Michael. Gannets can be seen off all coastal areas in Ireland throughout the year, but the best place to see gannets is at Little Skellig. Little Skellig is home to one of the largest colony of gannets in the world. The Skellig Islands are both famous for their large colonies of seabirds such as the puffin, gannet, northern fulmar and razorbill.

  15. Sceilg Mhichíl - Skellig Michael - Skellig Michael - Sceilg Mhichíl: The High Cross, known as the Priest's Stone, is situated in the graveyard of the...

    Skellig Michael - Sceilg Mhichíl: The High Cross, known as the Priest's Stone, is situated in the graveyard of the monks. The Priest's Stone stands next to the St. Michael's Church, a beehive shaped church. A number of crosses have been found on Skellig Michael. After a visit to Skellig Michael in 1910, the Nobel Prize winning Irish playwriter George Bernard Shaw called it 'the most fantastic and impossible rock in the world'.

  16. Sceilg Mhichíl - Skellig Michael - Skellig Michael - Sceilg Mhichíl: The struggle down the more than 600 steps of the ancient dry-stone stairway. There are several...

    Skellig Michael - Sceilg Mhichíl: The struggle down the more than 600 steps of the ancient dry-stone stairway. There are several stairways on Skellig Michael, the north steps, the east steps and south steps, the so called 'Stairway to Heaven', is today the visitor's route. The north and east stairways are dangerous, the access is nowadays blocked by fencing. Skellig Michael was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1996.

  17. Sceilg Mhichíl - Skellig Michael - Gannets on Little Skellig, the sky around the island was also full of flying gannets, on the right hand side Skellig Michael (Irish: Sceilg...

    Gannets on Little Skellig, the sky around the island was also full of flying gannets, on the right hand side Skellig Michael (Irish: Sceilg Mhichíl) is disappearing in the distance. With its covering of white guano and seabirds, Little Skellig is rising from the Atlantic Ocean like an iceberg. Little Skellig is home to the largest colony of gannets in Europe and one of the largest in the world. It is not allowed to moor on Little Skellig.

  18. Sceilg Mhichíl - Skellig Michael - Skellig Islands: Little Skellig on the left hand side and Skellig Michael on the right hand side. On the boat journey back to the...

    Skellig Islands: Little Skellig on the left hand side and Skellig Michael on the right hand side. On the boat journey back to the mainland, we passed Little Skellig. The trip to Skellig Michael was one of the highlights of our visit to Ireland. Skellig Michael is also known as Sceilg Mhichíl (Irish). The crossing over the Atlantic can be very rough. For a trip to Skellig Michael, early booking is recommended.